Der Himmel über Berlin
This exhibition will be the second installment in a triangular experience in Melbourne > Sydney > Berlin.
Organized by Berlin art agent Sophie Weiser in collaboration with curator David Corbet (DNA projects), selected works of the final 20 artists will be shown at blank_space, 374 Crown St., Surry Hills 2010, from Monday 17th Feb (11am - 6pm)
Official opening night will be on Thursday 20th Feb from 6-8pm
+ Stephen Ives
+ Saha-Mayousha Jones
+ Julia Park
+ Willy Bernardoff
+ Yiwon Park
+ Jason Wing
+ Adam Hill
+ Björn Weltbrand Wallbaum
+ Petros Sianos
+ Leonhard Hurzlmeier
+ Markus Keibel
+ Michael Wutz
+ Anina Brisolla
+ Steff Loewenbaum
+ Halina Kliem
+ Richie Culver
+ Anna Niedhart
The literal translation of Der Himmel über Berlin is The Sky over Berlin* yet Wim Wenders’ award winning 1987 film of that title is known to most Anglophones as Wings Of Desire. Who makes the change? When did the ‘sky’ fall from favour? How did these febrile ‘wings’ materialise? And Berlin? Wo ist the desire for Berlin in all of this?
It’s easy to get nervous when the sky starts falling and there is something that seems altogether more ethereal birthed in these angelic appendages. It’s a something precariously balanced on hope (hope, like desire, being that which we wish for): frail as wax and feathers. No doubt there is beauty but exactly what is lost or found in the translation is often difficult to make out precisely: All that we can say for sure is that something has been transferred from one place or condition to another.
This definition of translation and the corresponding process of transition is a good metaphor for the work of the 14 artists - 12 German and 2 Australian - presented in the two-city show Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Each of the artists is given a blank sheet of 32x56 cm laid paper to transport from its original virginal state to another condition via their own unique alchemical praxis. There is no direction given, no overriding theme to explore other than the medium itself: So make the medium the messenger.
The Berlin works commissioned, delivered, smuggled in suitcases that make their way from Germany to Australia along old migratory routes. Paper émigrés secretly shipped to a one-night event in Melbourne, elevated in transit to ambassadors of Kunst. Call it ‘Courier Art’ if you will: Each piece become as if a lettre de cachet from some obscure Cargo Cult.
Is it simply this process that suggests the illicit, as if these items demand to be displayed discretely? The whole story redolent of a truth revealed in the same way that the laid paper is a map showing ridges of higher and lower density in the manufacturing process itself? Travelling art show as vagrant revelation? A something that can only be found in translation? Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire): Make of it what you will.
* Also rendered in English as Heaven over Berlin. ‘Wings of Desire’ translates into German as Flügel des Begehrens.
With thanks to David Dorrell.
BRAND VISION TRANSMISSION
More wunderkammer from Surry Hills own paradoxical antagonist.
Painting, installation and weaponised merchandise.
‘It’s about atemporality. About opting out of the industrialization of novelty. It’s about a deeper code.
blank_space is donating a week at the gallery for World Vision & “The 100 Day Pledge - Help After Haiyan”
“FASHION & ART FOR HAIYAN” will be on 14th - 21st January at 374 Crown St at blank_space to raise funds for the Philippines with all proceeds going to the charity in conjunction with World Vision. We have close to 1000 garments donated by Backstage, Zanerobe, High Tea With Mrs Woo, Valerie Tolosa, Death By Zero, Nana Judy, Premonition, Grand Scheme, Asuza, Urge Footwear, Seer Footwear & Crystal Cactus.
ten things first birthday pop_up shop