Multimedia installation GESTALTEN consisting of three mirror cubes, reflecting on the idea of national identities and political
Developed as part of the exhibition Mir wëlle bleiwen, wat mir ginn by the Kënschtlerkollektiv at the Luxembourg pavilion of the EXPO2020DUBAI world exhibition in Dubai, UAE.
Dubai 15.01.2022 - 28.01.2022
Concept, artistic direction, project management – Patrick Muller
Music composition and production – Patrick Muller
Exhibit design – Patrick Muller & Sarah Kamender
Exhibit build – Sarah Kamender & oblique.furniture
Musicians – United Instruments of Lucilin
Guy Frisch – percussion
Pascal Meyer – piano
Danielle Hennicot – alto
Max Mausen – clarinette
Pascal Schumacher – vibraphone
Visuals by Pangolin Park, prjktr.
Poems written and spoken by Guy Helminger, James Leader, Jean Bürlesk, Carla Lucarelli, Samuel Hamen, Tom Nisse
Also many thanks to: Adolf el Assal, Jean-Claude Muller, Pol Krier, Matthias Horn, Sandy Muller, Timon Seul, Julie Conrad, Pascal Seul, Michelle Rasic, Florence Martin, Floriane Weber, Maggy Muller, Robin Kamender, Ronia Kamender, Daniel Rupp
Produced by Fonds Culturel National (Luxembourg); Co-produced by Ministère de la Culture (Luxembourg), Trois C-L Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain; with the participation of Centre national de littérature, Centre national de l'audiovisuel
Curated by Kevin Muhlen and Bernard Baumgarten; Artistic coordination by Stella Arieti; Administrative coordination Delphine Patz and Jil Spaus; Technical coordination Leif Heidenreich
The term Gestalt is a topos of German intellectual history which solves the classical problem of the transition from the perceptible world of the outside to the inner world of the imagination as a Gestalt.
Three audiovisual sculptures tell their stories. Visitors are invited to listen to them - just for a moment to escape the flow of information in the pavilion, or for a longer period to be carried away by the stories.
The sculptures, of equal size, are arranged in groups on the floor of the dark room. Their shape is reduced to the point that only a cube remains. Their walls, which are only fragmentarily transparent, reveal inside the representation of a human iris, sometimes more or less clearly, sometimes more or less in abstract form.
Who are these characters and what is their story? Are they creatures of the past, present or future? A representation of strangers? Or representations of ourselves? Is this what Luxembourgers are all about?
Through the only semi-transparent cubes, Gestalten blurs the idea of inside and outside, questions the idea of borders and national identities.
The auditory part of Gestalten consists of a selection of musical poems from Guy Helminger's anthology: the poems were read and recorded by their respective authors. These recordings served as a score for the musicians of United Instruments of Lucilin. The voice and music recordings form the sound component of Gestalten.
MAKING OF documentary of the exhibition 'mir wëlle bleiwen, wat mir ginn', interviews with the artists. check 11:40 - 14:00 for GESTALTEN. Movie produced by Adolf El Assal – Wady Media
Interview with Salomé Jeko for www.culture.lu