Light

Freitag, November 25th, 2011

‚Mobiles Künstler Atelier | SPAREN’

‚Mobiles Künstler Atelier | SPAREN’
Multimedia-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2011

Dimensions: overall dimensions variable according to respective scaffold; in this case: 238x200x150
Materials: scaffold; 260 wooden boxes from the nearby market place, wooden box with light source blinking in two colours 60x20x20

The scaffold was used for constructing a mobile studio build by wooden  boxes from the nearby market where formerly Rucola had been sold. The light source was found in the cellar of the house and was modified: the original word ‘SPIELWAREN’ was modified into ‘SPAREN’ by darkening the letters ‘IELW’.

Every day the ‘Mobiles Künstler Atelier’ was constructed and deconstructed – according to the purpose: the project is my personal suggestion concerning the increasing lack of studio spaces for artists: the ‘Mobiles Künstler Atelier’ is supposed to move together with the scaffold to the next construction site – a suggestion naming the link between artists and gentrification processes in metropoles – recently also in Berlin.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Open Studio | K: S-p-a-c-e Berlin 2011


Freitag, November 25th, 2011

‚Barking Dogs’

‚Barking Dogs’
Multimedia-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2011

Dimensions: overall dimensions variable; doors up to 200x50x5 cm each
Materials: sound, doors, paper shredder, tiles, fern

The sound was the originator of this installation: the barking of dogs combined with the chirring of the cicadas…. The walk between walls and doors is becoming even more narrow and stops in front of the last door which is sealed…

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Open Studio | K: S-p-a-c-e Berlin 2011
Fotos: © Susanne Kienbaum


Freitag, November 25th, 2011

‚Oleanderüberwachungsanlage’

‚Oleanderüberwachungsanlage’
Light Installation including observation camera
© Susanne Kienbaum 2010

Material: messing plate, acryl, polypropylene, observation camera
Dimensions: 45x25x12

In one night of summer 2009 the two oleanders who are part of the entrance of K: S-p-a-c-e  were destroyed by young people overnight. I decided to build the Oleanderüberwachungsanlage by integrating an observation camera into the shining letter over the entrance….

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Open Studio | K: S-p-a-c-e Berlin 2010


Sonntag, November 13th, 2011

‚Pont Bleu – Pause Bleue‘

‚Pont Bleu – Pause Bleue’
Site-specific Light-Object-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2006

Dimensions: Illumination of the Thielen Brücke in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the framework of ’48-Stunden-Neukölln’
Materials: 1600 blue water bottles, 1600 LED light sources, bottle boxes, pillows made from grass tissue, two boats with blue light sources floating in the water

On invitation the Thielen-Brücke was illuminated by 1.600 blue water bottles, to each bottle an LED was connected, 8 bottles filled one bridge segment.

The realization of this installation was inspired by the fact that in this area of Berlin the alcohol problem is evident in public life – interpretation of 1.600 illuminated water bottles could be purely esthetic but an alternative interpretation is the subtle invitation to slow down alcohol consumption in favour of pure, blue water…

During the 48 hours this installation was running it was functioning as a social gathering point  – a lot of pedestrians came and sat down on the bottles boxes, to have a pause, to chat a bit, to drink a bottle of water…

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Exhibition:  48-Stunden Neukölln 2006

Fotos: © Susanne Kienbaum


Sonntag, November 13th, 2011

‚UM-WEGE Finden‘

‚UM-WEGE Finden’
Site-specific Light-Object-Installation, Artist Book
© Susanne Kienbaum 2005

Dimensions: 8 illuminated boxes with hair objects, light chains, overall dimensions variabel
Materials: hair, tiles, copper, different light sources

Basis for this work were 12 interviews with women who lost their hair through chemotherapy. All interviews were transcribed and written into the artist book which could only be read at the site of the installation. The key sentences out of each interview were engraved into the 12 light chains.

The site of the installation were former bear caves down the city of Gera with an overall  humidity of 100%.

The 8 illuminated copper boxes were illuminated and the inner surface was covered with white tiles. Each box carried 3 hair objects, which were woven from fine wire and hairs. At the eigth box the hair objects were ‘freed’ and could freely move in the air.

The way out of the installation was twofold: one way ended in a blind tunnel at a box where a citation of Louise Bourgeois was written upon: ‘where are we going’….

The other way out of the installation could be entered through 12 light chains with the key citations and ended at the eighth box with the hair objects freely floating in the humid air…

The book contained the full interviews and could be read only at the site of the installation.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Exhibition:  Höhler-Biennale, Gera, 2005

Fotos: © Susanne Kienbaum


Sonntag, November 13th, 2011

‚Collateral Damage‘

‚Collateral Damage’
Light-Object-Installation, Video, Artist Book
© Susanne Kienbaum 2004

Dimensions: 60x10x10 each of the Light-Objects; overall dimensions variabel
Materials: polypropylene, horsetails, tiles, wood, insect lights

7 light-objects illuminated by insect lights show a total of 100 arabic male and female names. The light-objects are places on an underground covered with tiles. The video loop (55’) is showing (1) a figure from 1 to 100, (2) a foto of the respective name from one of the light objects, (3) the Arabic writing of the name, translation and female / male sign, (4) accompanied by a sharp noise the name is wiped out and the tile underneath is cleaned by a hand covered by a surgical glove until the tile is completely white and shining again, then the circle starts again with the next number and the next name etc…

An artist book is giving some background information on the Iraq war performed before 2004.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Exhibition ‘Shining Places’, Gebauer Höfe, Berlin-Moabit, 2004

Fotos: © James Carman, Susanne Kienbaum


Sonntag, November 13th, 2011

‚Shining Places | Global Poem 2004‘

‚Shining Places | Global Poem 2004’
Light Installation, Artist Book
Edition: 3
© Susanne Kienbaum 2004

Dimensions: 280 x 60; 14 wooden boxes, 60x12x10 each
Materials: wood, polypropylene, acryl, neon light, black light

How is it possible to live in a world where at any time in a lot of places plenty of catastrophic scenarios could happen?

14 places where catastrophic scenarios can be anticipated from all over the world are choosen and highlighted in 5 of 14 boxes with black light. These 14 places are described in the book and background information is given.

In opposition to those ‘problematic’ places poems from all over the world were gathered especially from poets who are living or coming from those areas: the poems have been cut out of polypropylene and are mounted in layers upon the 9 of 14 boxes and are highlighted with warm neon light.

All poems are printed, correctly cited and translated in the artist book.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Exhibition ‘Shining Places’, Gebauer Höfe, Berlin-Moabit, 2004

Fotos: © James Carman, Susanne Kienbaum


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Cartas para siete de mis amantes recientes‘

‚Cartas para siete de mis amantes recientes’
Object-Light-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2002

Dimensions: overall dimensions variable, 160 x 15 x 15 cm each
Materials: gaze, PVC, light (mosquito lamps), paper shredder from love letters

Installation from 7 light objects each showing the same illuminated text in the upper part – the love poem from King Salomon – while the gaze tubes are filled with shreddered love letters.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Imug: der Galerie SPHN, Koppenplatz 6, D-10115 Berlin

Foto: © Susanne Kienbaum


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Weicher Raum No 1‘

‚Weicher Raum No 1’
Installation | Object | Artist Book
© Susanne Kienbaum 2002

Dimensions: 200 x 400 x 400
Materials: gaze, PVC, feathers, wood, copper, light, water

This 2-m-high object which can be entered with naked feet is referring to the discussion of PID (pre-implantation diagnostics) and is inspired by a couple of newspaper articles referring to frozen embryos and associated law quarrels throughout the world. Once inside the object which is in fact resembling an uterus the spectator can read the writing on the bottom of the water basin: ‘where does art stop and where does life start?’ which is a quotation of Christian Boltanski.  In the artist book which is part of the installation (not shown in the foto documentation) the respective newspaper articles as well as scientific and philosophical input can be found and read according to personal taste.

The installation is together with ‘Rubikon, Rot, Rot’ (->) part of a double installation under the overall title ‘Rot, Rot’.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Imug: der Galerie SPHN, Koppenplatz 6, D-10115 Berlin

Foto: © Sebastian Dieckmann, Susanne Kienbaum


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Shelter 2001‘

‚Shelter 2001’
Light-Object-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2001

Dimensions: 16 light objects 25x25x15 cm each
Materials: wire, paper, velvet, foil
Description: The light-objects are made from thin paper where small collage pieces and parts of newspaper texts are mounted which show minor language deviations indicating the ‘non-digestion’ of German world-war-II-history in daily life and associated newspaper articles collected during 2001. Parts of the collage pieces were incorporated in two large-scale paper works exhibited in the same show – see also: ’Hanna Arendt: Besuch in Deutschland 1950’ (->) and Wolfgang Köppen: Tauben im Gras 1950’ (->).

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Grunewald 79, Grunewaldstrasse 79, D-10823 Berlin

Foto: © Susanne Kienbaum



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