Wenn das Gebäude nicht mehr trägt
When Buildings No Longer Hold
Four-channel audio piece for a performance by remote-controlled architectural models, 15', 2014
A work with Eulàlia Rovira
Photo credits: Adrian Schindler and Eulàlia Rovira
Wenn das Gebäude nicht mehr trägt is a site-specific performance for four architectural models and a public sculpture in the city of Recklinghausen in the former coal mining region of western Germany. Situated on a square at the edge of the medieval centre and in front of an imposing Neo-Renaissance city hall, two oversized naked men and a naked woman are meant to depict ideal citizens. They carry reduced versions of what was, in the nineteen-eighties, to represent the entire city: the city hall itself, a church and a coal mine winding tower. Today they all face the construction site of a gigantic shopping mall.
The three emblematic architectural structures and the commercial newcomer were given voices and the ability to move. Driving around the bronze as if it were a roundabout, they philosophise about their past and present roles as institutions, question their survival strategies and agree that they are not limited to their competing facades: every stone finds an echo in every passer by.
Curated by KunstRepublik for the project Archipel inVest and performed on July 20th, 2014 with Tanja Knaus and Francisco Rozas.