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Installation view, Kerstin Cmelka, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen, 2004

Installation view, Dirk Fleischmann, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen, 2004

Installation view, Jay Chung und Q Takaki Maedao, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen, 2004

Installation view, Shannon Bool, c/o – Atle Gerhardsen, 2004


Opening reception: Jul 3. 2004, 6 p.m.
Duration: Jul 3.–Jul 31. 2004

It is a great pleasure to announce a group show by five young artists from Städelschule Frankfurt.
The aesthetic of so called Paparazzi-Photos, focussing the action and recognizability of a prominent person, disregarding quality, has been point of origin for Kerstin Cmelka’s work O.T. (Fly-Posting). Concentrating on pictures of prominent mothers, showing the multiple role of being emancipated, autonomous and successful as well as a careful mother and wife, Kerstin Cmelka assumes and re-enacts certain gestures, movements, actions, places or clothes showing herself in the role of an observed star. The photographs produced as posters had been illegally fixed up in the city of Frankfurt. The effect of being integrated in local poster advertising and the transformation of the works during the time had also been part of the work documented and shown in six photographs.

Most of the projects of Dirk Fleischmann last for very long time periods. Since 2002 Fleischmann maintains a little chicken farm at a school for disabled children in Frankfurt am Main with the title “Free range chicken eggs from chicken, that live in a coop based on a plan by Rosemarie Trockel”.

The slide-installation “One hundred and sixty out of two billion eggs” consists of a series of slides of 160 different eggs, that were produced in Fleischmanns chicken farm within a time period of two and a half months. The title “One hundred and sixty out of two billion eggs” relates these eggs to the amount of all eggs being produced within the same time period in Germany.

Modus Tollens consists of two photographs documenting the two months Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda spent under the false impression that they would never see each other again: “We intentionally acted as if Maeda was obligated by circumstances so embarrassing that not only would he be forced to return to Japan permanently, but he would also have to break contact with his friends and colleagues. As Maeda preferred to leave in secret, only I knew of his departure, one month in advance, which we tried to spend accordingly. Then, starting from the day of his departure (the day the first photo was taken), as it was clear he would not depart, we began to do it again.”

The video Untitled shows two figures appearing, fighting and disappearing as a shadow play, which occurs on top of the shadow in front of a car driving on a highway.
The idea for Shannon Bools drawings came originally from the famous case study "the wolfman" by Freud. In this study, the patient's obsessive-compulsive disorder was traced back to a nightmare he had, where he dreamt he had woken up, looked out of his window at a walnut tree in his garden, and then had seen "six or seven wolves," all white, staring at him. Freud interpreted this dream in about 50 different ways; the patient's drawing of the dream first fascinated him, where he only drew 5 of the 6 or 7 wolves. Freud first associated this dream with a number of fairy tales (the wolf and the seven little kids, little red riding hood, the tailor and the wolf) and then through further analysis determined that the wolves could have represented a scene of his parents having sex that the patient had witnessed when he was very small. The patient later claimed, that the attentive gaze of the wolves was his, freud wrote 'in the one case distortion consists in the exchange of subject and object, active and passive modes, being watched instead of watching". In the essay "1914, One or Several Wolves" Deleuze and Guattari dismiss freud's entire interpretation of the number of wolves and determine that the question of the wolves – and their number – is not one of representation and wrote "don't think for a minute that it has to do with believing oneself a wolf, representing oneself as a wolf. The wolf, wolves are intensities, speeds, temperatures, nondecomposable variable distances. A swarming, a wolfing...Lines of flight of deterritorialization, becoming-wolf, becoming inhuman, deterritorialized intensities:that is what multiplicity is." The ideas in these texts, specifically the multiplicity in attempts to read reality, were the starting point for Shannon Bools works, where she plays with space within its relation to representational content and subjective readings of reality.