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Press Release: PARCELLA Series #5
Skupturenpark Berlin_Zentrum presents:
Wiebke Grösch/Frank Metzger
New Borders/Neue Grenzen, 2007

Opening
4 PM, Sunday, August 5th

August 6 – 31, 2007

During weekdays in August, Skulpturenpark will be visited and monitored by a private security detail. A guard has been hired by artists, Grösch and Metzger, to patrol a pre-determined route along the former Berlin Wall and along paths which have since been created by local inhabitants. This daily action refers, on one hand, to the history of the place: the former militarized zone within the Berlin Wall. On the other, it underlies a contemporary dilemma affecting the site: privatization of public space.

After the collapse and physical deconstruction of the Wall, a variety of borders were established on the site by real estate owners, and presumably, by the city. The borders were and are still marked by temporary fences intended to not only delineate the properties, but also to discourage trespassing and loitering. Areas which are without fences show evidence of other uses. Trails and short cuts intersect and meander through the area. These areas are used for walking dogs, taking a break from work, and as a natural playground for children. The informal and unregulated activities are marked, like an island, by sidewalks, trees, and parking lots. It is at this border where public order manifests and will proceed when investors come.

A security guard who is typically employed to monitor pedestrian zones, shopping centers, and other gated premises is now situated in an area where there is apparently nothing to monitor or control. At Skulpturenpark, the guard becomes an actor of a repetitive performance where his or her employment and controlled route are on display.

Wiebke Gr–sch and Frank Metzger live and work in Frankfurt am Main.
Artist website: http://www.groeschmetzger.de

The security officer will patrol the grounds daily at the following times:
Opening day, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
August 6 - 31 (M-F): 12:30 - 12:45 PM



Parcella is a cooperative project by KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V. with Lumen Foundation, Budapest. It has received the generous support of Bipolar, a German-Hungarian cultural initiative. Bipolar is a program of the Federation’s endowment of culture.

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