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Leaning out of Windows - Art & Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations

Ingrid Koenig, Randy Lee Cutler

Collaborators: Margit Schild, Elvira Hufschmid, Chris Jones


in Cooperation with

Emily Carr University of Art & Design; Vancouver,

TRIUMF Canadas National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Vancouver,

Fermilab Chicago, Anton Bruckner Universitaet Linz.

funded by SSHRC- the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

»Keeping mum! Chinese Whispers in the office«.

von Margit Schild

Video 16 min, 2009, Hanover, Germany

An artistic transformation process at the

»Department of Environment and Green Areas«

Hanover, Germany in the context of »Mind The Park«

The art project involved the participation of thirty employees of the Fachbereich Umwelt und Stadtgrün [department for environment and green spaces in the city] in a process of artistic transformation. The drawing produced by the head of department in answer to the question: “What is a garden?” was the starting point for the employees of the planning office who individually worked on said drawing before passing it on to the next person. The inspiration for their step of the process each participant in this game took was based entirely on their predecessor’s work. The time limit for the realisation of follow-up associations and assumption was three minutes. Every stage of the process was captured on video in individual frames and eventually worked into a film showing the transformation process in fast motion.

Participants: employees of the department for environment and green spaces in the city, Hanover

Migrating Site 2009

A participatory video film project.

Grant Kunstkommunikation 2009

Kloster Kunsthaus Gravenhorst, Münster/Germany

Elvira Hufschmid, Margit Schild, Antje Havemann

www.wandernder-ort.de (in german)


DA Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst (Pub.): Wandernder Ort, Antje Havemann, Elvira Hufschmid, Margit Schild, Hörstel, 2009

trans.ver 68. A transformation process of artistic works from 1968.

With works by VALIE EXPORT (performance), Sarah Haffner (painting),

Wolfgang Hufschmidt (music), Helke Sander (film), Klaus Staeck (visual arts).

An exhibition project in collaboration with „Art.iS – Kunst im Spreeport,

Berlin“. Exhibition: Sept 11 – Okt 23 2008.

Curated by Julia v. Hasselbach, Elvira Hufschmid and Dr. Margit Schild.

Transformation or conversion processes are basic elements of artistic creation. The translation process from one work to the next is a central moment in a creative process of strategic transformation as new works derive their impetus from the work of a another person. According to this idea the effect of an art work on subsequent artists can be made visible, if artistic transformation is applied as a strategic game.

The concept calls for politically and artistically complete freedom of working. From affirmation to rejection, all reactions are equally welcome. The protagonists enter into a collective creative process and reflect the impact of politically motivated artistic work from 1968, that influenced later generations. Their work discusses the relevance of contents and objectives of this political movement today.

Stille Post! (Broken Telephone!)

11 Disciplines, 22 Weeks, 33 Transformations

An exhibition project in cooperation with University of the Arts Berlin and Karl Hofer Gesellschaft (Karl Hofer Society) Berlin, 2006

»Stille Post!« describes an interdisciplinary art project in which 11 artists and academics from various disciplines engage in a 22 week long process of dialectic response and covert communication. 33 works were created within this communication process wich took place from the 17th to the 25th of June 2006 in the „Neuen Galerie“ of the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Berlin.

The rules and regulations of the game have been translated into an artistic work process. The protagonists left their work to be transformed by the other participants. The principle of tranformation and mutual commentary appeared as a constitutive technique for generating the »new«. »Stille Post!« has proved to be a form of search and invention, which unfolds in a process of answering to each other.