Installation – Anke Eckardt

Nov 2013  

Presentation of a Prototype of
GROUND – Multisensory Installation from Anke Eckardt (2013)

Vernissage: Friday 29th November 2013 at 7pm
Opening hours: Saturday 30th / Sunday 1st of December 2013 from 4pm-8pm & Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th of December 2013 from 4pm-8pm

Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin
The presentation takes place in cooperation with GENERAL PUBLIC IN EXILE

The GROUND is in motion. Thus it will move the visitors which stand on it. The motion of the ground can be felt via the equilibrium sense (sense of balance), can be seen and can be heard. The grinding, sanding, pushing, bouncing, vibrating, creaking of the mechanically moved material will produce a varity of tonal qualities with diverse roughness and awakes associations of earth quakes, tectonical plates in motion, but also of the diffuse experience of loosing the ground. In 1934 Husserl wrote about the ground as reference for the perception of space and the perception of self, ‘Now, when I “conceive” the earth as a moved body, I use a ground to which all experience of bodies, and hence all experience of continuing to be at rest and in motion, is related.’ (Husserl, 1934). Vilem Flusser as an emigrated jew wrote about a hovering self over the abysm in his auto-biography ‘Bodenlos’ (‘Groundless’). In his book ‘Vampyrotheutis Infernalis’ Flusser analyses the floating ‘otherness’ of a huge octopus in the deep sea and draws a line to the psychology of human beings.

Concept/Realisation/Composition: Anke Eckardt
Construction: hertzer GmbH, Berlin
Thanks to: Marcus Schmickler
Co-funded by BA Pankow von Berlin – Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur, Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur and Einstein Foundation Berlin, realized with the support of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences.

reduced fragment, size: 10,5m2 vertically moved
42 elements of concrete
42 elements for vertically pushing impulses

Final Installation (January 2014):
size: 30m2, vertically and partly horizontally moved
84 elements of concrete
72 channels of vertically pushing impulses
6 rows of horizontal motion