Oliver Held

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Sketch was developed as part of the exhibition “Gothaer Weltmaschine 2” and shown in November 2008 at the Neues Kunstforum Köln. The theme of the exhibition was the space itself and its residents.

20 artists live and work in this space, rent is low and they cannot be evicted - an oasis protected from change. Roland Schappert and I spent several months investigating and questioning the unique situation of these artists. The result: a sound installation from Schappert and a video installation from myself.

I collected some 60 key words from video interviews conducted with the artists about their living / working situation and then let them explain these by acting them out in pantomime, like a game of `charade´. I then edited these into a silent dialogue about the advantages of art production in a protected atmosphere.

More than half of the artists told us that they like the exhibition space the most when it is empty. So, we installed our pieces on the information table at the front door and left the rest of the space empty.