APPARAT at Kunstverein Braunschweig

Artists: Aleksandra Domanović, Andreas Fischer, Pakui Hardware, Alexander Kluge, Daria Martin, Sandra Mujinga, Wyatt Niehaus, Margaret Raspé, Raphaela Vogel, Jan Vorisek

Exhibition title: APPARAT

Curated by: Christina Lehnert

Venue: Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Date: June 3 – August 13, 2017

Photography: Stefan Stark, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Andreas Fischer, WHATEVER, 2017, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist

Andreas Fischer, LOCHHEBER, 2013, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist

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

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

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

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

Alexander Kluge, EIN ROBOTER NAMENS KISMET, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy Alexander Kluge,

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

Wyatt Niehaus, WHITE EXTERIORS, 2014, Text on Paper, 2017, Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2017, courtesy of the artist, photo: Yashar Mazidi

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