press release

WE MOVE assembles the works of nine contemporary artists who enquire into the nature of movement along the media of sculpture, photography and video. Forming the most significant element in the phenomenon of movement is time, and it is only in its negotiation within the intervening space between act and event, between meaning and sense that the dynamic of movement emerges from a fixed moment in time.

Defining motion as an indivisible action that takes part in static space, Aristotle emphasised that movement can only originate from a condition of unity and identity (Physics, VII, ch. 2, 243a). While some of the works on display interrogate this condition to the origin of movement, others address the inner movement of soul and its production of sentiments that find their expressions in the field of language - the metaphor of being moved, for instance.

Thus the works of Nik Nowak, Sonja Gerdes and Moritz Hirsch embody driving-machines that cannot move. "Baron Bass" (2008) by Nowak appears as an oversized children's toy or a shrunken desert-car that spouts off a deep baritone sound. The sound pervades the material of the machine, causing it to vibrate. Fractional and physical motion becomes one. Affecting the beholder to echo this vibration in his own body, the movement of the artwork transforms into a chiasm that interrelates physical and visual motion. "Haferflockentraumbaum für Pferde" (2008) by Sonja Gerdes connects the sphere of dreams with a baby scooter, thereby visualising the inner motion of fantasy with a machine for transportation. Situated in the street outside the gallery, the car-installation by Moritz Hirsch enquires into the relation between urban space and that of the exhibition, using the car as a vehicle of medial presence.

Equally concerned with a dualism, Timo Klöppel's installation "Wo ist Russland" (2008) simultaneously alludes to the inner movement of the desire by which the Russian cosmonaut Gargarin is looking for his home country from outer space - and to the physical movement implied in space travel.

Transgressing this concern with physical motion Wolfgang Fütterer's video on belly dance, Cyrill Lachauer's photograph "Bussard" (2008) and Friederike Hamanns jelly sculpture enquire into cultural concepts of movement as they develop from the context of ritual and ethnic custom. Reflecting on movement as a performative act, Gabriel Rossell Santillan's steam picture and Daniel Winkler's sculpture "Ushtrasanam - Borodubur" (2004) transfer material and motive in an enhanced notion of movement.

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Kurator: Heike Fuhlbrügge

Künstler: Nik Nowak, Sonja Gerdes, Friederike Hamann, Cyrill Lachauer, Gabriel Rossell-Santillan, Timo Klöppel, Daniel Winkler, Wolfgang Fütterer, Moritz Hirsch