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Artist Spotlight: Yuuki Horiuchi

Yuuki Horiuchi was born in 1990 in Nara, Japan, and lives and works in Tokyo. During her childhood and teenage years, the artist enjoyed reading comic books and watching movies, and still does up to this day. In Japan, comic books are addressed to all age groups and come in many different formats, such as literature, in the shape of novels, as pornography. They can be sources of entertainment  or an expressive way of narrating historical facts. Also, the comics and animations whose target are teenage females – named ‘Shōjo manga’, after the meaning of ‘young girl’ in Japanese – are deeply related to feminism. The stories and characters in these books are usually influenced by Japan’s social and cultural background, and Yuuki understands them as a result of a big whirlpool of destiny.

The artist sees the moment of becoming conscious about death as turning point in her life. She is familiar with both western and eastern philosophers, recently identifying with Baruch Spinoza’s Sub specie aeternitatis – «an honorific expression describing what is universally and eternally true, without any reference to or dependence upon the temporal portions of reality». Also interested in matters such as time, past and future, the universe’s progression, shamanism and faith, the artist reflects on the circle of life, destiny, coincidence and inevitability. She is aware that human life and the present are fundamentally dependent on external factors, just like the characters in the comic books she reads.

“There was the past, and with it all the past events that happened regardless of my potential choices;  there’s the present, with happenings that are the result of chances and choices of my own;  and there’s the future, which remains an open book of uncertainty regarding what may or may not happen. And for me, this is a reminder that I am a fragment of this world and that most of the things are uncontrolled”, she describes.

For Yuuki Horiuchi, this is the starting point of her understanding of human life and, consequentially, of her production, which is intrinsically visible in most of her past works. More recently, the artist began pondering the relationship between these different life occurrences, their resulting emotional consequences and the way they are visually depicted in most comic books, often recurring to mnemonics.

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Yuuki Horiuchi became fascinated with how incredibly well portrayed the characters’ expressions are – weather expressing happiness, surprise, sadness or anger – and how easily one can comprehend the characters’ emotions before one starts reading the actual story. For the artist, it is possible to illustrate meaning through simple graphics. She is currently exploring the importance of shapes and graphic forms as a direct influence in their narratives, from the pages’ composition to the speech bubbles included in it. The artist investigates the recurring patterns and symbolisms present in comic books and attempts to bring them into her fine art practice.

Instead of reproducing the standard appearance of a comic book – filled with stories, figurative images and flat colours – the artist reproduces solely the layout of the page using both organic and geometric shapes in shades of gray and blue pastels. These resemble translucent spaces entirely devoid of matter, and the speech bubbles particularly allude to the cosmos. The investigation is done through oil painting, although the artist dares to paint as one would with watercolour. This resemblance of the watercolour technique is even more evident in the artist’s paintings on paper, in which the marks dissolve fluently and unpredictably throughout the surface. When working in monochrome, this dissolution can also resemble etching. Yuuki Horiuchi is interested in discovering the different ways of how the audience receives these graphic elements in painting, as more layers are added through the use of brush strokes and fluid mediums.

Yuuki Horiuchi holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Fine Arts in Tokyo University of the Arts, in Japan, and has also completed an exchange programme at Glasgow School of Art, in United Kingdom. The artist has taken part in many artistic residencies, such as The Central Saint Martins’ Associate Studio Programmes (Y-AIR Exchange), in London and Youkobo Art Space (Y-AIR Exchange), in Tokyo, both in 2018. She was awarded a place at the Art Project Ideas 2017 exhibition, in Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, and Video Field was her last solo exhibition, at Youkobo Art Space, in Tokyo.

text by Viviane Tabach and Ines Alberty

You can see Yuuki Horiuchi’s work in the four upcoming shows of round 37.

SPEECH BUBBLE

Finissage: 30.11.18 19h
Location: 
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany
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SPOOR

Vernissage:  14.12.18, 19h
Open:  15 – 20.12.18 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
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In progress: Speech Bubble

Artistic endeavour can develop in a number of ways. However, it often follows a certain pattern. In the beginning one doodles and experiments with materials. Acutely aware of their surroundings, one must be open to experience in order to be inspired. There comes a point where there is something to say. This motivates the artist to use techniques old and new to create.

The artists of the 37th round are ready to talk! Speech Bubble opens Friday 23 Nov at the Alte Handelsschule. The voices of 14 artists join to create a chorus without losing their individuality. The large scale of the shabby chic auditorium has enabled the artists to work larger and the result is breathtaking. There are just a few final touches to make before it’s perfect for you.

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We are pleased to announce that violinist Izabela Kałduńska will perform THE NEW SOLARISM at the vernissage. Although classically trained, in her new solo project she experiments with her instrument to find new ways of creating what she calls “dreamscapes.” Supported by a loop station, she will explore the tension between romance and darkness. 


SPEECH BUBBLE
PK @ Alte Handelsschule

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Vernissage: Fri 23 Nov 2018 7PM
Performance: Fri 23 Nov 2018 8PM
THE NEW SOLARISM by Izabela Kałduńska (Gdańsk, Poland)
violin, loop station

Open: Sat 24 Nov – Thur 29 Nov 1PM – 5PM
Finissage: Fri 30 Nov 7PM

International Artists
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Robert Finn Curry (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Luca Arboccò (Turin, Italy)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)
Yuuki Horiuchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Local Artists
Georg Lisek (Leipzig, Germany)
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Assistants
Elias Emtanes (Leipzig, Germany)
Ines Alberty (London, UK)

Graphic Design
Ines Alberty

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maeshelle west-davies

In progress: Rutschbahn

With much excitement we are happy to announce we are almost ready for tomorrow’s vernissage of Rutschbahn. It’s been a busy week for sure, but preparation has been going on for much longer. I guess you could say that we’ve been preparing all our lives. 

Yes, anyone can learn skills, but few can allow themselves to be open to suggestion and create something from that. It is this gift that the artists of the 37th round have been using to get ready for Rutschbahn (German for playground slide). It is this childlike innocence that they’ve been able to tap into in order to climb the ladder and slide into the unknown.

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Challenged by the curator to interact and engage with  the unique space that Krudebude is, the works are often playful. Alongside that lightness comes precarity. Some in reaction to life experiences and others in response to the fine balance between stability and ruin that the space finds itself in. 

As Nicholas Adamson, one of the artists, so elegantly put it, 

The title ‘Rutschbahn’ invites one to ‘play’, or to return to an innocent state of mind. As artists, we engage in this uninhibited state when we create work. But at the end of the day, we ultimately must return to the so-called ‘real world’. This body of work navigates around these opposing visions to occupy the space in between work and dream, object and figment, and reality and fantasy. 


Rutschbahn // PK @ Krudebude

Vernissage Fri 16 Nov 2018 7PM
Performance Fri 16 Nov 2018 8PM
IT CONCERNS YOU by Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi

Open Sat 17 Nov – Wed 21 Nov 5PM – 8PM
Finissage Thur 22 Nov 2018 7PM

International Artists
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)

Local Artist
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Assistants
Elias Emtanes (Leipzig, Germany)
Ines Alberty (London, UK)

Graphic Design
Elias Emtanes

PK coordinator
maeshelle west-davies

It concerns you: Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi. artists at Pilotenkueche Art Program perform at opening of "Rutschbahn" at Krudebude. 16 Nov 2018

It concerns you: Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi

Today’s culture is youth obsessed. But no matter how much we exercise, no matter how many anti-aging creams or plastic surgeries we have, there is no escaping time. Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi’s collaborative performance, IT CONCERNS YOU, addresses the unavoidable and taboo issue of dependency due to the aging process.

Ponesch portrays an elderly person who has become physically debilitated. Kawaguchi teeters between being mentally incapacitated and being the puppeteer that is time itself. Wearing a protective raincoat, Ponesch finds himself trapped in a box. As he tries to escape, Kawaguchi paints his raincoat and the latex walls of the box as he presses against them. Throughout the performance, elements of physical and psychological deterioration are revealed. Onlookers are invited to engage by responding to unexpected questions. The piece includes painting, video, dance, installation and movement inspired by Noh Theatre. 

  • Noh (能 ), derived from the Sino-Japanese word for “skill” or “talent”, is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century.

This work has an autobiographical nature as Ponesch lost his father to Alzheimer’s last year. Considered a turning point in his career, Ponesch was moved to rethink death as a new beginning. The experience created a new desire for reconnection with his father and with his own inner being. IT CONCERNS YOU  is a reflection on this theme. On a personal level, the performance is a way for Ponesch to bond with his father. On a broader scale, he hopes that sharing it with other people will touch them in some way. Although the work stems from a particular situation, it embraces a common theme that we will all have to deal with at some point. 

 

The piece will be performed at the vernissage of Rutschbahn, the second in a series of four shows featuring the artists of the 37th round at Pilotenkueche Art Program. It was on a visit to Krudebude, where the show will take place, that Ponesch had the idea of making a collaborative performance with fellow artist Kawaguchi. At a first glance,  their work appears to be quite different. A closer look reveals a recurrent common thread: human interaction.

With a history in painting and installation, Reinhold Ponesch has chosen to explore “borders” by using different media whilst at Pilotenkueche. Although academically trained, Ponesch believes the real craft comes from trial and error. In his creative process, he describes two of his production methods: the first one has to do with an idea that is thought out in advance and then implemented directly onto the canvas. The second one is more related to fruition: to unconsciously let strokes and colours lead him to the final oeuvre. The artist also believes that objects can create extensions to his paintings. In his words, installations open a new spectrum of creativity, which sometimes can feel limited by only using paint.

Tamaki Kawaguchi is a painter and performer. Isolation and alienation are the keywords for her work. Wearing white overalls and masks to hide her identity in her performances, Kawaguchi puts herself inside a cubicle, which she often describes as her canvas. Kawaguchi questions the disappearance of the artist behind the work. By revealing the making of it, the production process becomes the final artwork itself. The actions take place in different contexts: parks, art galleries, among crowds or into natural landscapes. In presenting herself as a human being in these environments, Kawaguchi acknowledges her fate to work alone, even when performing communicative art.

In addition to the performance piece, It Concerns You, both Ponesch and Kawaguchi will join other International artists in showing individual works during Rutschbahn. 

written by curator Viviane Tabach


Rutschbahn at Krudebude

Vernissage Fri 16 Nov 2018 7PM
Open Sat 17 Nov – Wed 21 Nov 5PM – 8PM
Finissage Thur 22 Nov 2018 7PM

International Artists

Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci  (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)

Local Artist
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Artist Spotlight: Mihyun Maria Kim

Mihyun Maria Kim is a painter. The idea of the painting itself is meaningful for her because it is both the process and the outcome: it alludes that its end is not necessarily defined. It is through this ambivalence that she also explores the place between the encounter and the separation, the integration and the isolation.

She depicts portraits, figures, faces, whose main theme is the human connection. Maria Kim looks through her personal photos to find randomly captured people. She may not know them, but the fact that they shared the same space and time gives her an entry point to discover a potentially valuable moment. The stories she investigates can be her own – where she draws from memory – or can be a story told to her by her family and friends. From this, Maria Kim connects the past to her current situation, struggle or emotion and reinterprets it in order to dig deeper into the reason she has accessed it.

Photos are the starting point for Maria Kim’s works, but she never looks at them during the process. She let them intermingle with her surroundings, “to be more influenced by information through news, research, writings, books, so that I free the mind and emotions of my own visual world to come alive”, she describes.

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She allows herself to be carried away by her thoughts so that her body moves with a certain weight and energy which can be seen in the brushwork, choice of colors, the size of the work and how controlled the situation is for painting. The dark color palette and the expressive brushstroke are remarkable in her work.

All the subjects and contexts Maria Kim paints relate to who she is as a painter. The figures she paints can be seen as her own representation. Her painting process is her own self-knowledge process. The time of painting is also a time of reflection and the reinvention of a memory. The anonymous character of a possible encounter gains an intimate form, at the same time, the painting seems to be reduced to a non-place and timeless state. Taken to the extreme, it is the creation of a background for new memories.

At the beginning of her career, she was influenced by the Austrian painter Egon Schiele, for his raw lines and use of negative space; the German Expressionists who distort the use of colour, space, and scale; sculptors as Magdalena Abakanowicz with hollow figures and surface texture, and more recently Claudia Alvarez with her rooms of ceramic children and their piles of shoes. Her current influencers are Maja Ruznic, Xin Ye Cheng, Kaye Donachie, Grace Metzier and Genieve Figgis. With her recent move to Edmonton in Canada, she wishes to further understand the rawness and depictions of both Julian Forrest and Kim Dorland.

Since 1998 Mihyun Maria Kim has been selected to several art residencies, such as Can Serrat and AIRGentum, in Spain and CAMAC (Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre), in France. At Pilotenkueche, the artist aims to move on to larger paintings and also to group the smaller paintings for viewing as it has this element of a search for one that one can recognize him/herself in.

text: curator Viviane Tabach


You can see Maria Kim’s work in the four upcoming shows of round 3 7. 

I ACCEPT THE COOKIES 

Vernissage: 01.11.18, 19h
Open: 02.11 – 04.11.18 17-20h
Location: PING PONG, Helmholtzstraße 1, 04177 Leipzig, Germany
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RUTSCHBAHN

Vernissage:  16.11.18, 19h
Open:  17-21.11.18 17 – 20h
Finissage: 22.11.18, 19h
Location: Krudebude, Stannebeinplatz 13, 04347 Leipzig, Germany
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SPEECH BUBBLE

Vernissage:  23.11.18, 19h
Open:  24 – 29.11.18, 17 – 20h
Finissage: 30.11.18 19h
Location: 
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany
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SPOOR

Vernissage:  14.12.18, 19h
Open:  15 – 20.12.18 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
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Artist Spotlight: Chelsea Markuson

 

“Ritual cleanses violence.” On Friday 14 September, Chelsea Markuson performed 000 at the Leipzig Jewish Synagogue Memorial. The memorial stands on the former site of the synagogue that was destroyed on Kristalnacht in 1938. It was a night when shards of glass from broken windows filled German streets. In Leipzig alone, more than 500 men were taken to Buchenwald concentration camp. 

Chelsea’s time in Leipzig has been invaluable. It has helped her reflect on her family history in layers that will surely continue to manifest long after she returns to the States. Reflection is  particularly pertinent this time of year. The days between Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur are dedicated to this practice.

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She chose to do the performance at the time when practicing Jews would have been arriving at the synagogue for shabbat evening services. 

“I found that during my physical actions I was beginning an attempt to channel the energies there at the site. What I found is that there is nothing there. It is a void of nothingness. Sadly I was anticipating the opposite.”

Chelsea will be performing 0000 at the opening of Corporal Temperature at 19.00. It will be interesting to see what energy she channels in a different environment. Will she feel liberated or empty?

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Work in progress: Setup of the Final Exhibition // 21.09.18

After two and a half months of the program, the artists are preparing for the final exhibition in the studio rooms of Pilotenkueche. With the support of the curator, positions are negotiated, new combinations of artworks are discovered, and even walls find new homes as the studio undergoes a metamorphosis in the days leading up to the opening on Friday, which will include work from each of our international residents and local participants, as well as performances from guest artists. 

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“CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 21.09.18, 18h
Open: 22.09 – 25.09.18, 10h-15h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Program: 21.09.2018

18h Opening
19h 0000                  Chelsea Markuson, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
20h Book of Secrets Beate Körner, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
        Strings               Ando Saori, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
21h Rosalind Franklin – Sound Performance
22h+ Aftershow

Artists

International residents
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

Piloten Küche round 36 Vanessa Soli, Curtis Welteroth, Lily Cummins. photo maeshelle west-davies

Re-View: Consultation // 11.09.18

Curator Vanessa Souli selects works for “CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”, round 36 final show. Curating a show is much more than just hanging some pictures. A bad install can ruin the whole thing. Works should engage and empower each other. In order to get a complete picture of the deeper meaning behind each of the artists’ works, Vanessa Souli speaks with each artist individually.  She has also been here throughout the entire round and has been able to witness  how working in a foreign environment with new people has influenced both the work and the artists, themselves.

The Final Exhibition of our residents from the US, Japan, Argentina, UK, Germany, Austria, China, and Taiwan, will present ongoing work after three months spent at the residency. This round of artists had a particular focus on painting, textile art, installation, sculpture, and performance, and one sound artist who also will contribute their work to the program of the Final Show.

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“CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 21.09.18, 18h
Open: 22.09 – 25.09.18, 10h-15h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Program: 21.09.2018

18h Opening
19h 0000
Chelsea Markuson, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
20h Book of Secrets
Beate Körner, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
Strings
Ando Saori, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
21h Rosalind Franklin – Sound Performance
22h+ Aftershow

Artists

International residents
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

The PILOTENKUECHE art program is an independent project, open to artists of all nationalities. The common goal of the final group exhibition leads to intensive dialogue about individual ideas and practices, and binds each artist temporarily into a group, leading to a long term network that exists even after the residency is over.

Re-View: “Architecture of Experience” // 06.05.18

On Thursday, some of our pilots had a joint exhibition at an experimental art space in Lindenau. We had a wonderful time in the show space, featuring paintings, installation and illustration from three of our residents. 

We would like to thank the gallery owner Marcel Noack of Ping-Pong for his collaborative spirit!

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Opening: 06.09.2018, 19h
Open: 06.09.2018, 19-22h; 07.09. – 09.09.18, 17-20h
Location: Ping Pong, Helmholtzstraße 1,
04177 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography; Vienna, Austria)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

Marcel Noack (Gallery Owner; Leipzig, Germany)
Ping Pong

Exhibition Setup PING PONG // Opening 06.09.18

After two months of the program, some of our residents are preparing the second exhibition of the current round. Supported by the curator Vanessa Souli, they are in the phase of completing their individual projects and setting up “Architecture of Experience” in the art space PING PONG.

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‘Architecture of Experience’ is the second show of a selected number of artists, current residents of the 36th round of Pilotenküche Art Program. How does architecture influence our experiences and emotions and how does space facilitate or hinder our lives as human beings and as artists? The exhibition showcases curated works which comment upon the relationship between spatial structures and emotional experiences, either literally or metaphorically.

Opening: 06.09.2018, 19h
Open: 06.09.2018, 19-22h; 07.09. – 09.09.18, 17-20h
Location: Ping Pong, Helmholtzstraße 1,
04177 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)