For the next three months, the art exhibition “The mess yet to come” can be admired in the art and trade association Regensburg’s exhibition area. Multiple installations display ghost images and scenarios.
From 29 April to 24 July, you can see the art exhibition “The mess yet to come” on Ludwigstrasse 6 in Regensburg, Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 18.00. The award-winning artists Felix Burger, Matthias Böhler and Christian Orendt created four large multimedia installations.
A manifesto on the human pursuit of power and achievement
The three artists stage an expansive meta-installation consisting of several modified or newly created installations across the entire exhibition area of the Regensburg Art and Trade Association. In this setting, the effects of human pursuit of power and achievement manifest themselves in a comic-dystopian futuristic pandemonium of ghostly images and scenes.
The focus is on people and their way of thinking
The concept for the exhibition, which was specially tailored for the art and industry association’s premises, was created in close collaboration between the three artists and is based on their joint project “A mess Carol, as told by a candid mirror” from 2013/2020, both thematically and atmospheric. The basic theme of the exhibition revolves around the question of what happens when people think they can control the world in a sensible way and then absolutely fail in their actions.
First installation exhibition
With this exhibition format, Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Regensburg eV breaks new ground in its more than 175-year history. For the first time, the Regensburg Arts and Crafts Association has commissioned the development and realization of a concept exhibition consisting only of installations. At the same time, the Craftsmen’s Association also honors three young artists who, in the ten years that have passed since their studies, have taken up social conditions with great innovative strength and with great success, and who have used all artistic means in their artistic work.
Each installation speaks for itself
- In the installation “Old habits die hard”, a large number of humanoid dolls in silver overalls are exposed to technoid devices. Four screens behind them give these dolls voices and turn them into whining individuals who graphically depict their personal ailments such as fear, loneliness and sexual dysfunction.
- In contrast, the installation “Don’t be maybe” shows headless dolls in silver suits in a stylized gym. Short video sequences on tablet screens explain the various physical exercises that the characters simulate. The characters are moved and controlled by rebuilt sex machines. A video can also be seen on a large screen behind, where two fighters try to injure each other between the legs. The mirrored walls also make the viewers themselves part of the ensemble.
- The performative installation “Überung” is an ongoing series based on the fiction of a secret society, whose members are fully committed to the idea of exponential growth. The figures use colorful craft materials to create a constantly growing number of colorful idols, whose shape resembles an exponential growth curve, the ideal of their capitalist relationship with the world.
- The title of the exhibition refers to the last installation in the exhibition “A mess Carol, as told by a candid mirror”. In this work, a necromancy is staged in a dark room using a seemingly improvised technical construction. In a “summoning circle”, one in three ghosts appears in a mirror every four minutes. In rhythmic litany, the three creatures blame the visitors of the exhibition for the mistakes people have made about the state of the world. The statements keep escalating to assume completely absurd dimensions like “The mess yet to come” (the chaos yet to come) in the litany of the third spirit.
About the artists
Felix Burger, born in Munich in 1982, studied visual arts in Munich, Vienna and Cologne. He was a fellow at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York and at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
Matthew Boehlerborn in Aachen in 1981, and Christian Orendt, born in Sighisoara (Romania) in 1980, has worked together since 2008. They studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Böhler) and at the HGB in Leipzig (Orendt). They received the Bavarian Art Promotion Prize and the work grant from the Kunstfonds Foundation.
About the Craftsmen’s Association
As one of the oldest art associations in Germany, founded in 1838, it has always been committed to the original goal of its statutes, the promotion and dissemination of visual art and applied art. Of course, his self-image has changed over this long period of time. The art and trade association Regensburg sees itself today as a place where one can convey current developments in visual art and applied art in their various forms. The exhibition program with about 6 to 7 exhibitions a year shows a clear profile and includes, in collaboration with institutions in the urban cultural community, the presentation of new positions in contemporary art in addition to various thematic and individual exhibitions.
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