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GRATEFUL PARK: PK RD40 final show

How do we navigate and develop our own ecologies of care? We are currently faced with economic models that devalue and obstruct care; producing subjectivities that drive the current climate crisis and the on-going disruption/destruction of ecosystems, displacing both humans and other-than humans. With blatant disregard for the embodied knowledge these ecosystems cultivate and nourish.

This final exhibition of the 40th round of PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program residents aims to be a space to rethink forms of operating in the individual and collective spheres. Grateful Park reflects the outcome of some of these processes, articulating how we find ourselves embedded in an environment.

Through a cultural and affective exchange that creates systems to nurture, support one another and grow, the studios at PILOTENKUECHE build a shared ecology. This ecology lives in-between, influenced by the social and environmental, therefore catalysing possibilities to recalibrate our idea of individual and collective care practices.

Support structures can reflect how care labour is undervalued
under capitalism
. As artists, we might bring visibility to invisible acts of care and also how we might approach care as something creative, as a way of reinventing its place or value in work/ life/ art relations. Perhaps we open up questions around how care is done and who does it. The diversity of the works in the show Grateful Park is testimony to the myriad of questions we are faced with in our current political and environmental crisis. The residents create and inhabit new constellations.

GRATEFUL PARK

vernissage:
Friday 20 September
7PM-11PM

performances:
Tom Austin
Adam Tuch
LIS

open:
Saturday 21 September – Monday 23 September
1PM-5PM

location:
PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program
Franz-Flemming-Straße 9
04179 Leipzig


PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson (UK)

Assistants
Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)–

Hungry Dungeon Friends

There are some conversations that can only take place on the borders of ourselves; in contact with the other. The exhibition, Hungry Dungeon Friends, circulates around these borders and interiorities. They are viscous, unformed, multiple and representative of our hybrid nature.  

Through the hybrid format of the PILOTENKUECHE  International Art Program, there are possibilities to realign ones practice and be exposed to new environments, like the dungeonesque basement at KKW which offers a unique stimuli. Exchanges can be marked by a need, a hunger communicated through the affective fields of our bodies.  The body-organism is linked to the world through a network of primal signifiers, our bodies’ raw data

Like in the Deffractionist writings of philosopher, Karen Barad, in this project the pollination between practices and processes of the artists seeks to frame how “we cut together apart.”  The work explores intimacies and edges of collapse, dialogues about method, stages of unconscious and conscious action. How and what inhabits these points of exchange? PILOTENKUECHE offers a space to challenge temporal and spatial constraints.

In an enhanced awareness of these possible exchanges we question and reconfigure understandings. Hungry Dungeon Friends seeks to look into our entanglements in a myriad of ways. Conceived in an underworld of currents, it is a form and place where thinking intervenes in the more than human worlds.

Theorist Donna Haraway’s work highlights the figuration of these broken boundaries and imploded worlds, where knowledge and ontology dissolve. As a species we need to collectively reimagine new forms of empathy and understanding. In turn, this allows the developing of methods of care and extends the notion of what relating is, in order to confront humanity’s 21st century human exceptionalism. 

written by Curator in Residence Colette Patterson


Hungry Dungeon Friends

vernissage: 
Saturday 17 August 
7PM-10PM

Live performances by 
sound artist Isaac Magner with film maker Agathe Barreand performance artists Antonia Wetzel, Tom Alexander Austin and Simon Schäfer.

events:
Saturday 24 August
Curatorial Tour by Colette Patterson

Live performance by 
Tom Alexander Austin

open: 
Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM Tue-Sun

location:
Kunstkraftwerk
Saalfelder Str.


PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson (UK)

Assistants
Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)– 

Hungry Dungeon Friends Curatorial Tour

First and foremost, we’d like to thank everyone who packed the house for our Hungry Dungeon Friends vernissage at Kunstkraftwerk. The evening was one that still has people thinking nearly a week after. For those who missed it, the show is on until Sunday 1 September.

This Saturday at 3PM, our curator in residence, Colette Patterson will be giving a tour. Come find out what is behind the high quality works created by our International artists. We will also be gifted with a performance by Tom Austin.

Meanwhile, here are some images from the install and the vernissage shot by Stanley Louis, one of this round’s interns.

Hungry exchanges are often communicated through the affective fields of our bodies. The body-organism is linked to the world through a network of primal signifiers. An underworld of currents, there are some conversations that can only take place on the borders, on the edge of ourselves, of our contact with the other. The exhibition tries to circulate these borders, these textures, these interiorities, that are viscous, unformed, multiple and many times. We morph between states of consciousness, mapping unknown desires. This exhibition is the interim show of the Pilotenkeuche residents, and explores the possibility to traverse these spaces, inviting a tactile sensibility, and begs to ask what happens in a dungeon with friends? 

text by curator Colette Patterson


Hungry Dungeon Friends

Saturday 24 August
Curatorial Tour by Colette Patterson
performance by 
Tom Alexander Austin

open 
Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM (closed Mondays)
location:
Kunstkraftwerk
Saalfelder Str. 8
04179 Leipzig


PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson (UK)

Assistants
Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)– 

PK RD40: Upcoming shows

HUNGRY DUNGEON FRIENDS

Hungry exchanges are often communicated through the affective fields of our bodies. The body-organism is linked to the world through a network of primal signifiers. An underworld of currents, there are some conversations that can only take place on the borders, on the edge of ourselves, of our contact with the other. The exhibition tries to circulate these borders, these textures, these interiorities, that are viscous, unformed, multiple and many times. We morph between states of consciousness, mapping unknown desires. This exhibition is the interim show of the Pilotenkeuche residents, and explores the possibility to traverse these spaces, inviting a tactile sensibility, and begs to ask what happens in a dungeon with friends?

text by curator Colette Patterson

vernissage: 
Saturday 17 August 
7PM-10PM

Live performances by 
sound artist Isaac Magner with film maker Agathe Barreand performance artists Antonia Wetzel, Tom Alexander Austin and Simon Schäfer.

events:
Saturday 24 August
Curatorial Tour by Colette Patterson

Live performances by 
sound artist Isaac Magner with film maker Agathe Barreand performance artist Antonia Wetzel and Tom Alexander Austin

open: 
Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM Tue-Sun

location:
Kunstkraftwerk
Saalfelder Str.


GRATEFUL PARK

How do we navigate and develop our own ecologies of care?

Through a cultural exchange, that creates systems to nurture and grow. The studios at Pilotenkeuche become spaces for recreational play, temporal support structures manifest. This final exhibition of the residents aims to be a space to rethink forms of operating in the individual and collective spheres. Grateful Park reflects the outcome of some of these processes, articulating how we find ourselves embedded in an environment.

text by curator Colette Patterson

GRATEFUL PARK

vernissage:
Friday 20 September
7PM-11PM

performances: TBA

open:
Saturday 21 September – Monday 23 September
1PM-5PM

location:
PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program
Franz-Flemming-Straße 9
04179 Leipzig


PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson (UK)

Assistants
Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)– 

Artist spotlight: Sabrina Jolicoeur

In today’s society people are exposed to dozens or even hundreds of commercials every day. We are nearly drowning in those images. They are everywhere: in stores, outside on the street or in our news feeds on social media. How does it influence our perception of the world? Which role does it play in contemporary art? Sabrina Jolicoeur is a good person to ask those questions. Sabrina, a multidisciplinary artist and a freelance photographer based in Montreal, can see the commercial image from both sides. This allows her to create a new perspective.

(During her BFA in photography at Concordia University) “I was mainly focused on the commodification of image forms”

Surveillance was the main topic for her Bachelor thesis. This referenced her childhood spent on the military base and addressed one of the most discussed public issues. To get a full picture she interviewed a relative who worked in the military as a drone operator. She then conducted research on the companies that make jets, cameras and weaponry for the military. She paid special attention to how they use language as a way of propaganda.

all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Since coming to the residency at Pilotenkueche, Sabrina has been elaborating on new ideas. Currently she is focusing on commodification of the wellness economy and its offshoots. This led to researching how wellness has been commercialized and shared throughout history. What is particularly interesting about this topic is the fact that it can be accessed on a microscopic level in a connection to a human body, as well as, on an environmental level, and as a space of a wellness.

In her work, We share our blood, she deliberated on wellness in a sense of the community.  She made an installation with different kinds of hooks and wires and all points of connection painted in red as a reference to the blood oxidation. On each end there was an avocado seed as a reminder of growth.

It is very typical of Sabrina to pay special attention to the materials she is working with in terms of their microscopic importance. For example, carbon fiber is used in the tech industry, but at the same time it is one of the essential elements for a human body. She tries to collect all kinds of materials and arrange them so that they interact with each other. Salt and rocks, massage tools and seasonal depression lamp or sea weed and wires- the seemingly random join in connection.

Sabrina usually works on more than one piece at the same time.I am trying to let the process guide the work. I don’t like to have a finished idea about what my art piece is going to be. I let it grow naturally without limiting it to a final stage. So here in the studio things are in a constant flux, things move around, things get discarded…”. After her residency comes to an end, she wants to continue working on the topic of wellness in a larger scale back in Montreal.  We are all thrilled to see the fruitful results of her work.  

written by Kristina Nizamova

feature photo: Richmond Lam



Goodbye PK RD39, Hello PK RD40

Three months goes by so fast! It feels like just when you are getting to know each other, it’s time to go. Round 39, we will miss your passion and laughter. Happily, a few of you have stayed behind.

Here are some RD39 moments to treasure.

We want to extend a warm welcome to Round 40. It’s good to see the studio buzzing again. We look forward to a great summer spent making memories and exploding in creativity.

PK RD39

International residents
Anabel Najera-Lopez(ceramics, painting: El Paso,Texas, USA)
Coffee Kang(visual art, mixed media installation: Shanghai, China/Los Angeles, USA)
Cristina Prudente(multidisciplinary: IT/UK)
Daniel Long (painting, projection mapping: Saigon, Vietnam)
Eliana Jacobs(etching, objects, collage, conceptual: Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Izdehar Afyouni (painting, scultpture: Palestine)
Jana Moser (drawing: Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
Karine Frechette(painting: Montreal, Canada)
Kate Jones (Montreal, Canada)
Louis Bouvier(drawing sculpture, installation: Montreal, Canada)
Maria Dominga Vergara(painting: Santiago, Chile)
Marjin Roos Lindgreen (architecture, installation: Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Sabrina Jolicoeur (photography, fibre art, installation, video, performance: Montreal, Canada)

Local Participants
Elisabeth Kraus(interdisciplinary; Leipzig, Germany)
Jos Diegel(painting, film, performance: Leipzig, Germany)


Curator
Clementine Butler-Galle(London, UK)

AssistantsAdrian Klaus Rotzscher(drawing, illustration, book making: San Francisco, CA, USA)
Ellisha Walkden-Williams (art history: London, UK)
Kristina Nizamova (arts management: Hostivica, Czech Republic)

PK RD40

International residents
Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation, US)
Agathe Barre (film, FR)
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting, DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting, US)
Clément Bedel (painting,FR)
Christopher Sperandio (comics, US)
Darien Crossley (performance, painting, US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing; Paris, France)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video, UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture, UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (video, UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting, US)
Zara June Williams (painting, AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting, CH)

Local ParticipantsMatthias Geisler (painting, printmaking, DE)
Simon Schäfer (digital art, DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson(UK)

AssistantsFiona Irene Graf (UK)
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA)
iam_stanlouis (instagram)

Review: Wrestling with Impermanence

One Greek myth tells the tale of the giant Antaeus, who had been granted a special power by his mother, the Earth. When anyone passed Antaeus’ land, he would challenge them to a wrestling match. If he began to lose strength, he had only to touch the earth and his  energy would be renewed. One day he was drawn into combat with the great hero Hercules. They fought and fought but Antaeus became no weaker. Finally Hercules discovering his vulnerability, grasped Antaeus, holding him high in the air, depriving him of his immortal gift, crushing him to death. Just as the Earth had once birthed Antaeus, she became the place in which he would finally decay.  

There is an intrinsic paradox evident at the heart of myth-making: the reality is forgotten so that the message can be remembered. The original story is always subsumed by the lessons that the teller wishes to convey. We learn the lessons of history but we forget history itself. Do we ever want reality or just a version of it that confirms our pre-held convictions? A myth is not a memory, and a memory is not the truth. Life is a series of events condemned to be mythologised or forgotten. Remember and re-imagine or forget and become extinct. 

‘Wrestling with Impermanence’ is an exhibition that marks the passing of time, records a present moment that will inevitably ascend into a memory, or perhaps a myth. The 14 artists of the 39th round of Pilotenkueche International Art Programme have spent the past three months engaging, exchanging and experimenting in the city. As the residency comes to an end the states of the permanent and fleeting are wrestled with.

The multifaceted notion of a cycle holds a strong voice amongst the artworks produced during the 39th round. Recycled materials are reverberant throughout the works, repurposing and reimagining  them to form new lives. Nature’s fruit acts as one of these recycled goods, whilst others use the sensations that the cycle of nature offers to draw inspiration. Time and history are also cycles reckoned with, some works only looking forward whilst others turn back. However, all artworks do hold one prominent commonality, their presence in the present. These works invite you to enter another cycle, one of remembering, or perhaps one of forgetting. 


all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Natural cycles dominate our existence; the harvest moon becomes the waning gibbous, the tide kisses the high water line morning and night, the hawthorn blossoms of early May become seed-laden berries poised to be pecked, digested and excreted: spread amongst the barren land, destined for germination when the warmth returns.

Like Antaeus, we ask the natural world for strength when we lose our power. We are living in a climate crisis. This is our reality and our future. The ice caps are melting, the great forests are being cut and burnt. Plastic is replacing sea life; monoculture is replacing diversity. The world is on its knees. This is our reality and not a myth. 

We must respond to the reality that surrounds us, and reflect the times that we live in. We must experience the present, in order to create the myths we may leave behind. We must embrace the natural cycle of impermanence, protect it and celebrate it.

So ask yourself. Mythologise, or forget? 

curatorial text by Clementine Butler-Gallie


Wrestling with Impermance

Vernissage Fri 21 June 7PM
Open Sat 22 June-Wed 26 June 1PM-5PM

Artists

International residents

Anabel Najera-Lopez (US)
sculpture
Coffee Kang (CH/US
installation
Cristina Prudente (IT/UK)
performance/installation
Daniel Long (KH)
projection mapping
Eliana Jacobs (CA)
video/installation
Izdehar Afyouni (PL)
painting
Jana Moser (AU)
painting
Kate Jones (US)
painting
Karine Fréchette (CA)
painting
Louis Bouvier (CA)
sculpture
Dominga Vergara (CL)
painting
Marijn Roos Lindgreen (NL)
installation/sculpture
Sabrina Jolicoeur (CA)
installation

Local Participants
Elisabeth Kraus (DE)
painting
Jos Diegel (DE)
painting

Curator
Clementine Butler-Galle (UK)

Assistants
Adrian Klaus Rotzscher (US)
book binding and creation
Ellisha Walkden-Williams (UK)
art history
Kristina Nizamova (CZ)
cultural event managment

Preview: Wrestling with Impermanence

Spring has turned into Summer, memories have been carved into the spirit of the season, and an abundance of creativity has blossomed along with the trees. The artists of PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program Round 39 are wrestling with the states of the permanent and the fleeting as they come to the end of their residency. As nature endures the cycle of time, the artists prepare to present their fruit, and as nature’s seeds disperse in the wind, so the artists get ready to grow elsewhere. In celebration of the time passed, we invite you to the PK space to join us for the final exhibition ‘Wrestling with Impermanence’.

In a further response to the notion of impermanence, the exhibition expands its presentation to the outside space for one night only. A conversation unveils between the interior and exterior space. In a series of performances by PILOTENKUECHE residents and guest artists we invite you to create your own memories. After an evening of seeing through the eyes of the artists, will your recollection match theirs or will your life experiences alter your perception?

“Do we ever want reality or just a version of it that confirms our pre-held convictions?”
Round 39 curator Clementine Butler-Gallie

all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Round 39 residents Cristina Prudente and Daniel Long give us a physical representation of their work. Cristina live streams her performance into a space filled with objects from a nearby abandoned building. Her movements tell a story of love and loss, death and rebirth. Using projection mapping, Daniel allows us to become part of the piece by immersing us in the process.

Guest sound artists, Sébastien Branche and Vivian Le Vavasseur address the concept of impermanence by removing some of our senses. This allows us to heighten our awareness of others. In a tapestry of familiar and unfamiliar sounds that create a soundscape, Vivian uses a past career as a church organist to prompt listeners to question the roles of the composer, performer and audience.

Sébastien Branch notes, “Sounds commit suicide as they are played: as soon as they are born, they bear within them the inevitability of their own death. In that sense, music is possibly the art of impermanence, all the more for music that does not rely on melodic repetition, ritornellos or simple rhythmic patterns which help fix it in the memory.”

Jules Von Daniken will take us to the end the night in a full body experience with his original EDM. Wrestling with Impermanence will only happen in this constellation for one night. We are eager to share this memory making experience with you.

Wrestling with Impermance

Vernissage Fri 21 June 7PM
performances:
7.00PM-7.30PM Cristina Prudente
7.45PM-8.15PM Vivian Le Vavasseur
8.30PM-9.00PM Cristina Prudente
9.00PM-9.30PM Sébastien Branche
9.45PM-10.15PM Daniel Long
10.15PM-11.30PM Phase O’Matic

Open Sat 22 June-Wed 26 June 1PM-5PM

Artists

International residents

Anabel Najera-Lopez (US)
sculpture
Coffee Kang (CH/US
installation
Cristina Prudente (IT/UK)
performance/installation
Daniel Long (KH)
projection mapping
Eliana Jacobs (CA)
video/installation
Izdehar Afyouni (PL)
painting
Jana Moser (AU)
painting
Kate Jones (US)
painting
Karine Fréchette (CA)
painting
Louis Bouvier (CA)
sculpture
Dominga Vergara (CL)
painting
Marijn Roos Lindgreen (NL)
installation/sculpture
Sabrina Jolicoeur (CA)
installation

Local Participants
Elisabeth Kraus (DE)
painting
Jos Diegel (DE)
painting

Curator
Clementine Butler-Galle (UK)

Assistants
Adrian Klaus Rotzscher (US)
book binding and creation
Ellisha Walkden-Williams (UK)
art history
Kristina Nizamova (CZ)
cultural event managment

Review: Elsewhere a Blue Line…

In the basement of an industrial power-plant in Kunstkraftwerk, visitors followed an imagined blue line through the murky labyrinth of exposed brick walls and blacked out spaces. In every corner there was a different narrative lurking amongst the shadows, just waiting to be told. Clementine Butler-Galle, round 39’s resident curator, begs the question  “Who defines a narrative?’ In Elsewhere A Blue Line And The Absurdity Of A Ghost On A Stone, she wanted to toy with our notions of storytelling. This idea was beautifully encapsulated in the exhibitions unique setting.

Anabel Najera-Lopez’s piece ‘Absence Presence’ told multiple narratives. Upon entering the second room the work sits strikingly under a spotlight. Flesh coloured fabrics morph together to portray a figural form, the reminisce spilling out to create a dramatic effect. Her work often explores notions of selfhood, however in this piece she considers collective identity. Her use of unwanted clothes, cumulated from the streets of Leipzig, tell the stories of past owners. Through the act of ripping the material apart and repurposing it, forgotten narratives converge to form a ‘new self’. 

Some artists explored their own narratives. Coffee Kang’s ‘The Star (part 3)’ is part of an ongoing mixed media project, displaying four wooden boxes. Each box represented a different city in which she has lived; Shanghai, LA, and Leipzig. Through the daily act of drilling holes into the wood, Kang explored the temporal faculties of place. 

Other artists evoked past narratives. In ‘She’s A Cult’, Izdehar Afyoui re-tells the historical portrayal of ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’; a painting created by the early Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Through this direct re-imagining of male pain and anger in the realm of narrative art production, Afyoui sought to highlight similar contemporary paradigms of displacement with regard to the continued exclusion of women from artistic discourse. 

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Jos Diegal, one of our local residencies, too channelled an art historical narrative. In his piece ‘LOOSE FILM ANTHOLOGY IN TWO DIFFERENT STATES OF MATTER (MADE BY PEOPLE GATHERING AND ARMED WITH CELLULOID)’, Jos replicates the filmic reflexivity of the early cinematic avant-gardes. The spectacular sculpture comprised of used film strips which hung suspended from the ceiling, were displayed in conjunction to a series of projected film images. The film was manipulated by scratching and painting over it to create distorted static effects. Through the art of  anti-illusion and anti-narrative (a technique propounded by early Structuralist Film theorists), Jos seeks to challenge established conventions of cinema and its ideological underpinnings. 

In a similar critique of the technological apparatus, Daniel Long, who specialises in the art of ‘projection mapping’, created an inbuilt structure of suspended windows inside of one of the remains of the old industrial site. The windows contained an array of wires, circuit boards and other skeletons of technological parts. Upon closer examination, you see a projected image of two figures. The footage tells a dismal, though not too unfamiliar, tale of two lovers disconnected by ipads and smartphones in the modern world. Filmed from outside a living room window to create the voyeuristic impression of ‘looking in’, viewers are forced to watch the inevitable breakdown of the relationship in the story’s denouement. 

Every artwork in the space had a tale to tell. Kate Jones’ work conjured imagined narratives of psychedelic planes or demonic fairy kingdoms. Eliana Jacob’s evoked the narrative of a Nation in order to signify the importance of collective memory and remembrance. Jana Moser’s organic forms tell tales of the natural world. Christina Prudente played upon on poetic narrative, referencing Edgar Allan Poe ‘The Conqueror Worm’. Some dialogues existed less overtly in the temporality of the works production. Marijn Roos Lindgreen ’s piece, for example, which was produced from paraffin wax, told the story of ‘Becoming Solid’.

Overall, the night was truly one to remember. If you missed the vernissage, don’t worry. The exhibition is on until 2 June as part of the Kunskraftwerk experience. Each day two of the artists will be in the space to chat. This Saturday, 1 June, our curator, Clementine Butler-Galle, will be on hand for a Curatorial Tour.

Written by: Ellisha Walkden


Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone 

Open: Sun 19 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Curatorial tour with Clementine Butler-Galle: Sat 1 June 11.30AM-12.30PM
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig

In Progress: Elsewhere a Blue Line……

Where is elsewhere? What does a ghost look like? Who defines a narrative? The artists of Pilotenkueche’s 39th round invite you to abandon inhibitions and trust in the absurd, to find a new line of narrative. Join us for the opening of Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone to see what’s been cooking in the ‘Pilot’s Kitchen’. 

The Pilotenkueche residency is not just a space of creative production, but a laboratory for cultural exchange. The artists of this round have taken many different routes to Leipzig, with artists arriving from Cambodia, China, Montreal, and the Texas-Mexico border, to name just a few. As the studios have transformed from empty white boxes to inspiration-filled tanks, the conversations surrounding the works in production have become equally laden with thought. Since arriving, the artists have organized weekly discussion groups, workshops, and art theory reading sessions. The positivity of group exchange can be felt in the spring air of the studios and subsequently echoes through each of the works produced for the upcoming exhibition. 

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Our cultural understanding is often based on the narrative in which we are told, a narrative that in turn can define an age. But what if we find the narrative that surrounds us does not fit with the way we see the world? Then get off the blue line and head elsewhere! The labyrinthine basement of the Kunstkraftwerk, a brand new venue for Pilotenkueche, will become the stage for the upcoming exhibition. No artworks will hang directly on the old brick walls, yet every corner holds something to be discovered. When stepping into a maze, we don’t reject wrong turns or dead ends, but instead, awaken a sense of curiosity through our disorientation. Each artwork on show offers its own narrative, but only you can define the route in which to find it.

Written by: Clementine Butler-Gallie


Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone 

Vernissage: Sat 18 May 2019, 7PM
Open: Sun 19 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
35mm Filmworkshop with Jos Diegel Sun 19 June  2PM-4PM
Curatorial tour with Clementine Butler-Galle: Sat 1 June 11.30AM-12.30PM
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig