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Cevdet Erek, Saskia Groneberg, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkácová, Johan Thom

Kurator: Nico Anklam

09.11.2013 - 01.12.2013


Büroarbeit takes the exhibition venue - a former shop now used as an office and exhibition site - as a starting point. The four works on view relate to aesthetic, social and political dimensions of the office space as such and the labor therein.

The artist duo Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová (Prague/Berlin) shows its work All periods in Capital (2007). In a white plastic bag one finds 22,591 clay globules. Each one was hand made by the artists for every period - the full stop punctuation mark - in Karl Marx's Das Kapital. In doing so, the artists not only produce a physical, hand made product, they also perform manually the very alienation of mass production that Marx denounced with every 'point' they make.

The office as an aesthetic experience resonates in such tools as staplers, pencils and folders, and also in Istanbul based Cevdet Erek's rulers. One of Erek's plastic rulers shows only two marks though: to the very left "0", to the very right "now" (2011). They become false twins of the objects we are used to: their scaling does not measure a distance of space by reproducing a spatial object, but rather they are spatial objects that pretend to measure time - through space.

Saskia Groneberg's research project Büropflanzen (2012) is concerned with the plants in offices. A common element of many office spaces is the potted plants, which seem to encompass many functions: from sheer agents to enrich the color palette in rather sterile settings to infiltrations of wilderness in a space that is connoted with regulations and standardizations. Groneberg's photographic images of specimens are colored scans from the flora she found in various office locations.

With Johan Thom's single channel video Pencil Test (2003), the office stands for a site of institutional power. His video shows a face covered by pencils that are held by a white hair net. Thom's video relates to an absurd decision making process from Apartheid times when people of mixed background were classified at the state office. "It was thought, that if the pencil remained stuck in ones hair, you were 'black'" states Thom. Here the office becomes a metaphor for a site of decision-making processes that - despite their gravity - are often invisible or behind the scenes.

The exhibition Büroarbeit at YEARS amplifies encounters that are associated with the office as a space of experience and the labor in it. It equips the office with something witty and yet disturbing as well.

A publication with texts and installations shots will be presented on Nov 30, the last weekend of the running time, followed by a walk through of the exhibition by curator Nico Anklam.

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