Monthly Archives: November 2018

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.

photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Program

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)

Re-View: I Accept the Cookies

I came. I saw. I ate

Thursday 1 November 2018, I Accept the Cookies, the first exhibition of the 37th round of Pilotenkueche opened its doors.  It had taken days to prepare the exhibition space: from painting the wall, to arranging the work, and then finally placing the cookies (as promised in advance) in a highly visible place. 

all photos by PILTOENKUECHE ART PROGRAM

Thanks to the almost sterile environment of Ping Pong, upon arrival people could see how concisely everything was arranged. Using only one stone grey wall for the works of 13 different artists without creating an overwhelming impression certainly isn’t an easy act, especially when the artists had barely known each other only a couple of weeks.

There is an old German proverb that goes, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” In our case it’s cookie dough.. But in the end with the remarkable knowledge and skill of the curator, Vivian Tabach, this cookie could’ve not been tastier.

Although most of the exhibited art was still in progress, as a whole it created a unique finished piece. In a simple, yet experimental way, with each artist participating with their own, personal flare, the installation mirrored the character of Lindenau in which the exhibition took place. Like the neighborhood and exhibition, Pilotenkueche is about people coming together. What matters isn’t the gender, the heritage, the religion etc. – but the common interest for art…and for cookies.

 all photos by PILTOENKUECHE ART PROGRAM

Diversity was also present in the audience, ranging from the artists themselves, former pilots and people from the local art scene to seniors who had read about the vernissage in the local newspaper LVZ – even more interesting since this broadsheet isn’t the exactly known for its affinity for contemporary art.

There was even one guy who just felt so attracted by our well placed bait – the plate of cookies shining at him from behind the glass pane – that he just had to accept them without looking further to see what was going on inside besides them. This was especially relevant as, in some way, it turned the virtual phenomena of just hitting “accept” without even reading the endless terms and conditions into a real thing. Eventually, sedated and with another cookie in his hands he also found interest in the art pieces. He could be found studying very closely the synergy of sketches and paintings, of the installations and leftovers attached to the stone grey wall giving just a hint what might be in the making behind the door of Pilotenkueche studio. He left with flyer in hand.

This was a really nice evening, with happy pilots and many interesting talks, leaving the audience hungry for the next crumbs in the artist’s little journey through the different art spaces of Leipzig. 

After this kick-off and with an even more strengthened bond, our pilots are already preparing their next exhibition: Rutschbahn. Come slide with us into it and see how they progress!

We would like to thank Ping Pong’s gallery owner, Marcel Noack,  for his collaborative spirit!

written by Elias Emtanes


I Accept the Cookies

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 Artist:
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator:
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

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