Schloss RingenbergApril 29 - June 23, 2016
SOLID ENOUGH TO BE INHABITED
Antonia Carrara, Daiga Grantina, Kelly Schacht, Berndnaut Smilde
Why bother with this prose when the castles in the air, shimmering through in a frenzy of speculation, were solid enough to be inhabited? (Siegfried Kracauer)
A castle, a stern monumental structure standing in the midst of a swampy countryside. This seemingly eternal building shaped by the events of past times, the force of the wind or neglectful past owners, has never played a significant historical role since its first stones were laid in the 14th century. Instead of bricks and mortar it is constructed from the vaporous material of fables and myths. These sensations seize the castle’s walls together and fabricate its status as a monument, which embodies a continual expansion of human desires and performance.
Solid Enough to be Inhabited takes those desires, fabulations and projections as a point of departure. Leaving behind the weight of history and flaws of memory, the exhibition proposes the creation of a symbolic space by the imaginary and puts the tension between the solid materiality of the building and its fragile status as a castle in the air into the centre of attention. The participating artists focus on this reality that is constituted from the imaginary, a fantasy that inhabits and transforms our physical world.
Co-curated with Kris Dittel.
Photography: Simon Vogel