Island exhibition: Islands Archipelagos Atolls, 2008
Islands Archipelagos Atolls, Orders Of The Insular
Artistic approaches to different islands
The exhibition shows works by contemporary artists that make specific aspects of the insular aesthetically experienceable. The subjects are real geographical, fictitious and artificial islands.
The works make the diversity of islands visible; the islands appearing in the artworks are widely diversified: some are, for example, Bali, Kalymnos, Manhattan, Phu Quoc in Vietnam, Iceland, the Hallig Nordstrandischmoor, Lummerland and Stevenson's Treasure Island. Island vs. isolation
Island vs. isolation
Some of the works suggest a critical engagement with the almost inevitable opinion that the border relevant to the island is formed by the surrounding water, which seems to predestine the island to be used again and again as a metaphor of isolation. In contrast, the beach, for example, appears as a place of communication between the island and what comes from outside, or as an important moment of widespread island wanderlust, as in Ira Schneider's video work about beaches. In Jae-Hyun Yoo's model of an invented island, whose form is a mixture of Berlin and Korea, the drawing of boundaries on the island is taken into consideration. Cultural Conditionality of Island Perception Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Cultural Conditionality of Island Perception
A further theme is the ever-present part of cultural construction in the island imagines, as in the installation by Barbara Hindahl, which integrates technology, image production and the individual perspective, i.e. the cultural standpoint.
Works are also inspired by the question of which characteristics can perhaps actually be attributed to certain islands as islands: What could be phenomena that are so island-specific that they are not possible on the mainland?
Participating artists with short description of the works
Daniela Butsch (Berlin)
video installation artist, photographer, author
Archipelago, Schweden 2008,
98 minutes st. video document of an eleven-hour trip through the archipelago off Stockholm (Stockholms skärgård) with stops on Hemsö, whose inhabitants August Strindberg used as a model for his story "The People of Hemsö", on the island of Bullerö - made famous by the summer stays of the painter Bruno Liljefors and the film people Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Zarah Leander and finally on Sandhamn, the most easterly situated chic holiday island. Vaxholm, the small fortress founded in 1647 - one of the towns in the archipelago along with Stockholm and Gustavsberg - is also passed. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Holger Endres (Mannheim)
performance artist, painter, draftsman
An air mattress, lying on the floor in a room. I step on the air mattress and sit on it. I put on one headphone and connect another headphone to a Diskman. I lie on my back, lying next to me the other headphone. I turn on the music and close my eyes. One may lie down with it. After two hours I get up and leave the room. The air mattress remains lying in the room.
Barbara Hindahl (Mannheim)
video point-of-view installation: island picture production
Alexander Horn (Mannheim, Ludwigshafen)
Paintings; cultural construction of island images, taking possession of islands and island symbols
THE KOI (Berlin) Performance 12.9.08 20 Uhr h7/15
THE KOI shows commercial masks and other island sports in a live performance entitled "out of discourse".
Artur Kurkowski (Mannheim)
Two of the pictures shown (80 cm x 200 cm) deal with the content of Langeneß bei Landunter. Behind the apparent idyll of this landscape painting is the highest water level / the storm tide of 1977, based on a family photo album by Anna E. Wilkens. The third picture (50 cm x 125 cm), on the other hand, depicts Nordstrandischmoor in the present. The ten individual parts of the picture represent the ten German Halligen Islands. The houses of the Hallig inhabitants are built on mounds, that's the name of the artificial mounds that protect the Hallig inhabitants from the rough sea (about 40 times a year the sea covers the Hallig). Thematically, I was attracted by this form of depiction because of the struggle, the defiance and finally the adaptation of the North Frisian islanders to nature. History: The "Grote Mandränke", a storm tide in 1362, is considered to be the birth of the Hallig, which devastated the rich coastal town of Rungholt and seven other communities, killed 7600 people and took large parts of the land with it. The first Halligen remain behind. In 1634 the second "Grote Mandränke" ravaged the old island "Strand": 6 000 people died, the horseshoe-shaped island was washed away, only some small areas remained.
Hallig Nordstrandischmoor; Halligen as idyllic and flooded places
Gabriele Künne (Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Berlin)
Installation work in the outdoor space, consisting of ceramic objects and plants that symbolically address the garden as a social island.
Reiner Maria Matysik (Berlin)
Installation between Lummerland, Kant and artificial islands with tables, fans, foils and suddenly appearing islands
Pinky &, Dr. Brown (Berlin): Chrish Klose and Thomas Richter
Performance/Aktion: „Dream Baggage”
Action art - Multiples - Print on linen bags
Harald Priem (Mannheim)
Photo work "Island talents" - documentation about typical island activities on the island Kalymnos
Ira Schneider (Berlin)
video art, photography
Video: „Manhattan is an Island” and
Fritz Stier (Mannheim, Viernheim)
installation artist, painter
Alexander C. Totter (Barcelona)
photographer, installation, video
Project "Drift - Floating Landmarks, Kantstikkur & Co." on and around Iceland
Konstantin Voit (Mannheim)
Veronika Witte (Berlin)
Video work based on a survey in Vietnam about outlines of geographical islands that are superimposed in a morphing program
Jae-Hyun (Lee) Yoo (Berlin)
deals in his artistic work in a genre-unspecific way with borders and the crossing of borders in the sense of an "open identity
Co-initiator of the international artist group Global Alien
Topographisches Modell, Installation
visualisiert auf einer fiktiven Insel Berlin-Korea politische und soziale Grenzen