RAUCHWOLKEN UND LUFTSCHLÖSSER
Rauchwolken und luftschlösser (Smoke clouds and air castle) is the title and theme of the current exhibition at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen, Germany.
The exhibition presents eight artists Ralf Baecker, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Hannes Hoelzl, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Mikael Mikael, Studio NAND, Lucas Odahara and Hannes Waldschütz.
The title of the exhibition gives me many layering thought about climate changes, catastrophes caused by nature or by human interference, science and the imaginary. I find both the theme and the selection of works interesting. Unfortunately I am not able to visit the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Dennis Paul and Andrea Sick.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis is presenting her work The Moon Goose Colony. It is based on the book The Man in the Moone, by the English bishop Francis Godwin written sometime in the early 1600s.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis has raised eleven moon geese at Pollinaria in Italy and given them names of well-known astronauts. As their goose-mother she has trained them to fly and take them with her on expeditions. The geese are housed at a remote Moon analogue habitat which simulates the conditions of the Moon. The habitat can be observed and accessed remotely from the control room installed in the exhibition space.
A distinctive trait in Agnes work is that she makes scientific and poetic investigations and creates installations that places the visitors in a situation that is both real and imaginative.
Read more about the installation at her website.
The works by Kerstin Ergenzinger and Ralf Baecker are well known to me as both of them were included in Electrohype 2008 at Malmö Konsthall, curated by me and Lars Gustav Midbøe. Their works fit well into the theme of the exhibition.
Kerstin Ergenzingers work Studie zur Sehnsucht / Study for longing is a kinetic installation simulating a moving and changing landscape. The installation senses and reacts to micro-seismic activities in the ground.
Kerstins Ergenzingers website.
Ralf Baeckers work Rechnender Raum is simulating a biological system as a mechanical neural network. The installation is based on algorithms created to simulate biological systems, a so called cellular automaton. The open and transparent mechanical construction of the sculpture, the network, enables the visitor to follow the whole calculating process of logic.
More information at his website.
The exhibition runs until February 10, 2013.
More information about the exhibition and the project can be found here.