Honey-Suckle Company, Tarot, 2005,
© Kunsthalle Basel, 2006
Press release: Honey Honey-Suckle Company – non est hic
In cooperation with Konrad Sprenger
April 2 – May 28, 2006
Press conference: Friday, March 31, 2006, 10am
Opening: Saturday, April 1, 2006, 7pm
In the Oberlichtsaal at the Kunsthalle Basel the Berlin-based artist group the Honey-Suckle Company will show their new installation "non est hic". Honey-Suckle is one of 38 flower remedies used in Bach Flower Therapy. It helps people to learn from the past in order to get a new perspective on the future. The members of the HSC met in 1995 in Berlin, where they live and work today. Based on their shared need to find new ways forward in the Berlin of the 1990s, they developed collective actions, projects, concerts and self-organised venues (Neue Dokumente, Allergie Raum, Galerie berlintokio, a. o.). Much in the spirit of an avant-garde production team, and adopting the path of many artistic or spiritual communities of the last two centuries, the HSC developed their own style, clothes and music. At the time, they have succeeded in keeping control of the distribution and mediation of their own work, while operating stealthily on the fringes of the art-world, or just outside it.
The projects by the Honey-Suckle Company hover between installation, anti-fashion, new music, photography, video and dance performance. Each of the members is specialised in a different domain, and the sum of the different abilities results in works based on refusal of individual authorship. The HSC samples Bauhaus and the Russian avant-garde, recreates the instruments of medieval wandering musicians, and plots references to the Lebensreform movement of the 19th century. These appropriated aesthetics are given parts in associative installations, which aim at producing a totality of experience for the viewer.
The HSC HSC's new installation "non est hic" will pursue the idea of a borderless and indefinite reality as in the installations "Ohn End" (2005, Cubitt Gallery, London) and "Eswerde" (2003, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart), using light, sound, sculptural pieces and architecture made of second-hand material and dyed silk. Otherworldly, extra-sensual and yet real, "it is not here", and yet is fully "hic et nunc", here and now.
The Honey Honey-Suckle Company Company, who celebrated their 10-year jubilee in 2005, are: N. Pleasure, Simone Gilges, Petr S. Kisur, Nico Ihlein, Zille Homma Hamid, Friedrich M. Lloch. Since 2001 the projects of the HSC have been realised in collaboration with the musician Konrad Sprenger.
A record, titled "non est hit", accompanied by a booklet, will be published for the exhibition, in which for the first time music productions of former projects of the HSC as well as the soundtrack of the new show will be included.
The exhibition is supported by: Martin Hatebur
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