Warehouse9 – live art venue

4-9.12 2012 14-19 Baier/Möhring – Exhibition

J. Jackie Baier “The Portrait Project 2009” – Mitzucker

Opening Reception: Tuesday 04 December 2012 19:00-22:00
Artist Talk: Friday 07 December 2012 20:00-21:00 “The Mirror Cracked”

Opening hours:
Wednesday 05 December 2012 14-19
Thursday 06 December 2012 14-19
Friday 07. December 2012 14-19
Sunday 09. December 2012 14-19

Entrance: Free
Special Seminar Event: Saturday the seminar Art 4 Social Change will take place in the exhibition space.
More info: http://warehouse9.dk/2012/art-4-social-change/

J. Jakcie Baier from Berlin is a transsexual art photographer and film director. She just finished a documentary feature film sponsored by the German Film institute about the Lithuanian/Jewish transsexual sexworker “Julia”. The film gives insight in social, political, cultural and personal aspects of the sexual underground. J. Jackie Baier has been a guest at Warehouse9 as an artist in residence sponsored by the Danish Arts Council – DIVA (Danish International Visiting Artist Program). Over 3 month Baier produced a substantial body of portraits, which was an artistic arcievement, but more importantly also created a local community and network for trans people in Warehouse9 – now known as the T-lounge Society. (www.tlounge.dk)
The solo exhibition in December 2009 at Warehouse9 was well attended and had recognition in the media fx. Politiken. In this exhibition Baier will show excerpts from the Portrait Project produced in Warehouse9 which is a work in progress. It will contain photos from the period 2009-2011 and also new work. The artist will be present during the exhibition and also at the Seminar “Art 4 Social Change” Saturday 8. December 13-17.
J. Jackie Baier fra Berlin er transkønnet kunstfotograf og filminstruktør. Hun har lige færdiggjort en dokumentarfilm støttet af Det Tyske Filminstitut om den littauiske/jødiske transprostituerede ‘Julia’, som giver indblik i sociale, politiske, kulturelle og personlige aspekter af miljøerne i den seksuelle undergrund. J. Jackie Baier har tidligere gæstet Warehouse9 under Kunstrådets DIVA program (Danish International Visiting Artist Program). Baier producerede i 3 måneder et stort katalog af portrætfotografi, som fik en afgørende betydning for skabelsen af et nærmiljø for transpersoner. Projektet resulterede i en separatudstilling, som fik opmærksomhed i bla. Politiken i december 2009.
Til denne udstilling viser J. Jackie Baier værker fra the Portrait Project samt nyt arbejde.
Kunstneren er til stede under udstillingen og vi holde et indlæg om sit arbejde til seminaret Art  4 Social Change lørdag d. 8. December kl. 13-17.


Tobi Möhring/Christian W. Find Speaking Through Flowers/Durch Die Blume – Audio Sculpture

07-09 December 2012 14-19, Warehouse9
After the exhibition at Warehouse9 the Audio Sculpture can be experienced in the entrance of Vesterbro Bibliotek, Lyrskovgade 4  1758 København V in the opening hours all through December. http://bibliotek.kk.dk/biblioteker/vesterbro

Sound Sculpture against Homophobia and Transphobia

Violence has no boundaries
Homophobia and transphobia do not remain within borders – sadly. This violence does not end at national frontiers and it is found throughout all classes of society. It is mostly subtle, but can be completely open too, and very brutal, depending what the current social climate is. For decades, various groups and initiatives, mostly from the subculture, have raised awareness of homo- and transphobic violence – within the limits of national frontiers. This has begun to change; a dialogue has opened up. There have been international actions of solidarity for some while, but it is only now, with globalisation and the growing opportunities for networking, that people are beginning to look beyond their own back yard, and to look more closely. It is becoming increasingly clear that discrimination takes different forms in other countries; it has different causes in each case, linked to the history of the country, the legislation and the experiences of the people there.
With the sound-sculpture project Durch die Blume we want to make people look more closely still, by allowing people to speak personally – with a free-standing vase of an unusual nature; its metal blooms can talk. The flowers describe experiences of discrimination and of the protest against it. The sculpture itself remains unchanged throughout, but its audio content can and should be changed according to where it currently stands; this is a travelling flower vase. In this way visitors learn about conditions in their own and their neighbouring country. The sound sculpture project thus aims to raise awareness, inform and above all to encourage people to be open to the experiences and stories of other people, across and beyond borders, and tell their own experiences.

The sound sculpture as symbol
The sculpture’s basic form represents a flower vase – using an original Siemens spin dryer. Traces of its use are clear to see. This machine for the housewife of tomorrow was developed in post-war Germany and is used here as a reference to the “economic miracle”, the years following the Second World War, a time when instead of dealing intellectually and emotionally with the terrible events of the recent past, West Germans were busy accumulating wealth. The spin dryer is a symbol of this repression. It stands for acceleration and for the speed which has been maintained till today; people who cannot or will not keep up, are spun to the edges. The spin dryer also stands for the division into two sexes. As a machine for a modern housewife, it symbolises the “clean and tidy” mentality of a society in which everything has to be as white as the wind-driven snow and fresh as a spring breeze. But the sculpture simultaneously disrupts this symbolism; the machine seems to be broken; pieces of metal are hanging out of it and have taken on a new function. They are flowers, hanging over the rim of the dryer, dried- out and lifeless. Yet two of the flower-stems are standing upright and are even flowering. They have survived the spin-dryer massacre and become witnesses to a past that has been suppressed. The flowers have not lost their tongues and they can talk – precisely in the manner of the 1950s; then the consensus was not to tell the truth directly or unvarnished; it was better to talk in a veiled, flowery way: durch die blume, “through flowers”, as they say in German.

Construction and potential application of the sound sculpture
The flower-arrangement consists entirely of un-treated iron. Loudspeakers are installed inside the flowers and in the barrel of the spin-dryer; at the press of a button they release sounds and voices. The sonic architecture of the sculpture thus consists of two levels, the drum and the flowers, with a dramaturgical division between the two. Several short episodes can be heard, each a few minutes long and individually selectable. While documentary tones emerge from the depths of the drum, the free-standing flowers, in full bloom, provide a contrasting voice, reflecting and commenting. The sounds can also move between the levels. It becomes clear that homophobia and transphobia come from the depths of the past; they are essentially anachronistic. While the vase of flowers retains its form permanently, the audio material can be changed according to the current location. For the exhibition in Denmark, testimonials from Germany will be placed alongside people’s experiences from Denmark. The German stories will be heard via a voice-over in English. For the testimonials from Denmark Danish witnesses will be found. The website durchdieblu.me will be used to document the project and provide more in- depth information. The public can also make comments, write their impressions, ask questions and enter into dialogue with the artists on the site.

Target Group
The sculpture is intended to reach as broad an audience as possible in each country including people of various ages and levels of education, speaking indirectly – “through flowers”. At first glance it is not clear what the vase of flowers is about, and what it holds. The public only find out when they take the initiative; the element of surprise at the press of a button is a deliberate part of the concept. In this way we hope to reach people who would be put off by the subject and would not even approach the sculpture if they knew what it was about. They will hopefully be encouraged to listen. The dramatic visualisation – desiccated flowers in an old spin-dryer with two single blooms – becomes concrete via the aural elements. The public themselves become ear-witnesses.

The Artists

Christian W. Find (born 1960 in Mannheim): idea, concept, sound design
Features producer, sound designer, newsreader and editor for Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg radio station.
Education: Masters in protestant theology, journalism, speech and singing
Selected productions:
Glasgedanke (short radio play, 1985)
Unkraut Vergeht (feature on the threatened community gardens in New York,
SWR Baden-Baden radio station, 1998)
Etuxx (Internet project, 2000-2006)
Ein Fromms nicht nur den Frommen (feature on AIDS-prevention, nominated for the Prix Europa 2005, SWR Baden-Baden radio station)
Ich möchte nicht mehr im Schrank leben (Lesbians and gays in old age, WDR Köln radio station, 2008)

Miss Tobi Möhring (geb.1971 in Köln): idea, metalwork art Metal and performance artist, Physiotherapist
Education: precision engineering, welding, physiotherapy Selected exhibitions:
Metal Sculptures, artists’ village Ein Hod, Israel, 1997
Transidentischer Anstoss: Mann-Frau-Oder? (trans-ident-impact: man-woman-or?) Böckler-Haus, Berlin, 2002
Lachen in Zeiten von Hartz IV (laughter in the Hartz-IV era) sculpture park Sinneswald, Leichlingen, 2003
Blumen und Insekten (flowers and insects), sculpture park Rheinblicke-Einblicke, Cologne, 2004
Schrott Platz Wesen (scrap-yard beings) Berlin, 2006
Parallel Worlds , New York City, 2006
Suave Intento (Tender Attempt) Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 2009

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