Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view (2015)
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view (2015)
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view (2015)
Haubrok Collection at HAU
Installation view
2015

Die Erde, zur gleichen Zeit halb so klein und doppelt so groß

August 13, 2015
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Carol Bove, Christoph Büchel, Matt Calderwood, Willem de Rooij, Ólafur Elíasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Cerith Wyn Evans, Claire Fontaine, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Wade Guyton, Jens Haaning, Oliver Laric, Rodney McMillian, Jonathan Monk, Philippe Parreno, Andreas Slominski, Simon Starling, Jan Timme, Danh Vō, Christopher Williams, Heimo Zobernig

The earth, at the same time, half as small and twice as big – a text work by Andreas Slominski lends its title to this exhibition. It points to the fact that we could see things differently, if only we allowed ourselves. But, it also clarifies that imagination is required in order to consider the exhibition’s conceptual works.

Usually, performers tell their stories on stage. We want to let objects tell stories. And yet, these stories, as well as the significance of these objects, will remain secret if their context is not revealed. Most of the time, contemporary art is presented in White Cube – perfect and antiseptic. It is designed to create the optimal effect, so that the work appears in the best light. But here, the stage and the auditorium become the exhibition space itself. Not only art, but the theater itself is presented. The historic auditorium turns into its own exhibition object. Willem de Rooij’s Bouquet V, a bouquet of flowers, celebrates this. It is the Dutch artist’s only work that exclusively celebrates the diversity of nature without any limitations to color or form.

On stage, everyday objects appear between regular stage equipment. They are works of art, because the artists have defined them as such. We could ask, what is the difference between Philippe Parreno’s plug and those of the stage lights? On display, there are stacks of books by Carol Bove and Oliver Laric, a hose by Elmgreen and Dragset, as well as a shirt, and a folding ruler by Andreas Slominski. What’s more, there is a designer chair with a bent frame by Wade Guyton and watches by Jan Timme and Jens Haaning, which represent totally different things. In the middle, there are feeding devices for various kinds of pets by Rodney McMillian. And, there is a cheap Daihatsu van that seems to be associated with the famous Poul Henningsen lamp somehow.

Each work of art tells its own story and has its own special context. But each one could also be something that was forgotten on stage after the last rehearsal. The works do not stand on pedestals, but simply on the floor, as if they were real stage performers. They are situated on the revolving stage and on the area nearby. The turntable moves slowly. This way, the positions and relationships between the works shift almost unnoticeably. Even the photos on the walls, works by Christopher Williams which depict technical equipment, are always facing something new. And, above everything, like a moon, stands an Artemide lamp by Cerith Wyn Evans, which transmits a text by Theodor Adorno via Morse code: The stars down to earth.

The Highlighter by Ólafur Elíasson is a wandering beam of light. It scans the stage and the auditorium, guiding the eye toward various items in both worlds. But, isn’t that exactly what traditional stage lighting is used for? How is it different from a searchlight that delivers nearly the same outcome at every performance?

Axel Haubrok

Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU
Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU
Installation view
Left: Carol Bove, Vege-tables (Land and Sea) (2003); Right: Jonathan Monk Spare Wheels (2007)
Left: Carol Bove, Vege-tables (Land and Sea) (2003); Right: Jonathan Monk Spare Wheels (2007)
Left: Carol Bove, Vege-tables (Land and Sea) (2003); Right: Jonathan Monk Spare Wheels (2007)
Left: Carol Bove
Vege-tables (Land and Sea), 2003

Right: Jonathan Monk
Spare Wheels, 2007
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU
Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU, Installation view
Haubrok Collection at HAU
Installation view

list of works

Carol Bove
Vege-tables (Land and Sea), 2003

Carol Bove
Tower of the Prophet, 2002

Christoph Büchel
untitled (Düsseldorf), 2001/2006

Matt Calderwood
Tape, 2004

Claire Fontaine
untitled (Lost & Found),2011

Willem De Rooij
Bouquet V, 2010

Ólafur Elíasson
Highlighter, 1999

Elmgreen & Dragset
Gefundene Identität, 2009

Elmgreen & Dragset
Top & Bottom, 2007

Douglas Gordon
This is What You Want, 1998

Rodney Graham
Continous Transformation of the Form of a Child’s Sled into that of Another, 2000

Wade Guyton
untitled Action Sculpture (Breuer chair), 2003

Jens Haaning
Bagdad Time, 2005

Oliver Laric
Art of War, 2012

Oliver Laric
Ancient Copies, 2010

Rodney McMillian
untitled (feeders), 2007

Jonathan Monk
The Documentation of a Life and of a Death, 2011-2012

Jonathan Monk
The Odd Couple (small German version), 2009

Jonathan Monk
Spare Wheels, 2007

Jonathan Monk
A Ten Year Project: Almost Everything is Connected version No. 2, 2006

Phillipe Parreno
ACDC Snake, 1995-2010

Phillipe Parreno
ACDC Snake, 1995-2010

Phillipe Parreno
ACDC Snake, 1995-2010

Andreas Slominski
Die Erde zur gleichen Zeit halb so klein und doppelt so groß, 2005/2014

Andreas Slominski
untitled, 2004

Andreas Slominski
untitled, 1999

Andreas Slominski
untitled, 1988

Simon Starling
Waratah (Artichoke, Kogle, Zapfen, Pomme de Pin), 2001

Jan Timme
complices accomplis, 2001/2002/2009

Vo, Danh
untitled, year unknown

Christopher Williams
Clockwise from Manufacturer Name (Outer Ring), Michelin, X M+S 89, Clockwise from Tire Size (Inner Ring), 135 R 15, 72 Q E2 0281541, M + S, Tubeless, Radial X, TF 852 20-2044, Tread: 1 Polyester Ply + 2 Steel Plies, Sidewall: 1 Polyester Ply, Canada and U.S. Codes Only, Max Load 355 Kg (780 Lbs), Max Press. 350 kPa (51 PSI) V-1, Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California, January 03 – January 04, 2008, 2008

Christopher Williams
Kiev MC Arsat PCS 4.5/55 mm Shift Lens, Focal Length: 55mm, Aperture scale: 4.5 to 22, Focusing Scale: 0.3 m (0.98 ft) to infinity, Minimum Focusing distance: 1.2 feet (0.5 meters), Field of view: 69 degrees (with shift) 84 degrees (with shift), Number of Elements: Nine elements in seven groups, Filter size: 72 mm, Weight: 2 lbs, Serial Number 0051, Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California, January 27, 2007, 2007

Christopher Williams
Universal Travel Adaptor, Scorpio Distributors Ltd., Unit DZ, West Sussex, Great Britain, Product number TXR77000, Power Rating: 6A Max 125/250Vac, With Built-In Surge Protector, With Safety Shutters, Surge Status Indicator Light 110Vac or 220Vac Light Indicator, Built-In 13A Fuse, Testing based on International Standard IEC 884-2-5 Witnessed by TUV, CE EMC Approval, Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles, California, December 15, 2005, 2005

Christopher Williams
Kiev MC Arsat (Zodiak-8) 30mm f3.5, 1:3.5, Product Aperature f/3.5, Serial Number 870701, Medium Format Camera Lens, Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California. August 4, 2005 2005

Cerith Wyn Evans
Adorno Centenary (The Stars Down to Earth, published 1974), 2003

Heimo Zobernig
untitled, 2005