Aleksandra Domanovic, Andreas Fischer, Pakui Hardware, Alexander Kluge, Daria Martin, Sandra Mujinga, Wyatt Niehaus, Margaret Raspé, Raphaela Vogel, Jan Vorisek
Aleksandra Domanović, Things to Come, 2014, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy the artist and private collection, photo: Stefan Stark
Daria Martin, Soft Materials, 2004, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017,
courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London, photo: Stefan Stark
Raphaela Vogel, I Smell a Massacre, 2016, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017,
courtesy the artist, BQ, Berlin and Sammlung Haus N, Kiel, photo: Stefan Stark
Margaret Raspé, Schweineschnitzel, 1971, Alle Tage wieder – Let them swing, 1974, Blau auf Weiss, Ränder und Rahmen, 1979, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017,
courtesy the artist, photo: Stefan Stark
Pakui Hardware, Vanilla Eyes, 2016/17, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017,
courtesy the artists, photo: Stefan Stark
Andreas Fischer, Lochheber, 2013, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy the artist, photo: Stefan Stark
Sandra Mujinga, ILYNL (Its Like You Never Left), 2016, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017 courtesy the artist, photo: Yashar Mazidi
Alexander Kluge, Ein Roboter namens Kismet, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy Alexander Kluge, photo Stefan Stark
Jan Vorisek, Amplified Sludge, 2017, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy the artist and Galery Bernhard, Zurich, photo: Stefan Stark
Wyatt Niehaus, LISTEN, BAXTER, 2015, LAFARG[U]E PROCEM CEMENT, 40 KG, 001-003, 2017, LAFARG[U]E HYDRALIME CEMENT, 40 KG 001-003, installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy the artist, photo: Stefan Stark
At the beginning of the 1970s, the filmmaker and artist Margaret Raspé (*1933) mounted a Super 8 camera to the visor of a hard hat, right in front her eyes, and recorded her own activities, such as dishwashing, painting and drawing. The camera, as an extension of the body, captured the direction of the artist’s gaze. When projected as a film, the viewer inevitably enters into the perspective of Raspé – they see and “move” with the artist.
The change of perspective coupled with the fusion of man and machine in Raspé’s work forms the starting point for the group exhibition APPARAT. Against this backdrop, the exhibition presents the interest of a younger generation of artists in apparatuses and machines, which have been worked through aesthetically and thematically or are already naturally integrated into the process of artistic production. Raphaela Vogel (*1988) uses drone techniques for immersive video installations, in which the drones, whose technical composition becomes a part of the environment, themselves become actors. The artist always appears herself as the protagonist in her videos, filmed from the bird’s-eye view of the drone. The film Soft Materials (2004) by Daria Martin (*1973) was developed at the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Zurich. Robots meet performers in a choreographed dance. The encounter raises questions about the extent to which machines take on the characteristics of humans and learn independently through experience. Sandra Mujinga (*1989) no longer makes a distinction between man and machine, real and digital, but rather lets the different planes meld together in her piece ILYNL (It’s Like You Never Left) (2016).
From the camera helmet of pre-digital times, to artificial intelligence, through to automated drones, the machine is seen in its manifold functions: as art producer, as the body’s extension in the sense of a post-human cyborg, and as an independent system, that develops its own narratives and immersive spaces.
Guestroom: Alexander Kluge
Films by Alexander Kluge will be shown, in which the writer and filmmaker pursues the topic of robotics and “human 2.0” in interviews with artists, neuroscientists and psychologists. As a comment on and contrast to the exhibition, artists and curators are invited to exhibit in the space, originally used as a guestroom in the Villa Salve Hospes.
Idea and Concept: Jule Hillgärtner, Christina Lehnert
Curator: Christina Lehnert
Curatorial Assistants: Miriam Bettin, Nele Kaczmarek
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