Blühende Öde – Urban Identities In Transition
Blühende Öde – Urban Identities In Transition developed in collaboration with Kunstbüro Hohmann und Heid was an exhibition format on view for a duration of four days, presented in a few different locations. The spaces were being located within walking distance to each other and map the district with an alternative focus – the unused spaces. The exhibition addressed the phenomenon of limited accessibility to such vacancies in two ways: on the one hand, through the representation of critical confrontations in the form of artistic works and, on the other hand, by connecting and acknowledging the unused spaces in our urban environment. Used as a temporary intervention, the exhibition appropriated said empty spaces located in immediate distance to one another, creating an alternative map of unused opportunities. Connected through the element of water, the same artworks were repeated on view in different locations, responding to the particular architectural surface and framework, the setting and environment, appropriating the spaces.
Video projections showcases two counter-flows of water and object-based installations were on view at each location. By projecting the imagery of running water from the video onto the alternating surfaces of the exhibition sites, the characteristics of the flowing streams became a visual connector of the single spaces, explored for this project. By constantly releasing single water drops onto a powdered material, the constructions were placed in each of the entranceways of the individual spaces – on the verge between inside and outside. Having the water suspended from the ceiling, while the powder was opposed on the ground, the stamina of the falling water drops invited a dialogue with the surroundings and the in-between spaces. The constant force of the dropping water colliding with the powder gradually transitioned the material from something loose and fragile, into something concrete and solid. With persistence and unforeseeable outcome, the slow but steady metamorphosis into an object.
Temporal intervention in front of five abandoned spaces in Neukölln, Berlin, 2021, Map of locations
Video projections, boxes with dripping water, containers with concrete powder
curated by Kunstbüro Hohmann und Heid, 2021