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Aug, 2019

Jenny Brockmann: ‘Cold – On Sensitivity’

Jenny Brockmann, 'Cold - On Sensitivity', Collage, 2019

'Apparatus of Heat and Cold'
Opening Reception: August 21, 2019, 7.30 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: August 21, 2019 - August 25, 2019

STERN - Ilm Parc
Ilmstraße, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Wed - Mon | 11a.m.–5 p.m.
https://www.kunstfest-weimar.de

Curated by Janek Müller, Niklas Hoffmann-Walbeck, Pamela Schlewinski 

Jenny Brockmann: 'Cold - On Sensitivity'
In her installations which often develop their full potential through the actions of the visitors, Jenny Brockmann integrates devices and methods which are frequently used in scientific research. In her new project 'Cold – On Sensitivity', the artist has developed a room of sensory experience for one person at a time. The room invites the visitor to become better acquainted with his/her own sensitivity and sensibility to process of cold (and heat). It also allows one to reflect on the psychological effects of cold. Cold is not merely a meteorological phenomenon; it can also describe the social condition of being disconnected and distant – a trend that increasingly poses a challenge to our coexistence. With this work, Brockmann continues a project she began at the Kunstfest 2018, highlighting the work of Gertrud Grunow who gave instruction on attentiveness, harmonization, and balance at the early Bauhaus in Weimar. With her project, Jenny Brockmann places the Bauhaus at the center of current social debates on climate change which are no longer separable from the notion of achieving a harmonious coexistence, and for which she now proposes a training program for our own sensitivity.

The project «Apparatus of Heat and Cold – Bauhaus Attempting Balance» has been investigating the historical Bauhaus in Weimar and its impact on contemporary art and culture in various exhibitions, a publication, and discussion forums since 2018. This year, the project curators have invited four internationally known artists and artist collectives to explore the uncertainties and potentials arising from human technical existence, and by extension, the cultural and intellectual temperatures and concept of nature at the Bauhaus. While the events in 2018 focused on heat and cold in relation to Bauhaus colors and color theory, form-building and design, and balances and imbalances in their diverse aesthetic and social facets, this year’s project applies heat and cold to the understanding of nature at the Bauhaus. In three consecutive short exhibitions and one continuous video installation, as well as discussions and a publication, we ask how we can grasp the phenomenon of what we call nature by using the insights of the Bauhaus. What is nature in view of the apparent superiority and ubiquity of technical systems?

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