until 03.08. | #2482ARTatBerlin| Daniel Marzona presents from 21st June 2019 the solo exhibition Berlin Floater 2019 (after Marfa Floater silver/gold, Marfa, 2019) by the artist Mischa Kuball.
Mischa Kuball (born 1959) lives and works in Düsseldorf. He has been working as a conceptual artist in the public and institutional sphere since 1977. He uses light as a medium to explore architectural spaces as well as social discourses, public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects.
The question of a contemporary definition of public space art has undergone a substantial change since the 1970s up until our time. Since 2009, Mischa Kuball has developed a series of sitespecific installations entitled ’public preposition’ – a group of works, interventions, projects, and performances made over a period of several decades. What they have in common is that they appeal to a public sphere and implicitly question in what locations and under what circumstances what we mean by “public” is constituted and how it should be understood. In that project series Mischa Kuball reposits the topic oft he oublic space within an extended context. “Preposition” here means words, such as “at/auf”, “among/unter” or “beside/neben” and thereby the relationship between historical sites and their context. All “public prepositions” proceed from a precise analysis of the given site in which they take place. They incorporate their social, political or communal specificity and are considered to be temporary interventions that rely on the potential of an altered perception of seemingly familiar urban contexts.
For Berlin based space of Daniel Marzona, Mischa Kuball will re-enact the ‘performance without audience‘ that have been developed in form of a documentary video installation during his residency by the Chinati Foundation. Founded by Donald Judd, the foundation comprises an area of 140 hectares in a unique desert landscape located on the premises of the former military fort in Marfa, Texas. The focus of the action was a typical emergency blanket, originally used in space, made of polyester foil and aluminum. In the exhibition space, the desert, as well as in an urban context the special material was carried through the exterior and interior spaces by the wind or the air current created by a fan. Feather light and nearly immaterial, the reflective film visually incorporated the various surroundings and light situations. Accompanied by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Mission, metaphorical thoughts on infinite space took hold and permitted recognition of approaches to land art.
Berlin Floater 2019 marks the first solo project of Mischa Kuball at Daniel Marzona, Berlin. Kuball will shift there the action from rural natural space in Marfa/Texas to central urban Berlin, Friedrichstrasse. It will include also the empty gallery space and the streets and areas around its location. Videos, photographic material and drawings will be on view.
Since 2007 Mischa Kuball has been a Professor for public art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe. Since 2015 he has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf. In 2016 he was honoured with the German Light Award.
Vernissage: Friday, 21st June 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 21st June – Saturday, 3rd August 2019Zu Daniel Marzona
Image caption: Courtesy of Daniel Marzona – Mischa Kuball
Exhibition Mischa Kuball – Berlin Floater 2019 – Daniel Marzona | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibition Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin