Audio Tour through Berlin
Karin Sander’s Project for the Temporäre Kunsthalle
||From John Armleder to Ralf Ziervogel—a whopping 566 artists working in Berlin are participating in Karin Sander’s project for the Temporäre Kunsthalle. Yet when visitors enter the white cube, the first thing they see is, well, nothing. Where Kirstine Roepstorff recently installed a dense web of paintings, sculptures, and installations for her Scorpio’s Garden is now a gaping void. For To Show. An Audio Tour through Berlin, Sander does entirely without visual works; the walls provide no more than the names of participating artists whose works can be heard in audio guides. For the show, the conceptual artist asked her colleagues to describe one of their artistic works or to translate it into an audio piece. A large array of Berlin-based artists have taken part, ranging from painters like Rainer Fetting and Bernhard Martin to artists working primarily with drawing, such as Marc Brandenburg and Marcel van Eeden, and of course a large number of conceptual artists such as Ayse Erkmen, Andreas Slominski, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The result is a collection of very divergent acoustic statements—performed, sung, spoken freely, and read out loud. Headphones invite the visitor to a new level of perception that makes an imaginative experience possible.
Sander has numerous works in the Deutsche Bank Collection; in 2004 she completed two wall works for the ibc in Frankfurt. Her current project focuses on the ability of language to evoke sensual images. This was also the theme of her work wordsearch, which she made in 2002 on commission with Deutsche Bank as part of their Moment series. The artist realized this "translinguistic sculpture" in New York. The work was made up of 250 very basic words such as "house" and "friend"—translated into the 250 languages that can be heard on the city’s streets. The entire collection of words was printed on October 2, 2002 in the New York Times financial section, where the word flow temporarily replaced the cash flow, as it were, demonstrating the city’s incredible cultural wealth. And just as wordsearch functioned as a kind of portrait of New York, Sander’s latest project is an auditory portrait of Berlin and its vast artistic diversity.
Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Berlin von Karin Sander
(To Show. An Audio Tour through Berlin by Karin Sander)
12/05/2009 - 01/10/2010
Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin