Augmented reality at Gropius Bau: honey drips on the shoe – Culture

I Profaki She didn’t have to travel to start a scholarship at Gropius Bau: the Serbian artist lives in Berlin anyway. Last year she was allowed to see her on her balcony in Prenzlauer Berg as part of “Die Balkone2” – an exhibition held outside only because of Corona and can only be viewed from the street.

A few days ago, she participated as a teacher in the “Forecast 2022”, which invites young artists from all over the world to the Radialsystem to realize future-oriented ideas – a week of intense work that touches their core is just behind her. And yet there is Anna Profaki Insight into their thinking and life, which is always determined by matter. of honey.

Her grandfather inherited her honey

Born near Belgrade in 1976, the artist explains that her grandfather inherited 500 kilos when he died. and Anna Profaki, who had dealt with the subject of bees before, because there had always been a beekeeper in her family, suddenly found herself heavily pregnant with what she assumed was a sweetheart. plenty of honey to work with; For your health as well as for art.

She says he got the infection after that and don’t forget to mention the reason for that. The 1999 NATO bombing of Belgrade rendered its legacy useless. But bees have become an integral part of her art. She loves small animals, finds them sympathetic to the things necessary for survival and learns more and more about their behavior as well as the mythical background.

“Apis Gropius” documents all this as an augmented reality experience in Gropius Bau, where you swing and fly through the lobby – when you walk into the exhibition room with one of the tablets that can be borrowed from the cash desk. Otherwise, the central hall will remain empty, Anna Pravaces The narrative of a swarm that settled in one of the black-clad columns is pure fiction.

But this is inconceivable: after all, the former Kunstgewerbemuseum was in ruins after 1945, slated to be demolished and only surviving through the intervention of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, whose great-uncle built the house around 1880.

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So these bees are coming out of the column in droves. They pollinate flowers that grow from the stone floor, but the tiles actually show floral patterns. In the background, the artist is interested in the clever organizational forms of these insects, their way of life, the architecture, and the existential function of humans. In fact, according to Anna ProfakiBe a host to the people on this planet.

Accordingly, visitors politely move across the room, where at the end of the roughly 20-minute tour, huge honeycombs hang from the roof of Gropius Bau. It drips from them, and the yellow honey remains erect in the parabolic structures. Anna remembers that an acquaintance quickly took off his shoes while walking in the virtual exhibition Profaki – For fear of adhesive mass.

[„Apis Gropius“, Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, Mi–Mo 10–19, Do 10–21 Uhr]

This speaks of the visual persuasion of “Apis Gropius”, according to the artist, the first such work of Gropius Bau. Hard to believe, having displayed contemporary art here for years. However, earlier media artists, such as Philip Barrino or Ed Atkins, mainly provided film material here; Only hypothetical facts are revealed within these works.

She is the first benefactor of digital art

I Profaki The contribution is actually the first, she herself is the first to receive the “Digital Artist-in-Residence” scholarship. Hopefully, the project started by Stephanie Rosenthal, who is still director, will remain in place after her departure in a few weeks. It expands the artistic forms of expression on site with an immersive branch that will become even more important, if not of course, in the future.

“Apis Gropius” can be seen permanently right now, but it’s still creating something. Entry is free, you can enter the lobby without a ticket, just sign up for the tablet at the counter. I Profaki She insists on free access to her art. That’s how she always did, whether it was at the Pompidou Center in 2010 or two years later in Kassel on Documenta 13. In Paris, she had musicians walk the building and do daily vocal exercises; Anna hired in Kassel Profaki The instructors who trained the workers at the Great Fair on literature.

Its art is immaterial, even when complex technology does not play a role. In turn, it leaves an impression, a trace in one’s consciousness that does not go away soon. looks more anna Profaki not intend to. But it isn’t few either. Bees, even if they don’t have a filigree pattern of glass skylights on their wings as in ‘Apis Gropius’, you look at them differently then.

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