NEW HOMELAND [NEUE HEIMAT]
Berlinische Gallery | Berlin | September 12, 2007 January 7, 2008
Material: Ikea bed, blanket, 2 lamps, bathrobe, monitor, video "Nine Screws".
PLOT: The installation, entitled “Neue Heimat,” (curated by Dr. Ursula Prinz) involves an IKEA bed, assembled on site, with two small tables and two lamps on either side. One of the square columns, intrinsic to the architecture of the Berlinische Galerie, is built into the installation of the bed, echoing the presence of the tree penetrating through the bed in “The 9 Screws.” For the performance, Ms. Ramsauer is attempting to sleep on the bed while being interrupted by the discomforting presence of the column, suggesting a kind of erotic frustration or nuisance. During this real time episode, the video of “The 9 Screws” can be viewed on multiple videos within the installation, thus enhancing the interior/exterior dynamic in real time and mythical space. What Ramsauer offers is a glimpse into the psyche power of the imagination as a force that both opens and closes our vision of the past, present, and future. At times, we are in the presence of all three, which transforms our presence into an absence where we are searching for the missing links, the screws that will fasten us together again. [Robert C. Morgan] ►more
ABOUT THE SHOW: The exhibition shows 29 German and foreign artists of contemporary Berlin which has developed since the German reunion to one of the most important creative scenes and has become for many the new native country. The question positions itself particularly in the art in view of the increasing university staggering of a globalized society, after cultural places and identity. The presented works which were created mainly specially for the exhibition reflect the artistic definition of living space and the creative appropriation of an increasingly maladjusted environment.
ARTISTS IN THE SHOW: Franz Ackermann, Nevin Aladag, Michel de Broin, Christina Dimitriadis, Martin Dörbaum, Paul Ekaitz, Nina Fischer und Maroan el Sani, Christine de la Garenne, Eva Grubinger, Erla Haraldsdóttir und Bo Melin, Anton Henning, Mona Hatoum, Jeroen Jacobs, Takehito Koganezawa,Via Lewandowsky, Tea Mäkipää, Birgit Ramsauer, Mandla Reuter, Miguel Rothschild, Michael Sailstorfer, Yehudit Sasportas, Florian Slotawa, Costa Vece, Jorinde Voigt, Brigitte Waldach