Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7 pm
Artist Talk

With Asta Gröting (artist) and Marius Babias (n.b.k. director)

Astra Gröting’s individual show at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is the artist’s first international exhibition in Berlin and features 15 recent works and thus points to a broad oeuvre. In her sculptures, the most varied materials are used, such as pearls, magnets, bronze, glass, cable, or motors. The work Käfig (Cage, 1995) is a floating cube made of 2,000 pearls, which are hung on nylon threads. In so doing, despite a minimal use of material a large volume emerges. In Einen Funken Leidenschaft (A Spark of Passion, 2008), every few seconds a spark leaps between two cables that are installed in a 1cm large hole in the wall. Gröting’s sculptures combine what is apparently visible and the invisible, and explore human corporeality. 

Terms from Pierre Bourdieu’s
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1984) have been etched into the exhibition space’s black glass façade. They represent various indicators of the life-styles of workers, businessmen, and teachers.

In the filmic block of works
The Inner Voice (1993-2004), Gröting developed a video series with ventriloquists around the world using dialogues written by oneself. The dummy, in dialog with the ventriloquists and the audience, reflects the unsaid, the suppressed as well as the trivial. In the foreground of this series are everyday psycho-social acts as artistic material, contrasting with the materiality of the sculptures.