Christine Hoffmann ‘Brave new world‘ mixed media installation, Herford 2017
The installation ‘Brave new world‘ was shown in September 2017 at art space ‘Kiosk24’ in Herford/ Germany. Christine Hoffmann´s work was inspired by the book ‘Artistic and Scientific Taxidermy‘ from The LFTT Library.
Artificial zoomorphic creatures seem to grow in a research laboratory. Small animals crawl towards all five edges of the room, showing synchronized behaviour. They are connected with veins or ventilation tubes and filled with green nutrient solution. Clones are stored in regales of glass and breeded by red heaters. Large drawings describe a plan for the genetic recombination of hybrid beings.
The title ‘Brave new world‘ aims at the dystopic novel of Aldous Huxley. The installation is a warning against the manipulation of nature by man. In correspondence with the Fransiscan idea, it´s a call for a more conscious interaction with nature.
The vernissage started with an artists talk between Susanne Albrecht, Angelika Höger and Christine Hoffmann – and ended with an eat-art-initiative ‘eat your monster’ – a transformation of energy.
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Michael Hellwig is the coordinator of the Rumpelstilzchen Literaturprojekt in Enger. He is also a practising artist concerned with questions of translation and visibility in visual communication and writing systems. At The Gerberei Museum in Enger in he made a new work especially for The LFTT which involved translating one of the poets texts from german to gaeilic, and then from latin script to braille. Braille involves the user reading by feeling the surface of the page rather than through visual recognition. For those without sight it provides access to written text through a tactile connection to it. For those without knowledge of braille it’s marks are abstract and enigmatic traces of communication. An implicit pattern can be observed, felt and appreciated, even if we lack understanding of its content.
On September 23rd, 2017 the LFTT Library will take part in an event at The Gerberei Museum in Enger with the Rumpelstilzchen-Literatur Projekt as part of the Westfalen Literaturland ‘Hier!’ Festival. The event will be the culmination of a year long collaboration with the Rumpelstilzchen-Literaturprojekt, an experimental poetry project led by artist Michael Hellwig at the Widukind Gymnasium in Enger. Poets Milena Evering, Anna Paszehr, Vanessa Schwarkow and Rabea Jasmin Usling have composed poems using books from The LFTT Library. For the event at the Gerberei Museum artists Angelika Höger (DE), Helen Horgan (IRL), Aga Tamiola (PL) and Annemarie Deacy (IRL) will host a performance of sound, image and text, re-presenting the poems in a live multimedia setting. This event is part of the literaturland westfalen ‘Hier!‘ festival in the context of the exhibition “Das Word wird Bild” (The Word becomes Image) by Ulrike Schönfelder-Hellwig, Siegfried Baron und Michael Hellwig.
For more information and to read the poems visit the designated project blog at www.lfttrlp.wordpress.com
This gallery contains 12 photos.
In June 2016 there was a group exhibition of work at Brackwede District Library, NRW, Germany. The show developed out of the LFTT Libraries ongoing residency at Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld under the care of Angelika Höger. Artist and Illustrator Vera Brüggeman chose a bi-lingual gaelic-english book on Irish language composition to respond to with witty …
In November 2015 German artist Angelika Höger, who is currently overseeing a selection of the library at her studios at Artists Unlimited in Bielefeld, visited Cork for a solo show at the Sirius Arts Centre. While in Ireland herself and Helen Horgan presented some short films at The Guesthouse from their ongoing collaboration.
The image above shows a still from ‘Dunkirk'(left) a two-channel film piece Horgan made en route to Bielefeld. Below film maker Matthias Müller is pictured leafing through ‘The Art of Amusing‘ by Frank Bellow and John Grant (1890) (BLF203); a popular title with the Bielefeld artists who have formed a group to work with the book. This is one of a number of regular groups now meeting in The LFTT Library at Angelikas studio in Germany to work with the curated section of the library that remains there until spring 2017.