urban research selection 2010
Urban Research/ Directors Lounge at
KING KONG Contemporary Art Project,
Ehrenhof des Mannheimer Barockschlosses
Sound Pattern #1 Violence in the City
12—29 November 2010
Opening reception 12 November 19:30
Mannheim Barock Castle
Three guest curators, Klaus W. Eisenlohr (Berlin), Hans W. Koch (Köln) und Thomas Lühr Frankfurt/M.) present video and sound works.
Container 1: Urban Research Screening and Installation
"urban interference and the city's symbols"
The success of modern cities is connected with relative security and trust in the social contract between citizens. As Jan Philippe Reemtsma states: "If I happen to drop into a violent situation, I will neither be made responsible for not being armed, nor for having failed to defend myself." (memory-quoted). Although this unwritten contract is part of the production of modernity, urban myths and symbols often tell about violent situations. Therefore, films about urban symbols often deal with the uncanny. They thus touch the precarious balance between the violence of law enforcement and undisclosed threats of decay.
On the other hand, with urban interventions, artists try to play a more active role in society . Some artists see themselves as "political activist" and try to change politics and society; others just try to reach a different, more divers audience; or, they like to reach out for a seemingly impossible dream. All of them, however, share visions and ideas about urban life. And those inspirations may be infectious!
Barock Castle Catacombes: Tom Skipp's 3-channel work Stormwater, which explores Europe's biggest stormwater reservoir before the flood
(Klaus W. Eisenlohr)