Online gallery of the exhibition “Transformation”
April 1 – May 20, 2022
Tom Albrecht (D), STREETWARE saved item (D), Jana Charl (US), María X. Fernández(ES), Mariel Gottwick (D), Stephan Groß (D), Alexa Helbig (D), Maria Korporal (D), Lilia Limiyan and Katherina Sadovsky (RU), Petra Lehnardt-Olm (D), Marina Resende + Graham Livingston (D/US), Jila Svicevic (EST)
Object, wood, waste cardboard, solar panel from advertising, paint, glue, plastic
An extinguished wood fire, oil barrel and a solar panel are arranged rising on a staircase. The work represents the phases of man’s energy extraction from nature. Gone are the pre-industrial times with the open wood fire on the left. We are in the fossil phase in the middle and have to enter the renewable energy production on the right because of the acute climate crisis. We have through our use of fossil fuels, caused a climate crisis that threatens humanity. The transformation consists in replacing the fossil energy production by the regenerative one.
MHLD – Multifunctional Hybrid Laundro Drive (2021)
clothes horse | pram (found items)
STREET-SHOPPING: cruise through the city and find your own unique style. What are you looking for? Berlin’s most sustainable fashion label STREETWARE saved item offers the most diverse range of fashion brands in town! Shopping online with Zalando has long become a thing of the past. Discover tie-neck blouses and tank tops, a baby’s first dress or a pair of oversized baggy jeans in the most urban areas of the city: showcased on the banks of the gutters where public and private spheres seamlessly merge into each other. Join us and manoeuvre the streets with our mobile clothes rack. Find yourself inspired by discarded textiles or empty trouser legs on a journey through the streets of the metropolis. Come along as we wheel our way around the place and enjoy the flow that comes with the circular lifestyle. STREETWARE saved item makes fashion sustainable and accessible. For everyone. For all.
Electric Poweress (2021)
Mixed Media (found object: electric box of metal and wood; gesso; spray & acrylic paint; string; and nuts)
Disturbing the routine creates an opening for new ideas leading to transformation. I view routines as symmetry in patterns and asymmetry as a means of disrupting this order. Reimagining a discarded electric box destined for a landfill, I seek to encourage awareness and rethinking of energy sources.
Book intervened with plaster
A book belonging to a law encyclopedia, with all its complex connotations, transformed into a piece that evokes the grooved drum module of a Roman column. This is reminiscent of the Greek architectural creation which in turn recalls in stone the shaft of the most primitive wooden column. Evolution. The evocation of the fragment of a fossilized tree closes the circle, the paper that forms the book seems to return to the shape of a trunk.
The extinction of the automotive species (2022)
Installation with photographs and printouts of texts
The photographs document how the “decomposing” force of nature affects the extinction of the “automotive species” – an ongoing transformation during which the car transforms into a landscape. On the text panels, the definition of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) for the classification of an automotive species as “extinct” can be read. With a few changes to the original text, made by Mariel Gottwick (indicated by italics), the automobile is elevated to an endangered species. For some people, the thought that individual transport could “die out” may be a greater threat than the idea that biodiversity on our planet could continue to be extremely reduced. For others, however, the prospect of a traffic turnaround that would take care of itself would be a welcome prospect for the future.
Small Is Beautiful (2022)
Collage, print media
The collage combines an image of a festive university event with a photo of a traffic accident. The driver of a van overlooked a height restriction at the entrance to a tunnel. Through the cut, the onlookers leaning over the parapet join the speakers. Titled “Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered,” it refers to an eponymous collection of essays published in 1973 by British economist EF Schumacher that calls for small, appropriate technologies and policies as a superior alternative to the mainstream ethos of “bigger is better”. The blind belief in growth must be transformed, a sensitivity must be developed for measured and adapted solutions, otherwise we could end up like the driver who is denied the tunnel passage.
one thousand mushrooms (2022)
Over millions of years, without oxygen, cut off from the decomposing power of fungi, dead life turned into toxic petroleum. What does not decay becomes poison: physically as well as psychologically. In the old books, the number 1,000 stands for that which is innumerable. Let us countless human beings, with patience and diligence, take on our collective trauma of destruction, and, like mushrooms, transform ourselves back into a fertile existence on this planet.
Experimental video, animated charcoal drawing and digital animation
I stand with my bicycle on our planet, which seems an endless asphalt road. At my feet is Erich Fried’s motto: “Those who want the world to remain as it is, do not want it to remain”. When I start cycling, the earth starts moving and a transformation is triggered. Animated images emerge that suggest alternative energies and evolve into breathing life forms. The world is being revived and the asphalt planet begins to bloom! The term CHANGE can be interpreted here in two meanings: the change in our environment and the change we must undertake to overcome the climate crisis. With this work I am trying to make it clear that we have to set ourselves in motion if we want to change the situation. If we do this by bicycle instead of by car, we are already on the right path.
Video, 3D, CGI, sound
The project consists of six videos with CGI graphics and 3D. Each video is 3 minutes long. These are three screens with different characters who are no longer just people, but people of the future (post human). With the help of CGI graphics and 3D, the characters in the video are equipped with special implants and an additional organ system that allows them to survive in the modern world, where many environmental disasters have occurred, powerful CO2 emissions into the atmosphere have led to global warming, viruses have destroyed an ordinary biological body, and it forced to adapt to modern conditions. 3D organs move and pulsate with the person, responding to his emotional and physical state. Advances in technology and biotechnology have allowed the post-human to survive in the most difficult conditions, revive a deceased organism and grow food using innovative 3D printer technologies.
Netzzeit (2020 )
Photography as pigment print on paper, edition 3
In the limited close-up, an old industrial hall is visually connected to an electric vehicle. It is connected to the power grid. Nature is symbolically “locked out” by the old hall roof. A large empty space that needs to be filled.
Installation (Server, garden beds, electricity meter)
The carbon economy establishes new routes relating economic production to the real cost of altering the biochemical makeup of the environment. In the gallery, a garden binds the CO2 emissions produced by the server. However, capture and emission happen at radically different times. Hosted on the server, tendergarden.io displays a real-time database that logs and calculates the system’s CO2 ledger. In this way, the work materialises the ecological footprint of the digital economy. The project enacts novel relationships between data, currency, carbon, energy, and biochemical labor, at the affective scale, putting to test logics of carbon calculation. Pitching together the asynchronous temporalities of digital, industrial, and ecological production, the work questions the reproduction of financial mechanisms to offset the damage provoked under the same standards of value production.
Green Hearts (2019-2022)
seed bomb made with clay and dirt
The Green Hearts project’s main focus is to bring more attention to our environment, effect positively the ecosystems, promote sustainability and support collective well being. Considering our alienated urban lifestyle, it’s easy to lose our healthy connections with it. Seed bombs are useful tools for improving wildlife habitat and are effective in seed conservation. Saving the genetic diversity of seeds is essential for adaptation to the changing climate and serves the survival of various species, including ourselves. The seed bombs are developed for restoring the human-plant relationship and to bring back valuable knowledge for catalyzing a faster systemic change towards understanding and respecting our biosphere. For necessary socio-cultural transformation a seed bomb workshop will accompany the artwork on 5th April.
Get ass up (2022)
Speech performance with guitar, bird whistles, baking tray, singing bowl and deer antlers. Tom Albrecht: text, voice, sounds and Stephan Groß: guitar. The audience is impressively motivated as a contribution to the transformation of society with suggestions and brisk speech to become active against the climate crisis.