or in search of the empty time
With the exhibition project the LWL-Industriemuseum dares an interdisciplinary experiment. Students of the Master’s programme in Stage Design_ Scenic Space at the TU Berlin dealt with the subject of “boredom” and implemented their ideas and experiences with a wide variety of media.
Exhibition: Lange Weile
Location: LWL Industriemuseum, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur
Henrichshütte Hattingen, Werksstr. 25, 45527 Hattingen, Germany
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 10-18 h, last admission 17.30 h
With the installation “Labyrinth” by Anne Laure Jullian de la Fuente on the outside of the museum, visitors can decide whether they want to slow down the detour or take the direct route to their destination and take no time at all. In his performance “Neuland” in the cellar of the blower house, Takaya Kobayashi deals with time, space, body and the border between art and life – live and virtual. In the adjoining space, Victor Treushchenko-Bernhardt’s light/sound composition “Muße in Arbeit” makes the beat of passing time palpable and sensitizes the viewer to how space and time are dealt with.
During Amina Nouns’ “Müßiggang“, visitors can listen to the blast furnace 3 on an audio path, which – after the closure of the factory in 1987 ‘in pension’- makes its very own thoughts on the subject of boredom.
Behind the initially rather negative concept of boredom, the exhibition opens up a deeper level. The ‘empty time’ can serve as a starting point for creative processes, the ”empty space can be inspiration and filled with ideas and projects,” says Johann Jörg, TU Berlin. ”At the same time, it is an underestimated, multi-faceted concept whose connotation has changed over time. If the term in one’s own memory is perhaps more filled with negative feelings than a period of time in which nothing happens, in which time stretches endlessly, boredom today is rather associated and longed for with ‘free time’. In times of endless employment opportunities, constraints and high workload it has almost become a luxury.”
Exhibition scenography: Anne-Laure Jullian de la Fuente, Takaya Kobayashi, Victor Treushchenko-Bernhardt, Amina Nouns
Mentors: Johann Jörg, Prof. Kerstin Laube
Fotos © LWL-Industriemuseum, Takaya Kobayashi