08 Oct 2018–02 Nov 2018

Disruptions, Interruptions, Misruptions

  • Korpys/Loeffler
  • Annette Wehrmann
  • Wermke/Leinkauf
  • Project Location
  • City Center, Skyway Level
  • 40 South 7th Street, Suite 208
  • Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • Info

“You can think of history horizontally; but in fact it’s a pile.” (Thomas Heise)

The film series “Disruptions, Interruptions, Misruptions” launches the program of the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways. It presents four films by both East and West German artists and filmmakers that all reflect the program’s approach and thematic interests alluding to the upcoming artistic actions, interventions, and performances that will take place from November 2018 through September 2019 in and around the Goethe in the Skyways space within the City Center.

Whereas Annette Wehrmann’s poetic but simultaneously fairly aggressive photo series “Blumensprengungen” (1992-95) refers to and openly critiques the increasing phenomenon of privatization and commercialization of public space in Hamburg, Wermke/Leinkauf’s “Grenzgänger” (2006) documents the early morning crossing from the Eastern to the Western bank of the Spree river of a person at the exact spot where until 1989 the inner-German border existed.

Korpys/Löffler’s trilogy “World Trade Center, the United Nations, and the Pentagon” (1996/2018) shows the everyday comings and goings of the employees of three New York City sites, in which the strings of political, financial, and military power are being pulled on a global scale. Two of these three locations became the target of serious terrorist attacks only a few years later.

  • Info

“You can think of history horizontally; but in fact it’s a pile.” (Thomas Heise)

The film series “Disruptions, Interruptions, Misruptions” launches the program of the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways. It presents four films by both East and West German artists and filmmakers that all reflect the program’s approach and thematic interests alluding to the upcoming artistic actions, interventions, and performances that will take place from November 2018 through September 2019 in and around the Goethe in the Skyways space within the City Center.

Whereas Annette Wehrmann’s poetic but simultaneously fairly aggressive photo series “Blumensprengungen” (1992-95) refers to and openly critiques the increasing phenomenon of privatization and commercialization of public space in Hamburg, Wermke/Leinkauf’s “Grenzgänger” (2006) documents the early morning crossing from the Eastern to the Western bank of the Spree river of a person at the exact spot where until 1989 the inner-German border existed.

Korpys/Löffler’s trilogy “World Trade Center, the United Nations, and the Pentagon” (1996/2018) shows the everyday comings and goings of the employees of three New York City sites, in which the strings of political, financial, and military power are being pulled on a global scale. Two of these three locations became the target of serious terrorist attacks only a few years later.

Artist Bios Related Events

Korpys/Loeffler

In their artistic-documentary projects the duo Korpys/Löffler (Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler) use the methods of the modern surveillance state and reflect it back onto the state itself, focusing on its mechanisms and structures of power represented by institutions like the UN, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the BND (Federal Intelligence Service), the European Central Bank, prisons, or the police.

Despite these highly charged subject matters, their films remain non-judgmental and objective and don’t engage in investigative journalism. Instead, the aesthetics of peripheral events, secondary characters, and details are their focus of attention.

Recent exhibitions include: Personen Institutionen Objekte Sachen, Kunstverein Braunschweig (2018), Hartware Medienkunstverein Dortmund (2018), Kunsthalle Tübingen (2017); Images of Surveillance, Goethe Institut New York (2016); L’image Volée, Fondazione Prada, Milano (2016); and the IX. Berlin Biennale amongst many others.

Annette Wehrmann

Annette Wehrmann (1961–2010) employed strategies of self-organization to develop a highly individual artistic stance – located somewhere between sculpture and intervention ­– that drew upon methods of conceptual and action art as well as the language of the Situationist International. Using ephemeral and cheap materials, she produced objects that explore critical tensions around major socio-political issues, dealing with topics such as money, religion, the brain, thinking, the city, the state, television and language.

The “Blumensprengungen” (Flower Blasts), which took place as actions in public space in Hamburg, are among her most famous works. Her photo series for this project is not only a documentation, but at the same time forms her own work complex.

Wermke/Leinkauf

The Berlin-based artist duo Wermke/Leinkauf (Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf) explores the boundaries of the public sphere to question common standards and constraints and the boundaries between public and private. They work on actions, performances, and installations dealing with the hidden possibilities of a city. Their main interest lies in the appropriation and conquest of architecture and, more generally, urban space, especially the open spaces and gaps in the system, which in their eyes are crucial for our contemporary society. Using artistic strategies, they create temporary irritations that allow new perspectives on everyday situations and try to “open” the city by using not only their bodies but the material and the tools of urban spaces to create a context-specific commentary.

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08 Oct–12 Oct
10 am – 6 pm daily
projection

Annette Wehrmann
Blumensprengungen (1992-95)
15 Oct–19 Oct
10 am – 6 pm daily
projection

Wermke/Leinkauf
Grenzgänger (2006)
22 Oct–26 Oct
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