Group exhibition APPARAT at Kunstverein Braunschweig

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

 

Aleksandra Domanović, THINGS TO COME, 2014, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist and private collection, Photo: Stefan Stark 

Sandra Mujinga, ILYNL (It’s Like You Never Left), 2016, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stefan Stark 

Daria Martin, SOFT MATERIALS, 2004, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London, Photo: Stefan Stark

Jan Vorisek, AMPLIFIED SLUDGE, 2017, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, Photo: Stefan Stark

Raphaela Vogel, I SMELL A MASSACRE, 2016, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, BQ, Berlin and Sammlung Haus N, Kiel, Photo: Stefan Stark

Andreas Fischer, LOCHHEBER, 2013, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stefan Stark

Margaret Raspé, SCHWEINESCHNITZEL, 1971, BLAU AUF WEISS, RÄNDER UND RAHMEN, 1979, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stefan Stark

Margaret Raspé, ALLE TAGE WIEDER – LET THEM SWING, 1974, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stefan Stark

Pakui Hardware, VANILLA EYES, 2016/17, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artists, Photo: Stefan Stark

Pakui Hardware, IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, 2014, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artists, Photo: Stefan Stark

Alexander Kluge, EIN ROBOTER NAMENS KISMET, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy Alexander Kluge, Photo: Stefan Stark

Wyatt Niehaus, LISTEN, BAXTER, 2015, LAFARG[U]E PROCEM CEMENT, 40 KG 001 – 003, 2017, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stefan Stark

 

Kunstverein Braunschweig
Villa Salve Hospes, Remise
ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIĆ, ANDREAS FISCHER, PAKUI HARDWARE, ALEXANDER KLUGE, DARIA MARTIN, SANDRA MUJINGA, WYATT NIEHAUS, MARGARET RASPÉ,
RAPHAELA VOGEL, JAN VORISEK
APPARAT
June 3 – August 13, 2017