until 20.10. | #2208ARTatBerlin | Galerie Eigenheim shows on 15th September 2018 on the occasion of the opening of the new location the group exhibition MANURE, GLYPHOSATE AND ANGER – a small consideration to the Anthropocene.
Of course, we know about climate change, environmental degradation and species extinction, but we’ve come to a point where human intervention in nature has reached a geological dimension. As the Anthropocene has been controversially discussed for a few years, the advocates are right to see a revolution that has not yet been experienced by humans. A revolution that not only affects the relationship to nature, but inextricably linked would also tilt all the certainties and coordinates in which we have established our worldview and our thinking. The Anthropocene is therefore not a purely scientific matter. It affects all aspects of human culture, from ethics and politics to religion and the arts. The first exhibition in our new premises in Berlin is a reissue of a curated, thematically oriented group exhibition, which was shown in spring in Weimar.
However, the consideration of the environmental destruction, as an effect, should be asked beyond the cause. At the same time, the western look is a very distorted one – in the main features a life is lived here that can be described as carefree and exploitative. It should be discussed not only the impact, but also the question of the attitude that man takes to it. How does one re-sensitize oneself to the connections of the world in which he lives? How does he connect what he does with what he knows?
From a conversation between Sahra Wagenknecht * and Harald Schmidt ** this context is aptly shown in a limited way. What speaks against capitalism? – Counter question: What speaks for capitalism? Answer: My lifestyle! So what is the dilemma? From this perspective, the dilemma is not just the plasticity in the oceans or the man-made increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere, no, the dilemma is that we do not know how to handle it. In this respect, the exhibition not only shows works dealing with environmental issues, but also works that show how the system works.
A very extensive topic which, within the possibilities of Eigenheim Berlin, can only lead to a brief consideration of the Anthropocene. Thus, the paintings by Enrico Freitag show monochromatic landscapes of genetically optimized tulips that reach to the horizon, the photographs of Claudius Schulze in a subtle way, the precarious interventions of humans in the landscape, major construction projects such as dams, street trains or wind turbines. Schulze goes one step further and next to the photographs shows infographics illustrating the extent of global change. In a less subtle, rather brutal and indiscreet manner, Philipp Kummer portrays man’s hybris in his sculptures or asks Stefan Schiek the ambivalent question of the positive. In his monotypes and watercolors between abstract and figuratively changing Werner Schubert-Deister shows technical residues reminiscent of an archaeological find, chemical clouds over the city or geological change moments. Julia Scorna shows the photograph of an almost dystopian zoo landscape Missing Crapsin Dialogue with the similarly connoted installation The coming out. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from an abstract painting by Adam Noack, which depicts the anger of the gesture and the manure and the glyphosate through the coloring.
Due to the extensive content orientation and spatial conditions at Kantstraße 28 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, the exhibition is experiencing an extended curatorial orientation and contextualization through a supporting program. Whether in the form of a recording of a TV talk show from 1993, in which Dirk C. Fleck controversially discusses with opponents of man-made climate change, or in the form of a spotlighted TV show concept called Die GO! Show. Be it through the inclusion of the end time computer game Burn Time by Max Design, the provision of a library that furthers the contents of the exhibition, a performance evening by Benedikt Braun and Konstantin Bayer or the reading by Dirk C. Fleck from his book The Ecodicture.
Enrico Freitag / Claudius Schulze / Julia Scorna / Stefan Schiek / Benedikt Braun / Konstantin Bayer / Philipp Kummer / Werner Schubert–Deister / Adam Noack /
Enrico Freitag *1981 in Arnstadt, lives and works in Weimar / 2002 – 2007 Studies Free Art, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar / since 2007 Board of Directors Galerie Eigenheim e.V. / since 2007 freelance artist
Claudius Schulze *1984 in Munich, lives and works in Hamburg / 2004 – 2007 Studies of Political and Islamic Studies in Hamburg / 2007 – 2010 Studies Conflict Studies in Istanbul / In 2011 he graduated from M.A. Afterwards, he worked as a freelance photographer for magazines, including the news magazines Der Spiegel and Stern, NEON and GEO. With thanks to Robert Morat Gallery.
Julia Scorna*1983 in Magdeburg, lives and works in Paris and Leipzig / 2003 – 2008 studies visual communication at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar / since 2009 director of the Journal of Culture
Stefan Schiek *1976 in Ulm, lives and works in Weimar / 1997 – 2002 Studies of Media Design / Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar / 1999 – 2000 Studies of Audiovisual Communication Universidad Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
Benedikt Braun *1979 in Konstanz, lives and works in Weimar / 2001 – 2009 Studies of Visual Communication & Free Art at the Bauhaus-Uni Weimar / since 2010 self-employed as UFK Ultra Freier Artist
Adam Noack *1984 in Duisburg / lives and works in Weimar and Leipzig / 2007 – 2013 studies of fine art at the Bauhaus University Weimar / 2010 semester abroad at the Pratt Institute New York
Konstantin Bayer *1983 in Gotha, lives and works in Weimar and Berlin / 2001 – 2004 Vocational Training for environmental protection technical assistant with specialist diploma / 2004 – 2007 studies of media design at the Bauhaus University Weimar, BFA / 2006 – foundation of the gallery Eigenheim in Weimar / 2008 – 2009 study visit to Shanghai (China), scholarship DAAD / 2007 – 2011 studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar and at the Tongji University Shanghai with the degrees Master of Fine Arts and Master of Art (communication) / since 2011 self-employed as artist and curator and artistic director of the Galerie Eigenheim
Philipp Kummer *1979 in Dresden, lives and works in Leipzig / 2006 – 2012 studies of free painting at the AdbK Nürnberg with Prof. Thomas Hartmann & Prof. Ralph Fleck / since 2012 master student with Prof. Ralph Fleck
Werner Schubert–Deister *1921 in Hachelbich; † 1991 in Borsum / 1937 and 1940 he studied double bass and piano at the conservatory in Bad Frankenhausen / 1946 – 1949 continuation of music studies in Sondershausen / 1950 – 1952 study at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig / 1952 – 1986 he lived as a freelance painter and Grafiker in Friedrichroda / 1981 – 1986 several applications for leave were rejected / 1986 departure to Borsum near Hildesheim where he died in 1991
Dirk C. Fleck *1943 in Hamburg, lives and works in Hamburg / After graduating from high school and a bookseller apprenticeship Fleck completed his civilian alternative service in Munich. He then studied at the German School of Journalism in Munich. He volunteered at the Spandauer Volksblatt in Berlin, was local chief of the Hamburger Morgenpost, reporter at Tempo and editor at Merian and Die Woche. He worked as a columnist for The World and the Berliner Morgenpost, for which he has written more than 200 biographies of German national figures. He was a freelance writer for magazines stern, GEO and Der Spiegel. Dirk C. Fleck’s journalistic focus is above all on ecology.
Max Design was founded in 1991 by the brothers Albert and Martin Lasser together with Wilfried Reiter and was an Austrian game developer based in Schladming, which has produced some games with cult status, especially in German-speaking countries. The company ceased its activities in 2004 / Max Design became known for the comprehensive instructions with background information on the actual game theme (for example, with Burntime articles on climate change or classic cars on the history of the automobile until the Great Depression).
Vernissage: Friday, 14th September 2018, 19:00 – 21:00 Uhr (on the framework Charlottenwalks 2018)
Exhibition period: Saturday, 15th September to Saturday 20th September 2018
Finissage with Lecture & Performance: Saturday, 20th October 2018 at 6 p.m.: Dirk C. Fleck reads from his book Die Ökodiktatur – on 8 p.m.: Performance with Benedikt Braun, Konstantin Bayer and guestsZur Galerie Eigenheim
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