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Group show: Pop! goes the weasel (over)

15 February 2008 until 6 April 2008
  Pop! goes the weasel
Scott King Stalky, 2005, Fotokopien, diverse Grössen
  Badischer Kunstverein

Badischer Kunstverein
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76133 Karlsruhe
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15 February - 06 April 2008
Opening: 14 February, 7 p.m.
Pop! goes the weasel

Saâdane Afif, Tobias Bernstrup, Johanna Billing, Johannes Buss, Tony Cokes, Discoteca Flaming Star, Keith Farquhar, Luke Fowler / Shadazz, Tom Früchtl, Jonathan Johnson, Scott King, Karen Kilimnik, David Lamelas, Michel Majerus, Lucy McKenzie, Michaela Melián, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Michael Sailstorfer, Catriona Shaw, Steven Shearer, Eva Wittig, Johannes Wohnseifer

Pop! goes the weasel presents artistic positions which focus in their works on the pictorial politics and sociographies of Pop culture. The exhibition is centered around the various strategies of appropriation, rededication and reinterpretation of Pop. The spectrum of utilized artistic media ranges from painting and graphics past sculpture and installation, video- and audio-recordings, all the way to live performances. Furthermore, many of the exhibited artists are active, not only in art, but also in music. They have their own labels, work as DJs and musicians, or repeatedly place their works outside the traditional borders of art in clubs and in the everyday spaces of Pop.

In recent years, the revolutionary idea of Pop has vanished more and more in commercialized everyday life, and it increasingly forms a part of lifestyle economies which exploit its subcultural or resistance-generating potential as an effective marketing instrument. The borders between mainstream and subculture, between High and Low, have become more and more porous: "Difference and resistance are no longer located exclusively on the fringes, you can find them everywhere" (Tom Holert). With the commercialization and popularization of Pop as a point of departure, Pop! goes the weasel investigates the traditional and new relationships of production and reception: How can we comprehend a phenomenon which branches out into highly diverse areas of culture and economy? And to what extent does this deterritorialization of Pop open up new, productive spaces-beyond long-established borders, norms and classi-fications?

Pop! goes the weasel conveys insights into the diversity and polymorphism of the current artistic accessings of Pop. Instead of mourning its "fizzling out" in everyday life, the participating artists take up the popular and media-generated images in order to freshly read and formulate them against the horizon of their own works. The worlds of Pop are articulated by means of concise symbols, styles and icons which are firmly anchored in our collective memory. Whether it is a matter of a disco ball, a concert poster, the title of a famous song, the image of the star, or the language of fashion: The artists of Pop! goes the weasel appropriate the various formats and pictorial languages of pop culture, play with the forms in which they appear, and discuss their aesthetic, social and cultural implications.

Tobias Bernstrup

Discoteca Flaming Star
Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Jacques Palminger feat. Rica Blunck und Viktor Marek
Angie Reed & Mark Stewart
Catriona Shaw

Tobias Bernstrup was born in 1970 in Gotenborg, Sweden. He lives and works in New York and Berlin.

The Video-Works and Music-Performances of Tobias Bernstrup deal with the artificial surface of virtual worlds of Computer-Games and Science Fiction-movies. Topics like visions of urban architecture, transgender and fetisch draw a continuous line through his work and are staged in a stylistic mix of Neo-Glam, Classicism and Gothic-Noir. This spectacular world of images is contrasted with a distanced, almost hermeneutic aura in performance which emphasizes the melancholic, exciting and ambiguous. For Neon Love - a performance shown for the first time in Germany - Bernstrup shooted and animated, in reference to the Kraftwerk-videotape "Neon Lights", several neon-signs in Berlin. The music ranges from Synthesizer-Pop of the eighties to the melancholic beat of New Wave-bands like Real Life.

15 February - 06. April 2008
Opening: 14 February, 7 p.m.
On the Spot #2
Julia Brandes/Bastian Goecke

For the second passage of the level On The Spot in the Lichthof of the Kunstverein students of product design and scenography have submitted designs for a theatrical space. It is on this stage that the performances and concerts of the parallel exhibition Pop! goes the weasel take place. The Badischer Kunstverein is happy to be able to present to you at this time the realization of the design by the scenographer Julia Brandes and the product designer Bastian Goecke! Their installation transforms the main room and adjoining cabinets into an atmospheric body of light which takes up and dramaturgically enhances the natural situation of the ceiling lights. The stage consists of individual modules which resemble exhibition elements more than a typical stage situation, and which investigate the added value of the reciprocal transfer of club and museum space. Musicians and performers are placed on a veritable pedestal, and the relationship between performers and viewers is deliberately intensified. Luminous body and stage module shape and influence the various interactions in bar, lounge and stage space.

On The Spot #2 was accompanied by Prof. Volker Albus, BLESS (Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss), Stefan Legner and Uta Kollmann from the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe.

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