Art Forum Berlin, 2004
It’s a strange-looking quote by Willy Brandt, emblazoned meter-high and -wide on the mezzanine floor of Berlin’s BER airport: “If I were to say what is most important to me next to peace, my answer would be: freedom.“ The European history of freedom from the 15th century to the present day is a fundamental leitmotif in my work. The Haus am Lützowplatz, established by Willy Brandt, offers me the opportunity to ask questions about the impact of freedom, so tenuous, now. (ZIERVOGEL)
The artist has conceived new, site-specific works in response to the institution’s architectural conditions and history, which, when combined with older works, transform the Haus am Lützowplatz into an expansive installation. The exhibition will feature a three-part self-portrait: Parcours – as if, 2023 / Das Erste, 2000 and D:N:A (Der Kaktus hat recht: Nec spe nec metu: Archivieren aller Arbeiten) -Portrait, 2022-2023 / Südjapanisches Selbstportrait, 2023.
Exactly in 1500, Albrecht Dürer in his painting Selbstbildnis im Pelzrock, idealized and individualized (signature). Through this filtered selfie, he virtually emancipated the fine arts from pure craftsmanship: We are on the verge of creating a real AI (Fake It Till You Make It) that will completely change the self-image in the mirror of artistic activity. Machine learning currently still uses the superimposition of countless photos to produce its own images – but computer technology will very soon be much more cross-creative and powerful to completely cover artistic expression (for humans) and in the process make it obsolete.
ZIERVOGEL’s works in the exhibition Wir sollen wie Hunde sein is not meant to be a cry for help or a fortress for the analog and the controlled digital – but an unabashed push towards inevitable development in focus of man’s artistic activity in the 21st century.
Opening: Thursday, March 30, 2023, 7 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 4 p.m.
Exhibition Talks: Dr. Marc Wellmann in dialogue with Dr. Harald Falckenberg, Saturday, April 22, 2023, 4 p.m.
and Marlene A. Schenk, Thursday, May 11, 2023, 7 p.m.
Haus am Lützowplatz
Fördererkreis Kulturzentrum Berlin e.V.