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Presentation of a Prototype of

‘GROUND’ – Multisensory Installation from Anke Eckardt (2013)

Friday 29th of November at 7pm

Saturday 30th / Sunday 1st of December 4pm-8pm
& Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th of December 4pm-8pm

Location: ERRANT BODIES, Kollwitzstrasse 97, 10435 Berlin

The prototyp presentation takes place in cooperation with GENERAL PUBLIC IN EXILE.


About the piece:

Prototype: reduced fragment of the new piece of Anke Eckardt, size: 10,5m2, vertically moved, consisting of 42 elements of concrete and 42 channels of vertically pushing impulses
First presentation of the whole piece: in January 2014 in Berlin, then with an overall size of 30m2, vertically and partly horizontally moved

The GROUND is in motion. Thus it will move the visitors which stand on it. The motion of the ground can be felt via the equilibrium sense (sense of balance), can be seen and can be heard. The grinding, sanding, pushing, bouncing, vibrating, creaking of the mechanically moved material will produce a varity of tonal qualities with diverse roughness and awakes associations of earth quakes, tectonical plates in motion, but also of the diffuse experience of loosing the ground. In his manuscript /D17-2/ from 1–9 May 1934, Husserl wrote about the ground as reference for the perception of space and the perception of self, ‘Now, when I “conceive” the earth as a moved body, I use a ground to which all experience of bodies, and hence all experience of continuing to be at rest and in motion, is related.’ (Husserl, 1934). Vilem Flusser as an emigrated jew wrote about a hovering self over the abysm in his auto-biography ‘BODENLOS’. In his book ‘Vampyrotheutis Infernalis’ Flusser analyses the floating ‘otherness’ of a huge octopus in the deep sea and draws a line to the psychology of human beings.

Concept/Realisation/Composition: Anke Eckardt
Construction: hertzer GmbH, Berlin
Thanks to: Graduiertenschule für die Künste und die Wissenschaften, Marcus Schmickler

Realised by means of the Einsteinstiftung and the BA Berlin Pankow.