The binding factor of the exhibited artistic approaches is the inclusion of materials that were provided by strangers. The projects contain objects and ideas that potentially serve as inspiration or issues of analysis. They approach social contexts of interest by accumulating their forms of expression rather than solely illustrating them and involve further participants in the production of the exhibition. Thus, the projects create relationships between artistic production and external social conditions. This results in joint projects that aren’t dedicated to ideas of individual expression but a collective identity. They uncover the interactions of the ‘Self’ and the ‘We’, just as described by Jean-Luc Nancy: “the ‘Self’ doesn’t exist, being is always “being with”” – meaning that existence is essentially co-existence.
Since October 2007, Mareike Hofmann and Jan Löchte have realized a series of events titled Kammerflirren at their studio in Künstlerhaus. On that occasions, they invited artist friends to present and discuss own works or topics. Within the frame of the exhibition Zu Gemeinschaften, the two artists continue with their series. Yildiz Aslandogan and Lukas Hofer will present a number of architectural projects. The exhibited objects and videos represent different project stages. Eva Paulitsch’s and Uta Weirich’s contributions for the exhibition Zu Gemeinschaften were created within a long-term project with youths in Fellbach and contain a collection of mobile phone recorded films. The contributions of Fergus Feehily relate to the exhibition theme most subtly. Aside of paintings, he exhibits a table (tilted as some kind of canvas) that includes objects such as letter rubber stamps or a book that the artist found at a customs station. The objects seem like offshoots of the real world, complemented by Fergus Feehily’s paintings with monochromatic foundations.
The exhibition Zu Gemeinschaften was created in collaboration with grant holders of Künstlerhaus’ interdisciplinary residency program.
Fotos: Frank Kleinbach