BAM BOO BAR, AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE
Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Claus Föttinger, Renaud Jerez, Melike Kara, Gijs Milius, Aleen Solari
1 December 2018 – 24 February 2019
The Bam Boo Bar is a bar on the edge of the universe, much like the Cantina on Tatooine (Star Wars: The New Hope, 1977), except that even the droids are welcome here. As a place of collective gathering or individual relaxation, bars play a vital role in many cultures. The Bam Boo Bar draws on this idea of an alternative social place where one comes to meet others, discuss worldly topics or just have a break.
Both this imaginary scenario and the space of the Dortmunder Kunstverein serve as a framework for the exhibition Bam Boo Bar at the Edge of the Universe. Here one encounters Claus Föttingers (*1960, lives in Dusseldorf) bar-like installation Veldt and Ocean, a place to sit and relax by Aleen Solari (*1980, lives in Hamburg), hybrid creatures by Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin (both *1981, live in Athens, Ohio), a composite skeleton by Renaud Jerez (*1982, lives in Paris), lonely characters by Gijs Milius (*1985, lives in Brussels) and figures who apparently communicate without language by Melike Kara (*1985, lives in Cologne). Together, the artworks open a reflection on a space of inclusion, encouraging a connection between ourselves and others.
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