JILL MAGID'S Evidence Locker

March 21. - April 7.

The opening will take place on Saturday, March. 17. between 7 pm and 11 pm,
in Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte, you are welcome!

Jill Magid's Evidence Locker is organized by Manray Hsu for Sparwasser's The Glowing Whistle Festival. Manray Hsu will be present at the opening.

In 2004, Jill Magid spent 31 days in Liverpool, during which time she developed a close relationship with Citywatch (Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council), whose function is citywide video surveillance- the largest system of its kind in England.

The videos in her Evidence Locker were staged and edited by the artist and filmed by the police using the public surveillance cameras in the city center. Wearing a bright red trench coat she would call the police on duty with details of where she was and ask them to film her in particular poses, places or even guide her through the city with her eyes closed, as seen in the video Trust.

Unless requested as evidence, CCTV footage obtained from the system is stored for 31 days before being erased. For access to this footage, Magid had to submit 31 Subject Access Request Forms - the legal document necessary to outline to the police details of how and when an 'incident' occurred. Magid chose to complete these forms as though they were letters to a lover, expressing how she was feeling and what she was thinking. These letters form the diary One Cycle of Memory in the City of L- an intimate portrait of the relationship between herself, the police and the city.

The project consists of eight parts in a variety of formats, including Control Room which shows what is seen in the eyes of the observer, and Final Tour in which Magid sat on the back of the observer's motorbike driving in the city until they vanished out of the camera's range.

List of Works in Exhibition:
Control Room. DVD, Diptych Video Monitors. Edited CCTV footage. 10 min loops.
Trust. DVD, Projection, Edited CCTV footage with audio. 18 min.
Final Tour. DVD, Projection, Edited CCTV with soundtrack. 2:14 min.
One Cycle of Memory in the City of L. Printed Book, 80 pages.

For further information: www.jillmagid.net

Open hours : Wednesday Friday 4 pm - 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm - 6 pm

The Glowing Whistle Festival 2007

aims to ...utilize the exhibition space as a stage.... - is a festival that looks at different artistic positions working within performance and other 'staged' productions.


After The Complaints Choir project by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen one program of performance videos, curated by Manray Hsu, will be shown. This will be 2-3 weeks long installations by the artist: Jill Magid. A new exhibition project will be announced for the period 10. May - 26. May. In April/May Sparwasser HQ will host the information office and events program of the public space project Urban Interface Berlin.

outside our Sparwasser HQ
Opening March 29.
Futurama and reinventing tradition
March 30. - 9. May
curated by Janos Fodor and Lise Nellemann, for Collegium HungaricumBerlin
Sparwasser HQ is partner on the exhibition Futurama and reinventing tradition in Collegium Hugaricum Berlin, which will open on Saturday March 29. at 7 pm, at 8 pm performance, after party with DJ in the cafe and at the terrace. Please read later announcement! An parallel event program will also be announced.