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Installation: Lars Preisser »Time of the last wastelands «

Saturday, 13 April 2019 — Saturday, 01 June 2019

Lars Preisser »Time of the last wastelands «

Adress:station urbaner kulturen, Auerbacher Ring 41, 12619 Berlin (Entrance: Kastanienboulevard, next to Lebenshilfe e.V.)
Open: Thu + Sat 15:00-19:00
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Entry: free
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
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Lars Preisser »Time of the last wastelands «

Lars Preisser filmed firewalls and redundant plots of land in Berlin in 2016/17. They have a special meaning for him, as a childhood memory and a significant feature of the rapidly changing city. He sees them as monuments and as nature reserves, very different to the tidy confines of urban green and parks.

The emptiness of wastelands creates an architecture where no rules seem to have been imposed and to which everyone has access. Until they are eventually rebuilt upon, wastelands enjoy an undefined existence and have no prescribed function.

The artist has affected the film sequences by shooting them on discarded 16mm material and by deliberately using defective equipment causing incidental light exposure. The footage reminds us of images of war and post-war, of upheaval and change, of the bygone times of a city in ruins. Whether in the East or the West, divided Berlin’s wastelands are noticeably similar. Passing concrete mixers remind us of the here and now and the transience of porous beauty.

Last autumn, Lars Preisser enlarged six stills from these films for the nGbK's Art in the Underground competition and exhibited them as a sequence on billboards in Alexanderplatz Station. Now an installation of his original film material kicks off the 2019 programme in Hellersdorf, some of which will take place on a large wasteland this summer: on land which once housed a kindergarten and a school and which is now an informal cricket pitch.

nGbK project group ›station urbaner kulturen‹: Feben Amara, Jochen Becker, Fabian Bovens, Eva Hertzsch, Margarete Kiss, Constanze Musterer, Adam Page
With assistance from: Christian Hanussek

Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Lotto-Stiftung Berlin   



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