1: Karolin Meunier – Timing and Consistency
February 16 – March 26, 2010
Karolin Meunier, Timing and Consistency (2010), n.b.k. Showroom
exhibition view, Foto: Jens Ziehe
Gruppenbild is a five-part exhibition series with the artists Karolin Meunier, Discoteca Flaming Star, Azin Feizabadi, Ming Wong, and Shirin Homann-Saadat in the showroom of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The participating artists work with performance and spatial installations. Over the course of a year they will be giving form to this experiment in conjunction with curators Kathrin Becker and Sophie Goltz. In every artistic intervention, existing installations will be altered and new elements added to them. The contributions of the individual artists will thus give rise to a collective conceptual model.
The series begins with the 2-channel video installation Timing and Consistency (7:30 min) by Karolin Meunier. It is part of a series of works in which Karolin Meunier uses performance, text and film to explore various techniques of speaking and announcing. In this video work, produced specially for the n.b.k. exhibition, Meunier used the recording room in a radio studio as the backdrop against which to perform two texts. One scene, shot through a pane of glass, shows a series of answers being recited, whilst the speech delivered straight into the camera has a formal structure reminiscent of a call to action or a guideline. Here, both answers and instructions reference daily, yet undefined situations of conversation or interrogation. Stripped of any narrative context, the text passages refer to the possibilities and limitations of the public pronouncements people make about themselves, and the ambivalent intentions of such assertions.
Making restrained use of the camera, performance and the position of the viewers, Meunier picks up on the working methods deployed in earlier conceptual video and performance art. In the process however, she creates a sense of distance vis-à-vis her own position in the role of narrator or presenter.
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 7 pm, Performance with Karolin Meunier in the Exhibition space (groundfloor)
Karolin Meunier (*1975) lives and works as an artist and writer in Berlin and London. She studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and attended Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht as researcher. Meunier is co-editor of Wenn sonst nichts klappt: Wiederholung wiederholen (2005) and takes part in Cinenova – Women’s Film and Video Distributor in London. Exhibitions (Selection): Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2008), Bonner Kunstverein (2007), MuHKA, Antwerpen (2006), Kunstverein Hamburg (2006), Lenbachhaus München (2006).
Exhibition and program made possible by the financial support of: