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02.09. – 30.10.2016

[statement & dialogue I]

Luc Wolff, Patricia Detmering

The Luxemburg artist Luc Wolff has set up a large-scale installation in the minster ruins. The Berlin-based artist Patricia Detmering shows a video installation in the remaining interior spaces of the church, and distorts these spaces to the other side of the world.

Luc Wolff (*1954 in Luxemburg) studied landscape architecture during the 1980s, and later studied art in Berlin. Wolff uses his temporary pieces to examine the borders of established living spaces. He approaches found sites and transforms them in a quiet, unspectacular manner, often using simple everyday means. By subtly highlighting obvious spatial boundaries in the context of functional architecture, Wolff draws attention to what is excluded. Apparently isolated, clearly-defined sites are no longer seen as such. An example of this can be seen in his piece »MAGAZZINO«, which was the Luxemburg entry in the 1997 Venice Biennial. Wolff shows us locations in the process of transforming, places with flexible, porous boundaries, which allow or even generate change. He calls them “building sites”. Wolff has set up one of these building sites in the minster ruins in the form of a monumental decagon (a ten-sided structure) made of scaffolding. His piece formally uses the church apse, reflecting it in space. In his installation Wolff refers to both the architectural particularities of the space and its historic function as a place of worship. The aesthetics of a real building site applied to this remote, enchanted location also draws our attention to the impending construction and renovation work in the surrounding area of the Molkenmarkt and the Nikolaiviertel.

Patricia Detmering (*1980 in Arnstadt/Thüringen) lives and works as a visual artist in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of the Visual Arts in Dresden, including a class with Kerbach, until 2015. Detmering investigates cross-media possibilities of confusing human perception. Her works are founded on the theory that there is no direct access to the essence of things in our sensually perceptible environment, but only to their appearance. Patricia Detmering works with these appearances, breaks them open, illuminates their contexts and connotations and plays them back to the observer. She has developed a video installation for the minster ruins which uses the magic of the remaining interior spaces, not yet open to the public, and which expands and distorts these spaces. In her piece »Antipod« we can see a projection of the sky which, seen from Berlin, is on the other side of the planet. Within the walls of the ruins, Detmering simulates a hole in the floor which suggests the effect of being able to look all the way through the planet to the other side.

Her piece is accompanied by a travel journal on Instagram.

Press file on the exhibits by Patricia Detmering and Luc Wolff