|Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum presents:|
Opening: Sunday, February 15, 2008 at 2 PM
February 15 – April 1, 2009
Celebration by Matthias Einhoff will begin at 2:00 PM on the Stallschreiberblock.
Whisper, by Philip Horst, can be heard throughout the entire park.
Whisper, Philip Horst
Celebration, Matthias Einhoff, proposal sketches
In a vacant lot, a trumpeter plays a melody and a crowd cheers. A tree suddenly whispers in your ear. Two projects symbiotically collide at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, which give voice to the area’s largely underrepresented inhabitants and to the land itself. On February 15, we are pleased to invite you to Celebration, an Olympic-style ceremony for local clubs and associations conceived by Matthias Einhoff, and Whisper, a park-wide audio installation by Philip Horst. The projects occur at a critical moment in the site’s history. One year ago, the artists were invited by the state as consultants for redeveloping Skulpturenpark’s southern lots. The state will soon be accepting bids for their redevelopment. Across the street, construction has already begun on Fellini estates, high-rise luxury condos, advertised as an enclave of Italian Renaissance on the park’s central block. Both artists proceed with these seismic shifts in mind by creating critical and generous strategies, which approach the vacant lots as an urban stage, intertwining everyday life and public opinion with the land, its owners and a market driven future.
Matthias Einhoff’s Celebration, a public ceremony dedicated to Berlin’s marginalized clubs and community groups, will kick off at 2:00 PM. Einhoff has invited various organizations including a garden community, dog association, BMX club, artists collective, and a group of urban farmers. Each has been asked to design a flag, pick a song, and provide an image emblematic of their respective group. One-by-one, the flags will be hoisted as a trumpeter plays the club’s song. The fanfare will unfold, captured on cameras and enhanced by a high-powered wind-machine directed at the flags. Swept up in choreographies resembling an Olympic ceremony or Moon landing, the associations’ alternative activities stand in absurd contrast to the interests of mainstream media and concerns of urban developers. Celebration, situated on the Stallschreiberblock, the state-owned collection of lots, recognizes the clubs’ need and creative use of open and vacant space. For the duration of the exhibition, Celebration creates a temporary space dedicated to their activities.
In his project, Whisper, Philip Horst has collected various stories, advertisements and quotes related to the land of Skulpturenpark from local residents, neighborhood interest groups, municipal authorities, investors and realtors, former Kreuzberg squatters and Skulpturenpark itself. This collection is broadcasted through speakers installed around the park. Despite countless plans for investment and renewal, the only significant changes to the site, since then, have been those brought upon by natural processes and pedestrian use (i.e. plant growth, trees, paths, BBQ pits, and so on). In Whisper, the juxtaposition of quotes and various perspectives dramatizes the politicization of this wasteland, the disconnect between local residents and investor fancy, the idealism of urban development, along with poetic testaments of neighborhood and the romanticization of the place. People are invited to contribute their own story by calling: +49 30 60980443. The messages will be added to the broadcast periodically throughout the exhibition.
Matthias Einhoff (*1972, Germany) and Philip Horst (*1972, Germany) reside in Berlin. They are founding members of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum.
Participating Associations in Celebration:
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is a project by KUNSTrePUBLIK,
e.V. (Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs,
Daniel Seiple). The exhibition series, LANDREFORM, has received the generous support
from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn.
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