Feathers

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


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

‚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

‚Rubikon, Rot, Rot‘

‚Rubikon, Rot, Rot’
Installation | Artist Book
© Susanne Kienbaum 2002

Dimensions: variable
Materials: 42 balls: 7 made from bronce, 35 from feathers

This installation 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. In the artist book which is part of the installation (not shown in the foto documentation) these newspaper articles as well as scientific and philosophical input can be found and read according to personal taste.

The installation is together with ‘Weicher Raum No 1’ (->) 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


Montag, November 1st, 2010

‚Mut, Leben, Widerstand, Poesie‘

‚Mut, Leben, Widerstand, Poesie…’
Object
© Susanne Kienbaum 2001

Dimensions: 15×10 cm, three pieces
Materials: embroidery, velvet, feathers, cardbord

Concept | Realization: Susanne Kienbaum

Foto: © Susanne Kienbaum


Dienstag, Oktober 19th, 2010

‘Transient Survival Spaces N°1 & 2′

‚Transient Survival Spaces N°1 & 2’
Multimedia-In-Situ Installation
© Susanne Kienbaum 2009

Dimensions: 200x 180x 110 each
Materials: wire screen, paper shredder, moss shredder, tiles and hand-writing

Concept | Realization: © Susanne Kienbaum
Concent Art, Kreuzbergstrasse 28, D-10965 Berlin

In order to illustrate the gap between high investments and low outcome of multimedia art installations the work tried to illustrate this issue by achieving the maximum size of an artwork for a minimum of investments: paper shredder and moss were recycled from personal waste for the exhibition, the wire screen was bought at ‚Bauhaus‘ – a retail chain for building and contruction – and brought back after the exhibition. Thus, overall expenses for this artwork were approximately only € 48,00. The work was accompanied by a cynical text written on the tiled walls: naming the artist’s production process including budgeting, overall art marketing and business, illustrated by a photo of Carl Spitzweg ‘the poor poet’.

Foto: Nika Radíc, Susanne Kienbaum



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