Arnold Dreyblatt. The Resting State

March 2 – April 28, 2019

Opening: Friday, March 1, 7pm

Arnold Dreyblatt, 2019 © Jens Ziehe
Curator: Michaela Richter

Arnold Dreyblatt’s most recent work deals with a special mode of reflection – the short phases in which attention shifts from the current situation and focuses on experienced and possible future events. The state between spontaneous memory, imagination, analysis and projection is an essential part of individual consciousness and is explored by neurologists as a special form of information processing. The cognitive moments recurring at intervals, in which free association, introspection and the blending out of restrictive circumstances play a central role, constitute an important basis for creativity – at the same time they represent a moment of retreat from external productivity. Dreyblatt’s exhibition
The Resting State at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) brings to mind various aspects of this cognitive process and at the same time induces it. Based on a rhythmic composition of visual and acoustic elements as well as text fragments from scientific studies compiled by the artist, the installation directs the focus onto the role which narrative techniques play in consciousness research.

Arnold Dreyblatt (b. 1953 in New York City, living in Berlin since 1984) teaches as a professor for media art at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. In 2007, he was elected a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin. Solo exhibitions and projects in public space include: Museolaboratorio, Città Sant’Angelo (2018); Stiftung Schloß Leuk (2018); Academy of Arts, Berlin (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2015); Concentration camp for women Ravensbrück (2015; 2013); Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (2013); Science Museum, London (2010); Jewish Museum, Berlin (2008); Gemäldegalerie, Berlin (2007). Group exhibitions (selection): Academy of Arts, Berlin (2016; 2011; 2009; 2008); Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Berlin (2016); Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen (2015); Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague (2012); Jewish Museum, Berlin (2012); German Hygiene Museum, Dresden (2011); Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (2009); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2006; 2000).