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Na hrane / At the Limit / Am Limit

Curator's tour through the exhibition NA HRANE / AT THE LIMIT / AM LIMIT and sound performance MAUERPARK by Matthias Mayer.

Markus Wirthmann: Tracht & Habitus – Salt Lake, 2011, processual installation, foil, water, copper sulphate and sodium chloride, variable sizes, photo: Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin
 

Date: August 5th 2020

Venue: 1st floor of KHB

 

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August 5th / Wednesday / 5PM / 1st floor of KHB

Curator's tour through the exhibition NA HRANE / AT THE LIMIT / AM LIMIT

 

The exhibition NA HRANE / AT THE LIMIT / AM LIMIT explores borders and experiences associated with borderline situations through the background of works by 16 authors from more than six countries. Through the selection of artworks, the curators of the exhibition refer either to personal boundary experiences or to transgressive conditions created on the basis of certain artistic strategies or approaches. Borders mark an inside and an outside, they are form building contours for existential facts. Borders are dynamic and therefore never final, only death constitutes an ultimate border.

 

MARTIN JUEF (*1966, Berlin, Germany) studied painting and Art in Context at the Berlin University of Arts. His artistic work includes painting, collage, photography and installation and his works have been shown on many international solo and group exhibitions. Since 2011, Martin Juef has been working as a freelance curator. He lived in Brazil from 2014 to 2018, where he realized most of his curatorial projects in various collaborations. His curatorial work is closely linked to anthropological and cultural studies and he promotes an intercultural dialogue also in the field of art.

 

ZORKA LEDNÁROVÁ (*1976, Bratislava, Slovakia) studied sculpture in Bratislava, in Kiel and Hangzhou in China. In 2005, she completed a graduate course of study Art in Context at the Berlin University of Arts with a focus on curating and art in public space. In her art, she deals with political and social issues. She has been curating since 1999 and has participated many international exhibitions. From 2007 to 2015, she directed the independent exhibition space OKK / Raum 29 (Organ Kritischer Kunst) within the Kolonie Wedding in Berlin, which programmatically represents an interdisciplinary dialogue between art and political actionism. Zorka Lednárová lives and works in Berlin and Bratislava.

 

 

August 5th / Wednesday / 6PM / 1st floor of KHB

Sound performance MAUERPARK by Matthias Mayer

 

In an installation of 30 cassette decks of the Onkyo brand from the Integra series, live music recordings are played simultaneously and mixed into one another via a mixing console. The recordings of different musical performances, which were performed in the style of spontaneous street music and karaoke up to smaller concerts, were made in 2016 in the Mauerpark in Berlin. Due to the spatial proximity of the musicians to each other, the various musical performances also overlapped acoustically. The performance installation "Mauerpark" by Matthias Mayer captures this special situation and intensifies it by further condensing the carpet of sound found in Mauerpark on such days through the mix of recordings.

 

The dynamics of the spontaneous and unannounced Mauerpark performances, which took place wildly scattered over a relatively small and manageable area of the park on the edge of the weekly flea market, reflected the virulent cultural melting pot of Berlin as a European and globally respected metropolis of experimental character that was on the move. At that time the Mauerpark had developed into a creative hotspot of (free) live music due to the continuity of the weekly activities. In the years that followed, the emerging "cult status" of Mauerpark with regard to live music cracked. Live musicians have often been ordered by the police to stop their performances. With regard to residents (e.g. in newly constructed residential buildings near the park) and park visitors, there are currently regulations that limit the area for live music to a very small section of the park. Also, the musicians are only allowed to sound the environment in one direction and are not allowed to use power generators, which inevitably leads to fewer performances. The wild and swirling sound of 2016 is passé.

 

With regard to this development, the work of Matthias Mayer acquires an additional historical significance, which is also expressed in the use of analog technology from the 1980s. It is also to be understood as a critical voice on the subject of gentrification, which is spreading parallel throughout the city. The development in the Mauerpark provides a further example of Berlin's already achieved and still threatened loss of image as the cosmopolitan capital of artists and creative people and should symbolize their withdrawal or departure.