Kerstin Honeit and
Pätzug / Hertweck
05/18/2018 at 7pm
Dr. Ute Müller-Tischler
Head of Department Arts and Culture
Introduction to the exhibition
by the visiting curators
Stefan Aue, Anne Hölck and Jessica Páez
Duration of the exhibition
05/19/2018 - 07/01/2018
Curatorial tour through the exhibition
The architecture of the Bärenzwinger constructs a specific reality: Movements and encounters between bears and humans were regulated through perfect mechanisms: Security grating systems determined the animals' path, and keepers would operate them, thus maintaining the scenery in the
outdoor enclosures for the visitors' view.
Today, these systems form the backdrop for another staging of movement and a new choreography of encounter.
To what extent does architecture structure the relationship between humans, animals and objects? How is behavior shaped by spacial structures, and how can these established conditions be disrupted and re-negotiated?
In the exhibition "Swinger", former demarcations are revised. The mechanically animated installation "Pagodenwackeln" by Pätzug / Hertweck moves throughout the interior and exterior of the Bärenzwinger and challenges a positioning in relation to the space and its voids.
In Kerstin Honeit's Video work "Panda Moonwalk or Why Meng Meng Walks Backwards", human and inhuman bodies actively and resistantly assert themselves in the context of social injustices.
The works touch, overlap, interrupt each other and outline modifiable structures, so that the Bärenzwinger's construction of eality collapses and can be re-interpreted in a never-completing loop.
Curated by Stefan Aue, Anne Hölck and Jessica Páez
Using video works, performance and installations in her artistic research, Kerstin Honeit examines worlds of hegemonic image production in the media of information technology and pop culture. Intervening at the boundaries of representation and reception, she questions the construction of social norms.
Irene Pätzug and Valentin Hertweck have been collaborating since 2012 on largescale installations that employ kinetic elements to address space as a medium.
Their work interrogates the relationship between space and human, their collaborative practice is rooted in the conception that space itself is an actant, and not only the humans populating it. Their work evolves from an intensive engagement with the given architectural conditions of the exhibition space and transforms it into a backdrop, stage or display in combination with movement, action and reaction.
We are excited to have Stefan Aue, Anne Hölck and Jessica Páez as visiting curators for the fifth exhibition project at Bärenzwinger.
Stefan Aue concieves and realizes thematic projects between science and art, currently he works at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. Anne Hölck is an independent scenographer for theatre projects and curator in the field of human-animal studies. Jessica Páez is an independent producer and dramaturg in theatre and visual art and works as a project coordinator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) since 2015. Their common interest in the artistic production of knowledge and its presentation combines them as curatorial team.
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