Weil' auf mir, du dunkles Auge
Mario Asef, Jeremiah Day, Klara Hobza, Daniel Seiple, and Erik Smith
Exhibition: Oct 24 - Dec 11, 2010
Perception of place is necessarily an agglomeration of what we know or don't know, choose to see or ignore. Do rooms look any different, when discovering they were once a martial arts studio, picturing would-be Jet Lis trading kicks there? Or does the raging storm of neighborhood gentrification change shape, when pondering the silent verse of Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850), the German Romantic poet for whom Lenaustrasse is named?
Weil' auf mir, du dunkles Auge,
Nikolaus Lenau, 1832
Stay with me, endarkened vision,
(translated by Walter A. Aue)
Image: Daniel Seiple, Boat from the Ravi River, Lahore Pakistan, 2009.
Artists / Works in the Exhibition:
Raumprotesen (2009-) Public space is characterized by its vibrancy and constantly morphing appearance. Such changes often leave behind the structural remains of a past function that are excluded from newer building plans. They are remnants now converted into seating or meeting points for young people of all social classes. These non-categorized elements of urban public space are designated here as “Raumprothesen” (spatial prosthetics) and declared design worthy.
Mario Asef studied architecture and art in Argentina, Germany, and England. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Kasa Galerie (Istanbul 2010), Abandoned Gallery (Malmö, Sweden 2009) SSamzie Space (Seoul 2009). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. His videos, photographs, sound installations, and interventions in public space deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and confront issues related to their spatial representability. With a detached sense of irony they seek to make legible the "immaterial, invisible" architecture of the social sphere.
Image: Raumprothesen (detail), installation Arttransponder, Berlin, 2009.
Untitled Performance - In 2008, Erik Smith and Jeremiah Day visited and revisited the Hansaplatz station, a semi-ruined vision of Berlin's possible future, Day making a series of clandestine performances with Smith photographing. Mario Asef's Raumprotesen in bauerundewald’s project room will be appropriated as a context for transferring this line of investigation into a new piece.
Jeremiah Day graduated from the art department of the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997 and lived and worked in Los Angeles until moving to Holland in 2003 to attend the Rijksakademie. His work has been included in Manifesta 7, and in group exhibitions at Kunstverein Hannover, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, and Autocenter in Berlin. His ongoing collaborative work with Simone Forti will be presented in an exhibition and performance series this winter in the Goethe Institute’s New York project space Ludlow 38.
Image: Lane Markers - Former Checkpoint, Former Used-Car Lot, Future Lidl, Bornholmerstrasse
Nay, I'll Have a Starling (since 2005) “Nay, I'll Have A Starling” is Klara Hobza's most extensive body of work. In progress since 2005, it is based on the following story.
Klara Hobza was born in Plzen, Czech Republic. She received her education and artistic training in Germany, England, and the United States. Klara moved to New York City as a DAAD fellow in 2003, and lived and worked there until she moved to Berlin, Germany in October 2009. Klara earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University in 2005.
Image: Nay, I'll Have a Starling, 2009.
Boat from the Ravi River - The Ravi, also known as “The River of Lahore,” is situated on the eastern bank of the city. I asked the driver to take me to the river, in hopes of finding an oasis amidst Lahore’s intoxicating pollution, density and class inequality. What I found was a depository of the city’s runoff. The air, a dark smog, the highway audible in the background, and the river, 25% of its natural height, was thick black. Cattle drank from its edge and young boys took a dip. I found an old boat buried in the bank. For 50 €, I hired 5 guys for 5 hours, and a truck, to deliver the boat and its dirt to a pristine gallery in the center of the city.
Daniel Seiple is an American artist based in Berlin. He has exhibited worldwide at museums, galleries, festivals, and in the streets. He was a 2009 artist-in-residence at ARCUS, Japan. He is the founder of Homie, a one-room exhibition space in his apartment (Berlin, 2005-09), and co-founder of the artist collectives, the E-Team (2000-02) and Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, in which he has worked since 2006 as curator, artist, writer and activist and in other contexts, including the Werkleitz Festival (Halle/Saale, 2010), Vasl Arts (Pakistan, 2008) and the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art (2008). A comprehensive catalog of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum was just published by Walther König Verlag.
Image: Boat from the Ravi River, Lahore Pakistan, 2009.
Naked Cities (2010-) Berlin exists in a state of accelerated flux. New development is rapidly filling in many of its remaining vacant lots, driven by the forces of real estate speculation and market demands. In the process, traces of an even earlier version of the city - the unseen foundations, cellars, and underground corridors buried within such empty lots - are being dug up to make way for a Berlin of the future. The effect is a kind of 'double-erasure': of the city's negative spaces as well as the concealed traces of the past they contain, and which we can no longer see.
Erik Smith studied comparative literature and art in the US and Italy and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2002. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries throughout Europe and the US including Kapinos Galerie, Berlin, Magnus Mueller Galerie, Berlin, Pierogi, Brooklyn/Leipzig, and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco. Recent museum exhibitions/projects include Black Mirror, Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland, Who, Among You, Deserves Eternal Life?, In Practice Projects, Sculpture Center, LIC, New York, and The Ghost of James Lee Byars Calling, de Appel Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. He is currently working on a large-scale outdoor project on the city and memory titled Buried Sculpture, to be exhibited next year at Skulpturenpark in Berlin.
Image: Naked Cities, image / taken (red) placed (blue), 2010
bauer&ewald, Lenaustrasse 20, Berlin-NeuKölln