Processing History

Freitag, November 25th, 2011

‚Ein Besuch in Tel-Aviv im Jahre 1986’

‚Ein Besuch in Tel-Aviv im Jahre 1986’
Series of 3 photo etchings
© Susanne Kienbaum 2010

Series of 3 photo etchings
Dimensions: à 19,5×12,5 cm printed on Bütten 31×19 cm

Auflage 7

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Fotos: © Susanne Kienbaum
Kioskshop 2011


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Kambodscha 1975 – Deutschland 2003‘

‚Kambodscha 1975 – Deutschland 2003’
Object-Video-Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2003

Dimensions: Little Bed 50 x 80 x 40, little monitor 30 x 20 x 20 cm, overall dimensions variable
Materials: black-painted copper, leather, feathers, little monitor, video loop

In my childhood the symbol and buzzword for crime and cruelty was ‘Kambodscha’. It was not even yet that we started to look television, we just heard grown-ups talking about it and as a child and in my fantasy I imagined cruel images which were unbelievable. – In 2003 I had the opportunity to travel through Cambodia and to make a short film about Tuol Sleng near Pnom Penh, where in a former school which today is a museum a documentation on torture and the cruelties committed by the Pol Pot during the seventies is exhibited to the public. – The subtle connection between the video and the little-bed-and-childhood-installation is just the checked pattern of the mattress cover and the floor of the former school: the typical pattern of colonial style – Cambodia being a former French colony. This checked pattern does raise the question on whether and how our Western societies are somehow and somewhat connected to such incredible genocides and catastrophes happening all-over the so-called third world where only on a first glance Western societies do seem to have nothing to do with.

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum
Zirngibl und Langwieser, Kurfürstendamm 54-55, D-10707 Berlin

Foto and Videostills: © Susanne Kienbaum


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Hannah Arendt: Besuch in Deutschland 1950‘

‚Hannah Arendt: Besuch in Deutschland 1950’
Drawing | Object
© Susanne Kienbaum 2001

Dimensions: 250 x 149 cm
Materials: acryl, paper, collage pieces mounted on self-made cardboard

This drawing and paperwork uses excerpts from an essay written by Hannah Arendt: The essay with the German title ‘Besuch in Deutschland 1950’ was published in 1950 in the United States one year after the first visit of Hannah Arendt in Germany which took place sixteen years after her flight from Nazi Germany. She came to visit Germany in her role as director of the Commision on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. During her visit she was writing her 40-pages essay under the title  „The Aftermath of Nazi-Rule. Report from Germany“ which was published one year later in the United States. The German translation was only published 36 years later in the ‘Rotbuch-Verlag’ under the much ‘softer’ title ‘Besuch in Deutschland 1950’, a further translation in 1993, the latter completely under the sign of the end of the GDR and the German reunification. The text collages from 1950 – 5 years after the end of world-war II and Nazi-Germany – cited in this paper work are serving as a reference to the year 2001, approximately 10 years after the incorporation of the former German Democratic Republik (GDR) into the German republik. The collage pieces are derived from the ‘Shelter’-light installation (®) which shows minor language deviations indicating the ‘non-digestion’ of German world-war-II-history in daily life and associated newspaper articles collected during 2001 which was exhibited during the same show.

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

Fotos: © Sebastian Dieckmann


Donnerstag, Mai 19th, 2011

‚Wolfgang Köppen: Tauben im Gras 1950‘

‚Wolfgang Köppen: Tauben im Gras 1950’
Drawing | Object
© Susanne Kienbaum 2001

Dimensions: 250 x 149 cm
Materials: acryl, paper, collage pieces mounted on self-made cardboard

This paperwork uses excerpts from a prosa work written by Wolfgang Köppen in 1950 – 5 years after the end of world-war II – serving as a reference to the year 2001, approximately 10 years after the incorporation of the former German Democratic Republik (GDR) into the German republic. The collage pieces are derived from the ‘Shelter’-light installation (->) which shows minor language deviations indicating the ‘non-digestion’ of German world-war-II-history in daily life and associated newspaper articles collected during 2001 which was exhibited during the same show.

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

Foto: © Sebastian Dieckmann


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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