EXHIBITION: 1. -23. SEPTEMBER 2000
Dellbrügge & de Moll (D),
are Christiane Dell brügge and Ralf de Moll. They are Germans, living and working in Berlin. They present the work, "Copenhagen-Substitute."
While "Copenhagen" is an obvious reference to the Danish city, "Substitute" describes a potential replacement for unrealized or impossible actions and accomplishments. As a non-space, the internet is a perfect place to experiment with new and utopian forms of coexistence and partnership. This is because utopia needs, paradoxically, an uninhabited or uninhabitable space, but also people and materials to make expansion and development possible. Dell brügge & de Moll's project presents a survey of alternatives to the unquestioned realities of our existence.
COPENHAGEN-SUBSTITUTE, CD-ROM, 2000
Dell brügge & de Moll (D)
Henriette Heise (DK)
Jakob Jakobsen (DK)
Annelie Nilsson (S)
Susanne Nissen (DK)
Bjørn Wangen (N)
The Wheat grass Foundation (S)
Lars Bent Petersen (DK)
Curated by Sparwasser HQ/Lise Nellemann and Thorbjörn Limé
Henriette Heise (DK)lives and works in London.
For five days, Henriette Heise photographed an intersection at which the traffic signals were temporarily out of order. There were no car accidents during this time. Heise was intrigued by people's ability to self-organize, thereby proving that transportation and communication can flow unhindered even without regulation. In collaboration with Jakob Jakobsen, Heise ran "Info Centre" (1998-99) in Hackney, London. http://www.infopool.org.uk
Jakob Jakobsen (DK) lives and works in London.
Jakob Jakobsen contributes to the exhibition a sketch of how an imaginary outer space society might look. (This is, in fact, a healthy exercise that one should perhaps practice now and again.) Despite the fantastic nature of the project, Jakobsen is quite serious; he has been active in the "Association of Autonomous Astronauts," a worldwide organization dealing with the politics of outer space. Processes of life and evolution are main motifs throughout his works.
Annelie Nilsson (S)) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.
Annelie Nilsson works primarily with video and text. Her work explores questions, such as: How does the forgetfulness of the collective function? Of which importance are private stories in a larger context? What do we remember, what do we forget, what do we observe, and, in the end what do we choose to pass on? Nilsson shows the video, "Have taken a lot of flowers to my apartment. It's very rainy today" (2 minutes, loop).
Susanne Nissen (DK), has been living in Berlin since 1995.
Autumn started early for the "Ahornblatt" in Berlin. The building was a typical example of modern GDR architecture, yet totally different from the more monumental structures of Karl Marx Allee. The architecture of Berlin can be alienating and discourage community interaction: what could be, potentially, useful, central public spaces are often taken over by commercial interests. Nissen's videoworks are snapshots of these different architectural realities. Nissen sees architecture as a way of remembering history, both in public and private spheres.
N55 (DK) is an artist-group from Scandinavia. Its members are: Rikke Luther (DK), Jon Sørvin (DK), Cecilia Wendt (S), and Ingvil Aarbakke (N). They have worked together since 1996.
N55's point of departure is daily objects and activities that have aesthetic and ethical consequences. They produce works that extend the everyday, thereby offering the user a new and flexible life. Currently, N55 is constructing a floating house in the harbor of Copenhagen.
In the basement of Sparwasser HQ, they present a self-designed module, a system that includes light and sound. The installation is an introduction to their exciting project LAND.
Bjørn Wangen (N) is from Norway; he lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.
Wangen's works explore visibility, often from an economic perspective. At Sparwasser HQ, he shows "Shine," an artwork that plays with satellite radar images (their subject is nighttime lights on earth). In such images, light - political, strategic, or economic in nature - forms clearly defined, sharp-edged areas whose borders are drawn by the decisions of others.
Die Wheatgrass Fundation (S) Swedish delegates are Stefan Karlsson and Roger Sarjanen.
The function of the Wheat grass Foundation is to improve lives by engendering health and freedom for the world's population. Their activities are expanding constantly. The Foundation has a worldwide reputation. At Sparwasser HQ, Stefan Karlsson and Roger Sarjanen present "Wheat grass kits for Berlin."
Utopia oder Realität, wie funktioniert das alles und wie hängt es zusammen?:
Lars Bent Petersen (DK) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
Utopia or reality: how does our world function and how do its components or mechanisms relate to each other?
Petersen's works deal often with (bourgeois) conceptions of reality, as shaped by the mass media. Today, the press is one of the most important tools in our attempts to navigate the world. A survey in Denmark shows that 80% of people have had contact with immigrants and refugees only through the daily news. To what extent does the press maintain and perpetuate a prejudiced image of daily life? In a reality where visual representation is increasingly important, even in the political realm, can we trust that the press remains a democratic and unbiased institution?
Die Weizengras Stieftung (S), from address http://www.go.to/vetegrasstiftelsen click "cultivation"!
N55 (DK), from http://www.n55.dk/land.html
N55 (DK), from the address http://www.n55.dk/Mhus.html