Auf ewig zum spucken verdammt (Doomed to spit forever).
The exhibition title is a misinterpreted sentence out of the description of a book called “Mystische Schwarzwaldgeschichten” by Klaus F Kan- del. A collection of local folktales. The correct sentence would be “Auf ewig zum spuken verdammt” (Doomed to haunt forever).
Myths and folktales are living beings, like any living being they are subject to time and can die out. But they can also evolve and withstand time, they do this by being misinterpreted, translated and repurposed. The objects and images presented in this exhibition are a series of narrative exercises that are structured like folk- tales, they tell tales of growing up in a rural area. These stories are fueled by my own experiences of grow- ing up in a small village and they have to do with an ambivalant feeling: on the one hand there is the calm- ness of field and forrest, allowing for introspection and meditating on bigger questions but on the other hand the environment of a small community means nothing remains unnoticed and one can easily fall outside of the normative ideal, a situation which induces a certain sense of paranoia.
The exhibition “Auf ewig zum spucken verdammt/ Doomed to spit forever” by Vincent Scheers is the result of a month long residency at the former studio of Martin Kippenberger in Schwarzwald St.Georgen, which now has been turned into the Global Forest Kunstverein/residency program.
Due to the current pandemic the exhibition can only be viewed on a monitor trough the windowdisplay of the building.