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Events 03 | 2012

Thurs−Sun March 08−11, 2012
The ZKM at the art KARLSRUHE

art fair
at the Messe Karlsruhe, Thurs−Sat 12 a.m.−8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. −7 p.m., admission from 10

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The art fair, art KARLSRUHE, will take place in 2012 for the ninth time. With more than 200 renowned galleries from 12 countries, it presents classical modernist and contemporary painting, sculpture, object art, graphic art and photography. The ZKM | Karlsruhe will also be represented this year with a stand in Hall 1. Visitors will receive there, in the presence of selected works, insight into the current exhibitions, as well as the possibility to get to know some of the apps produced at ZKM. Additionally, two works from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, an associate of ZKM, will be shown.

From the current exhibition "The State of Image. The Media Pioneers Zbigniew Rybczyński and Gábor Bódy" at ZKM | Media Museum, three experimental video artworks can be seen: the masterpiece "Tango (1980)" by Polish artist Rybczyński won an Oscar in 1983 in the category of "best animated short film" and found worldwide recognition. In "Tango" spatial and temporal relations appear to dissolve: The narrow room of a petty bourgeois idyll is quickly transformed through the animated, mechanical, repetitive pacing of the same people throughout the room, with their absurd behaviors, into a madhouse of nervous, hectic, senseless movements. Rybczyński's work "Imagine"is the music video to John Lennon’s eponymous pop-anthem: The various stages of a man’s life unfold in an apparently borderless sequence of rooms. In a continuous movement, the figures pass the same room, again and again, through the window of which Manhattan’s skyline is visible. The lyric clip "Novalis: Walzer"is descriptive of the Hungarian film and video artist Gábor Bódy, whose work is considered audiovisual literature.

Video material also provides insight into the extraordinary exhibition project "Moments. A History of Performance in 10 Acts", that can be seen at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art as of March 8th, 2012. The show breaks with familiar routines and questions the degree to which the art form of performance can be presented at a museum; it also works through, together with the public, new formats and methods of an active documentation of performance history. The thematic departure point comprises the 1960s to 1980s, the so-called 'heroic' period of performance history.

With the interactive Sound Art work "Stahlwellenfedern" by Bernhard Leitner, visitors to art KARLSRUHE can create sounds themselves. It is part of the large special exhibition, "Sound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art", which, as of March 17th, 2012, gives an overview of Sound Art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Works on exhibit from the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design are likewise interactive: Presented for the first time, "Nàrkissos" by the working group "Kinetic Space" immediately opens up several philosophical thematic areas. Using a real-time room camera, the surroundings are projected into a mirror that visitors can gaze into. A face-tracking system recognizes people, yet makes their faces unrecognizable at the same time. The artwork plays with the Antique myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection since he didn’t recognize it as such and thus questions an ever-growing individualism as well as the construction of reality in general. With the game homage "Schnäppchenjäger" by Jens Stober, players in the halls of art KARLSRUHE can buy artwork.

Visit ZKM at art KARLSRUHE 2012 we look forward to seeing you!

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