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The art in art production

Producers of art are not artists, but they make art – to explore this ambivalent notion, Available Works have curated a one night show at the soon to be abandoned studio of the art producers Saygel & Schreiber.

Established in 2005, Saygel and Schreiber is a Berlin based production company primarily working for artist as  producers of art works and projects.  Since then, their office space on Linienstraße has become Berlin’s prime destination for artists seeking materialisation of artistic concepts. Over the past eight years, Saygel and Schreiber have provided their services to artists such as Julieta Aranda, Leonor Antunes, Cosima von Bonin, John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Angela Bulloch, Björn Dahlem, Carsten Höller and Klaus Weber, to name a few.

To mark the closure of their office space on Linienstraße as well as to announce their new office on Wilhelmstraße, Available Works curate a constellation of materials, side products and ephemera which have amassed during their working years on Linienstraße.

New guide on art in public space – #1, “Memory Memorial”, Elmgreen & Dragset, 2009

We are happy to inform you that our guide to art in public space in Berlin is nearing completion. It is designed to lead to the discovery of art the existence of which has hitherto not been given due recognition despite its impact on its surrounding space. The results of our extensive research will be published in printed form in due time, but until then we will post little portions of it every now and then.

We begin with a rather complicated matter, a work situated on Schöneberger Ufer, corner of Köthener Straße (close to Potsdamer Platz). The authorship of this installation, a stainless steel panel with a spotlight attached on top, was never made public, because it comments on a conflict of utmost political explosiveness sparked off by “The Memorial to The Homosexuals persecuted under the National Socialist Regime“ created by the very same artists this work can be ascribed to, the Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

As is common practise in Berlin when it comes to memorials, lengthy discussions spanning several decades had preceded its coming into being, and when it was finally unveiled, it not only didn’t receive the appreciation it deserved, it also enraged representatives of numerous minorities that had also been subject to persecution under the Nazi regime but hadn’t received a memorial yet. Today, the number of groups demanding a memorial exceeds the space capacities of Berlin (which, considering the expanse-inhabitant ratio, is one of the biggest cities in the world).

How to solve this conflict? Think “all in one”. And this is exactly what the memorial presented here is about.

Unfortunately, what was intended as a gesture of conciliation, has become the subject of what no memorial should ever become the subject of: ignorance. The idea to deliberately place it in an area marked by the absence of any form of urban infrastructure such as shops, houses or public transport and therefore void of any pedestrian flow to avoid any form of distraction, has backfired badly. But then, the fact that nobody ever visits it, only highlights the concept of the memorial. An empty panel, with a light not illuminating it but shining away into the sky, it may not display a message, but it contains one, and it reads: go look for the message! It is out there. Somewhere. Everywhere.

The guide to happiness

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Rahmenprogramm press release

Rahmenprogramm Guide

»Petersburg«, April 29, 8   - 12 pm

Showing  the  following  artists  and their  works:

Carla Åhlander, AIDS-3D, Nándor Angstenberger, Marlon de Azambuja, Darcy Bartoletti, Marlous Borm, Giulio Delvé, Etienne Descloux PE-P, Jeremy Everett, Agathe Fleury, France Fiction, Jeanno Gaussi, Isabelle Graeff, Elín Hansdóttir, Sarah Illenberger, Lisa Jugert, Rainer Kamlah, Kinga Kielczynska, John Kleckner, Bo Christian Larsson, Andrea Legiehn, Angela Liosi, Alexander May, Raul de Nieves, Yudi Noor, Despina Stokou, Spencer Sweeney, Maria Taniguchi, Ignacio Uriarte, Voin de Voin, Sinta Werner, Philip Wiegard, Henry Woller, Rommelo Yu, Phillip Zach

Music programme by Charles de Pury, saralunden, Andre Vida