Fri 28 April 2006
New Works in the Media Museum
Presentation of the most recent installations
[ZKM | Media Museum, 5 p.m.]
[=> Information auf Deutsch]
Didier Demorcy, Isabelle Mauz, Studio Plo in collaboration
with Julien Gravelle and Vincianne Despret: »When Wolves Settle: A Panorama«,
The work arose in the context of the exhibition »Making Things
Public«, which was shown at ZKM in 2005. It thematizes the media-geared
French debate about whether the wolf, which had until the late 1980s no longer
played a role in the Alps, had now returned. Whereas the animal protectionists
considered the animal’s return an ecological sensation, the local shepherds
felt that their existence was threatened. The installation by Didier Demorcy
and the sociologist Isabelle Mauz comprises a miniature model of a French alpine
valley and a computer-interface system. The funnel-shaped model, which recalls
the architectural form of a parliamentary hall, at the bottom flows into the
depiction of a mountain village in which the mountain dwellers are holding a
demonstration. Visitors can call up the details of the events as well as the
accompanying information by means of a touch screen. Little telescopes make
it possible to inspect individual areas of the work more closely. Yet no matter
how closely you look, there are no wolves to be found in Demorcy’s work.
Matthias Gommel: »Rhine Streaming,« 2005
The work offers a live transmission directly into ZKM of the underwater events
in the Rhine six kilometers outside of Karlsruhe. »Rhine Streaming«
converts the Rhine into a stream of data that flows directly into the exhibition.
Video images, underwater sounds, as well as the actions of living creatures
in the water can thereby be experienced »live« and produce a direct
representation. The data are transmitted from the Rhine station Karlsruhe across
a nearly seven-kilometer radio link into ZKM. The project thereby makes a reference
to the historical plans of the urban planner Weinbrenner, who attempted to connect
the river and the city via canal. How is it possible to give a river a voice?
»Rhine Streaming« confronts the Rhine politically, historically,
and biologically. What do we see the the Rhine as being? In which contexts and
with which instruments is it perceived? How has this image of the river formed
and changed over the past two centuries and how has the river itself changed
The art project »Rhine Streaming« by Matthias Gommel was made possible
through close cooperation with the LUBW (Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen
und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg) (Federal institute for ecology, surveying
and conservation Baden Würrtemberg).
Peter Dittmer: »Amme_5,« 2005 [until October 29, 2006]
»Amme_5« is a machine with artificial intelligence. The public
can converse with »Amme_5« via keyboard at six screen sites. Astounding
word duels, ingenious verbal spins, sometimes sassy, sometimes cagey talk and
counter talk from people and machine, rhetorical blows, poetry, dada, small
talk / dirty talk, followed by philosophical profundity. The public has the
possibility to provoke Amme and cause it to dispense milk. A bewildering gesture,
carried out by a high-tech robot arm that comes to the table of the those communicating
and can, perhaps, spill a glass of milk. With his fifth version of Amme, Peter
Dittmer carries the conceptually disposed moment of the grotesque to extremes.
Amme announces its feelings by filling and emptying »angst glasses,«
with strange shower attacks, draining and pumping processes, and through sound
and light effects. Amme causes us to seriously ask: What is intelligence? What
happens when people and machines fight? How is communication achieved?
Peter Dittmer’s »Die Amme_5« is a Kunsthalle
Göppingen production in cooperation with FHTE, IHK Bezirkskammer Göppingen,
and numerous companies in the region. works in full length.