Interview-based Works

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


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Intimacy N° 2‘

‚Intimacy N° 2’
Object-Audio-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2003

Dimensions: archive boxes 15 x 50 x 35 cm, each, feather objects 160 x 35 x 35 cm, each;  overall dimensions variable
Materials: feathers, wooden archive boxes, tiles, water

Based on the interview material from 10 men and 10 women of my age on the topic ‘intimacy’ a couple of video works, installations and paper works were generated between 2002 and 2006, one of them being ‘Intimacy N° 2’.

The recipient of this installation can choose between two possible standpoints:  the standpoint of the archive boxes or the standpoint of the feather objects: near the archive boxes the intellectual reasoning on different aspects on intimacy can be heard through a seven-channel audio collage and near the feather objects an erotic whispering will be heard accompanied by the sensual touch of feathers touching ones cheek…

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Galerie der Künste | Magistrale, Potsdamer Strasse 98, D-10785 Berlin

Fotos: © Eckehard Schuler, Susanne Kienbaum


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Intimacy N° 1‘

‚Intimacy N° 1’
Audio-Objekt-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2003

Dimensions: garden house 195 x 120 x 200 cm with feather objects à 160 x 35 x 35 cm each; door 200 x 40 x 90 cm; overall dimensions variable
Materials: feathers, tiles, wooden door frame, rubber gloves

Based on the interview material from 10 men and 10 women of my age on the topic ‘intimacy’ a couple of video works, installations and paper works were generated between 2002 and 2006, one of them being ‘Intimacy N° 1’:

The only access to the installation was through the ‘red door’. A wooden brigde led to the small garden house which could be entered with naked feet and where an installation of hanging feather objects was mounted. While the recipient was standing on the cold tiles the cheeks were softly touched by the feather objects out of them an erotic murmuring could be heard and listened to.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Studio 63, Auguststrasse 63, D-10117 Berlin

Fotos: © Susanne Kienbaum



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