Zero Waste in Leipzig: frustration instead of art

In the current sustainability debate to the consumption of resources all of the talk about the individual "footprint", but what can be the cause as everything

Zero Waste in Leipzig: frustration instead of art

In the current sustainability debate to the consumption of resources all of the talk about the individual "footprint", but what can be the cause as everything, has rarely been clearer than it is now in the Leipzig Museum of fine arts. There, the Dutch artist has installed, Dani Ploeger, a "laboratory for electrical ageing", its main component, a meter-long hollow cylinder, can be an axis mechanically in such a way to rotate that in its Interior, a commercially available electro-crashes article with a loud clanging again and again down. Today, the beginning of the exhibition "Zero Waste" is subject to a safety razor of this stress test, and whose Maltreatment is triggered by a footprint: The visitors start the process by stepping on a Pedal. It is a lot of idea does not cost power to predict the shaver a very long product life cycle under these laboratory conditions.

Andreas platthaus

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this is Exactly the proof of Ploegers is, of course, intent: From the previous use of the visible hand-made monstrosity, a bag with fragmented individual parts of such a shaver what's left "which would then find their way to Ghana," says the artist. Or in other economically less developed country which commemorates its resource and trade balances through the Import of Western Wohlstandsmülls Supplement. "Zero Waste" aims to open our eyes about the short-sightedness of their own consumer behaviour and the long-term effect of the resulting damage to the environment.

the Leipzig Museum has a just as competent as graduates of Partner, than the actual host of the Show: the Berlin-based German Federal environment Agency, since the seventies, the program series "art and environment" is organized. This time, the office provides a compilation of almost twenty artistic positions from all over the world, relating very clearly self-Position. Here are bureaucratic monsters are clichés such as "ecosystem" Directive, "waste and circular economy", "energy efficiency features" or "disposable plastic Directive" aesthetic, vividly made – with the exhibition, unfortunately, the most reliable of the arts, when the word "plastic" comes. In Leipzig, everything is meant to be very good, some also quite well done, but it will be urged, especially nonstop. And memorials don't have to do with art needed something.

So because not often in the Leipzig Museum, where in your design as environmentally friendly exhibition conceived – for example, through the use of recyclable materials, of resignation to update older installations, and the compensation of unavoidable resource consumption of the offers through the planting of trees in the city – the visitors in the clinically white halls, the basement, the appearance of a classy dump. No wonder, it is a large part of the shown Work found garbage, as one might say in reference to the documentary principle of the found footage.

The German artist Swaantje Güntzel, for example, in addition to your country man Wolf von Kries most prominently in the Show, has to be recycled in the stomachs of dead Albatross found plastic toy parts, which brought the animals to the death, to the extent that you can get them now in a vending machine, from which you could acquire it for two euros (if not the coin would be disabled slot). A statutory inscription warns that the content is "suitable for children up to the age of 36 months", because he "think small parts" which could be fatal if swallowed damage. Unfortunately, birds can't read.

The presentation of such unwanted relics of our modern comfortable life, the Cantus is a firmus of the "Zero Waste". Only rarely it is, however, in such a spirit as rich as in the case of a Tube with the color "neckartor black", the Stuttgart-based artist Erik storm by means of the binding agents, glue and the water from it collected dust on a road in his home city has produced. More power would powered vehicles such as the Buick sedan, which the Americans Michel de Broin 2007 engine - turned on a pedal drive and then a Tour with four pedal car passengers by New York City filmed, would have storm able to produce only neckartor grey.

Updated Date: 25 June 2020, 17:19

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