Alekos Hofstetter & Florian Göpfert, Tannhäuser Tor, 2012 Gouache, 72 x 73 cm, Courtesy Laura Mars Grp.
For many years I kept having the same, ever recurrent dream. I jogged on a path through a forest towards a hill. On its crest there stood by itself a large arched gateway I had built. I stepped through the arch and suddenly saw that the path I had arrived on had disappeared. In its place now there was forest; forest everywhere. It was a fantastic feeling seeing my gateway now totally free-standing. (1)
With the exhibition Tannhäuser Tor Laura Mars Grp. presents new works by Lukas Feireiss, Alekos Hofstetter and Florian Göpfert. In entirely distinct ways the three artists deal with the fictional locale of Tannhäuser Tor.
Starting in 2012, Alekos Hofstetter and Florian Göpfert are engaged in their project "Tannhäuser Tor" on architectural Modernism and its disappearance from our environment and public consciousness. With that disappearance its once utopian promise is dissolving, too. Hofstetter and Göpfert collaborate to construct in their mutual drawings and paintings architecture and landscapes. And it is this construction of a utopian context, a Neue Heimat , which reveals our society's distance to architectural Modernism. The architecture shown to us by Alekos Hofstetter and Florian Göpfert is freed from any functionality and seems to be viable only at a remote distance.
Lukas Feireiss, on the other hand, in his collage-like-assembled textual and visual works turns to the traditional folk ballad of "Tannhäuser" as well as elements of cyberpunk, yet also reflects essentially on the gate, or door, respectively, as an architectural guiding medium processing the unity of difference between inside and outside. Feireiss's works thus result in an excerpt-like associative synopsis of greatly differing content-related positions and references from intellectual and cultural history.
Distance is the opposite of nearness. The essentially distant is the inapproachable. Indeed inapproachability is a main characteristic of the cult image. By its very nature it remains "distant no matter how near it is". Whatever nearness may be gained from its material never diminishes the distance it retains after its appearance. (2)
(1) cf. Goldfinger, Erno": 1951 in an interview with members of MARS Group conducted during the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM VIII, Hoddesdon, England). Published in: Gold, John Robert, The Modern Architectural Research (MARS) Group 1933-1957, Vance Bibliographies, 1987
(2) cf. Benjamin, Walter, Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit, in: Gesammelte Schriften - Band I, Teil 2: Abhandlungen, Suhrkamp, 1980
Lukas Feireiss (*1977, Berlin) works as an artist, curator and author in the international mediation of visual art and urban culture beyond disciplinary borders. Feireiss taught at different nationally and internationally universities.
Florian Göpfert (*1984 in Dresden, lives and works in Dresden), media artist. 2008 - 2010 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. Since 2006 many projects together with artist group BEWEGUNG NURR and involvement in the Berlin based artist initiative S-FOR. Since 2011 Florian Göpfert and Alekos Hofstetter focuses in their drawings, paintings and animations on different subjects in the field of architecture.
Alekos Hofstetter (*1967 in Bonn, grown up in Bonn, Brussels, Bangkok. Lives and works since 1996 in Berlin), painter and draftsman. 1987 - 1989 studies of philosophy at the Rhineland Friedrich Wilhelm University, Bonn. 1989 initiator of the artist group BEWEGUNG NURR in Dresden. 1993 - 2010 Grants by Foundation Kulturfonds, Berlin; by Foundation F.AIM, Den Haag; by Else Heiliger Fonds, Berlin; by Foundation Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr, Elba/ I and artist house Lukas, Ahrenshoop.
Wolfgang Kil (*1948 in Berlin) is architecture critic and journalist in Berlin.
We wish to express our sincere thanks for the support to Dr. Daniel H. Wild, Boris Abel and Robert Sokol.
Opening: Friday, August 30, 2013, 8 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 8 p.m.
Wolfgang Kil – Imagination as subversion. Notes regarding Modernism in the ghost train