If people don’t come to art, art must come to the people. And if some parts of art are missing the reference to the world, then other areas of the arts must be even stronger to enter into a new dialogue with the world.
ARUNSKI & POET – PENNERGOLD 2
With the above quote Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin, Germany presents the 11th Interventionale. The show displays not only art in public space but rather more artistic intervention into the public space.
The strategies are subtle and subversive or bold and provocative, the term ranges from political to poetic, from calligraphy to abstract and performative disturbing. Common to them is an intervention into the public, the appropriation of the public and the associated self-empowerment for communication with artistic means.
The 11th Interventionale shows art that is staged in public spaces. And this regardless of the genre and category. The participating artists have one thing in common: their stage is not (only) the White Cube, the gallery or the museum. This art takes place first of all outside, in the city.
Many of the works on display are documents of performances, installations or documents of performances in public space. Other work are able to be shown indoors and outdoors, but all of them have their origins in the public space. Of course there are a lot of good art, which is designed exclusively for the interior. Nothing is absolute. Everything can be. Diversity is what matters.
The artist Friederike Feldmann presents Parole, a wonderful intervention in public space, a rare moment of confusion.
The police moved in to remove Feldmann’s work called speech after only one day of installation at the Oranienburger Street in Berlin Kreuzberg. The fear of the non-readable font and its unknown contents was to big. Is the writing Arabic? Is it an Islamic content? Why the red fabric, why the black font? Does it belong to a terror group? Not the known is fearsome but the unkown, who triggers police! To achieve such an effect with an intervention, can not be planned. It happened because of the uncertainty of the observer who believes he is out of control of a certain situation.
With Penner Gold 2 the artist duo Arunski & Poet presents a video that is the documentation of their performance in public space. The artists and their team toppled 3.600 numbered empty returnable bottles and cans, which are paid each with 25 cents deposit in front of a subway station and then they observed with cameras the reactions of passers-by. First people played football with the bottles, then the needy started to collect the bottles in large plastic bags. The work extrapolates the social reality that is often ignored in everyday life.
Arunski & Poet
Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin
Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin
October 18th – December 7th, 2014