Kunsthalle Mainz: The slow Creep of the Keeper

what does not seem to be A box full of small money, a popcorn machine, telephone books, cell phones, military boots and a water melon: things are just to be you

Kunsthalle Mainz: The slow Creep of the Keeper

what does not seem to be A box full of small money, a popcorn machine, telephone books, cell phones, military boots and a water melon: things are just to be you. A paddling pool, a car door, stairs, a radiant heater on a pile of Sand and a door with many locks form more enigmatic sculptures in the room and parts of a sinister archive.

For "Earwitness Inventory" has worn the 1985 Amman-born artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan everyday objects that are now in the Mainz Kunsthalle. With you Hamdan tried to imitate those awful noises of violence and torture that former inmates remember. He's trying to figure out how a punch sounds like in the human body or head: such as a space at the end of the melon, like a breaking Egg, or a phonebook?

Unpleasant Considerations

the gaps and blank spaces, which manifest as incomplete memories, as a knowledge and perception gaps and, as a Disappearance of something, it goes in the exhibition "Enter the Void" in Mainz, the Director of the Kunsthalle, Stefanie Böttcher, in addition to the winner of the Turner Prize Hamdan, also at Goldsmiths, University of London-based research group Forensic Architecture, as well as Paulo Tavares and Ursula Biemann was able to win.

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test your visitors the Show unpleasant Reflections to be expected that the protection of animals and the environment, back, but, as by the Corona-crisis by now anyway, and more. As in the investigation of criminal cases, witnesses were interviewed, materials reviewed and backed up and there looked to see where it hurts. Because to look at the destruction of the natural right inevitably sad – just like the people suffering and injustice, the animals will be done to added. With their Work, the artists complain sometimes, although not entirely unknown grievances. But your view of it is different. As new relationships are developed.

Immediately you learn about when you Enter the Soundproofed and darkened chamber "Saydnaya (the missing 19 db)", another Installation Hamdans, which torments were delivered the prisoners to the Syrian prison in Saydnaya. You have been permanently connected to the eyes, they were not allowed to speak loudly, not to cough. The Band, which is due to report witnesses, hears: "In the whole building not a single voice is heard," says one. "In the silence you hear nothing except the slow Creep of the Keeper." To 19 decibels quieter the Whispers of the prisoners, as the prison in 2011, was used for political protesters, has Hamdan found out. It is a mass murder that can be measured in a whisper "began".

Interactive landscapes

While Hamdan analyzes the sound, to events, to understand, to focus, other artists, architects, IT specialists, journalists, and scientists of different divisions of the research group Forensic Architecture at the architecture analysis: Interactive landscapes and 3D models, where crimes and violations took place. Even clouds of smoke from bombs this involve, how the work "The Bombing of Rafah" shows.

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Updated Date: 21 July 2020, 02:19

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