Reto Pulfer, Dehydrierte Landschaft des Zustands, 2015 | Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Sebastian Bolesch
A tent city, inspired by artificial grottos and mnemotechnics — the ancient memory technique which functions by placing figures and objects in imagined spaces.
For Reto Pulfer’s expansive installation, tents will be erected in the foyer of HKW that relate different spaces of memory and layers of time to one another. Each tent represents a different state of matters: the tent Treffen des Platzes takes up motifs from Reto Pulfer’s novel Die Exzentriker. Die Schalen im Innern deals with internal spiritual journeys and the history of the German language. Das Türkise Zustandsgrab is based on ancient painted grave chambers and Entscheidungshaus gives visitors the option of slipping into a full body suit consisting of the same gauze-like material as the installation itself, thus disappearing in the work.
Several performances will take place in the installation:
Reto Pulfer was born in Bern in 1981 and currently lives in Berlin. His expansive installations of fabric sometime appear as three-dimensional expansions of abstract paintings of states, and sometimes as artful “objectivations” of the mnemotechnological architecture of visually imagined stories. The self-taught artist was recently awarded a painting scholarship from the Marianne and Hansfriedrich Defet Stiftung. In his temporal landscapes he plays with expressive performances and his own sound compositions, or musical and language improvisations. His works have been presented internationally in solo shows at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2015), Hollybush Gardens, London (2013), and Nuremberg’s Kunstverein/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft (2013).