Greif & Hennig
„The spectacle is not a whole of images, rather than a social relation between persons mediated through images… To be recognized by its totality, the spectacle is at the same time the result and the ambition of the existing method of production…”
(free translation: Guy Debord, Gesellschaft des Spektakels, Tiamat Berlin, 1996)
The present is a paradox and history is written by models of repetitions. Destruction and recreation, appropriation and occupation or the abolishing of the past, all of these lay at close quarters.. The new grows out of the dense mist of the past but at the same time it functions as a mirror reflecting its own history. Besides to this join the requirements to the individual in the social context in terms of mass media, mania of knowledge and flexibility. Being flexible ad nauseam!- Who is not able to match this, breaks down- or breaks out to revolt.
The Leipzig artistduo Greif & Hennig (b. in 1976 and 1978) conceptualized a multi-part installation visualizing the artists’ masterplan for the constructors of barricades, even for those hoodlums who fail on the state. The barricades are prototypes printed on millimetre paper after being rendered on the computer based on disposable materials in urban space like shopping carts, police barriers and euro-pallets. Aside a computer monitor presents a web project referring to media archives listing a choice of historical and recent riots.
The guideline of the concept of the show is a former work of the artist duo based on a chain of campaigns entitled “Theory and Practice” which refers to the strategies of Appropriation Art. Greif & Hennig converted tabletops into demonstration boards to stage in a selfreflecting way the ideal and the failure of the artist’s image between idea and its realization. Sometimes former intentions never worked out or have been forgotton why Greif & Hennig take their chance to approach anew. So they re-construct the table as the source of their boards to claim: da capo! Because the act of failure not only accommodates the possibility of repetition and over-working, but also the possibility of knowledge.
The title of the show “A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating” citates the wellknown spoke of cinematic final credits dealing with the principle of repetition as a task of of job- creation measure as well as with the logo of the media group giant UNIVERSAL as an example for capitalistic monopolization of markets for creative products. In the context of this sytem the artist is able to participate as an universal construct (cp. Timm Ullrich´s Totalkünstler).
The main exhibition room got misappropriated by the neon Universal- logo whose original right side is transformed into a European instead of the American outline. By this reverse of the familiar topographic reference points the artist duo Greif & Hennig asks the recipient to rethink spatial and temporal constants of pretended requirements as well as generelizations of cultural values. Nevertheless the discrepance concerning the role and function of the United States is shown in the form of a star- splanged banner which immovably got fixed on the wall. Neither pulling nor drafting helps because its claim is universal in “theory and practise”.
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