June 13 – July 27, 2014
EXHIBITIONS – UNLIKE SCENES
Until Sunday, July 27, the Akademie shows the exhibitions of Bernd Behr, Katarina Burin and Thiago Granato themed Unlike Scenes.
Akeley in the Elephant Skull
A constellation of works in photography and film by Bernd Behr delve into the provenance of sprayed concrete, a material history reaching back to the proto-photography of natural habitat dioramas and the pioneering taxidermist Carl E. Akeley (1864-1926). The foundational myth of sprayed concrete narrates its invention alongside the preparation of a pair of African elephants by Akeley while working at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in 1907. Besides his groundbreaking contribution to modern dermoplastics, Akeley also patented a novel 35mm film camera, leading Behr to enter this particular historical juncture between film and concrete to consider an afterlife for indexicality by speculating on sprayed concrete as a form of photographic emulsion.
Section A Life’s Work
With drawings, objects and photo documentation, Katarina Burin shows fragments of her ongoing project involving the life’s work of architect Petra Andrejova-Molnár. In generating and exhibiting Molnár’s work, Burin inserts her into and concurrently unpacks the established canon of architectural record—lending voice to female designers, while exploring historiographical authority, destabilizing conventional scholarship, an creating a space of play around the mythos of »the architect.«
Leo Nabuco & Thiago Granato
Movimento Residual (2005–2014)
Through a process of analog editing, the video installation Movimento Residual prints in the retina of its viewer a continuous process of appearance and disappearance of bodies in constant motion. A fragmented choreography of traces drawn in a suspended space in which the imagination is triggered to create possible continuities in a nonstop vertigo state.
WITH A PERFORMANCE BY CARA BENEDETTO ON THE OPENING EVENING
Promoting a romance novel that may or may not exist, Benedetto has created press releases, a teaser trailer, wiki page, and countless tare sheets from the book to highlight how value is created around the popular genre that embodies anticipation, longing and love. Against cultural constructions based on phallocentric climax and other goal oriented structures, Benedetto dismantles romance through affairs that come early and often, and disappoint just as readily.
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10–12 am & 14–16 pm, Sat–Sun 12–17 pm