Mittwoch, 03. April 2013
Juryprice 2013 of the Berliner Kunstverein for 'Critical Mass, Money and Energy' by Sophia Hirsch and Johannes Mundinger
The Berliner Kunstverein
started an open call on the subject ‘Critical Mass, Money and Energy’, as part of a cooperation ‘Critical Mass’ between Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Kunsthalle Ahlen and Münster, Fritz Winter Haus, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Kloster Gravenhorst and Galerie Münsterland. The aim was to support significant works of current art or production; works that seem to be qualified to push - viral or post neutral - the increase of a critical mass in terms of art and life.
"10 hamsters running in 10 little wheels, producing sweet, ecofriendly and healthy energy to run a 1120x160mm LED display displaying anti capitalistic slogans. Through its energygeneration this demo kit engages people of all ages and sensibilities. In this case, supporting a critique of capitalism." was the concept Sophia Hirsch
and i sent for the open call of the Berliner Kunstverein.
The jury honored us with the first prize - the second went to Gisa Pantel und Katja Kottmann.
So we lucky winners had to realize the concept. Collecting hamsters from people that wanted to get rid of them, screw dynamos to the hamster wheels for the energy production and prepare the exhibition. On the display we were showing a quote by Karl Marx: 'alle Verhältnisse umzuwerfen, in denen der Mensch ein erniedrigtes, ein geknechtetes, ein verlassenes, ein verächtliches Wesen ist.'
After one week of exhibition (we only opened in the evening because hamsters are nocturnal animals) the hamsters were given to a hamster society that takes care for hamsters in needs.