The Life of Public Sculpture in Göttingen

October 26, 2013

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As part of the opening of the exhibition If Mind Were All There Was on Sunday October 26th in Kunstverein Göttingen we join in a tour around the Kunstverein. The tour represents a ‘random’ selection of public art works in the inner city, focusing on the sometimes troubled, sometimes joyful and often slightly anachronistic lives […]

Shifted Sidewalk

December 19, 2011

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The Martha Rosler work in Auguststrasse was gone now, but it turned out there was another art work only a few feet away that to me had remained completely unnoticed: It’s a piece by Brazilian artist Renata Lucas, which she did for KW in 2010, as part of an exhibition. I guess it just stayed […]

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Power Art at Reichstag

December 18, 2011

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This morning I joined a Kunst und Architekturführung at the Reichstag building. When I stood on the roof next to Norman Foster’s dome, I realised Hans Haacke’s work Der Bevölkerung (see also this post) must be visible on Google Earth, and indeed it is: The poor legibility is mainly due to the work itself: the […]

Memorial Mania

December 12, 2011

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Made some nice discoveries at a symposium at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which they organised with the American Academy. It was centered around the book ‘Memorial Mania’ by Erika Doss, who spoke in the afternoon and showed some telling examples of memorials in the USA, for 9/11 and the Oklahoma bombing. Many angles were […]

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Huge Cartoon by Martha Rosler and Josh Neufeld

December 8, 2011

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Quite an accidental discovery: a work by American artist Martha Rosler and her son cartoonist Josh Neufeld. They were invited to make someting for the façade of Auguststrasse 10, where the DAAD and KuLe will realise a series of works. It was supposed to be gone by the end of November, but they told me […]

Hansaviertel, Marzahn and Hellersdorf

December 6, 2011

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My field work is becoming a strange game of ‘find the weird sculptures’. I’m beginning to sense where they may be when I enter a particular area: between some high rises, on a green patch by the side of the road, in front of a public building… when you’re in a post war Grosssiedlung and […]

Salon 3: The Future Of The Past

November 29, 2011

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Starting with a tour around some random public art works in the neighbourhood, we discussed the recent past of public art. Joining us were: Vincent de Boer (curator at Stroom Den Haag, NL), Hans Dickel (publisher of Kunst in der Stadt, Skulpturen in Berlin), Dominique Hurth (artist), Constanze von Marlin (art historian, researcher), Dieter Roelstraete […]

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