The view into the outdoor enclosures must clear a fence, a hedge, a wall, metal shark-tooth spikes, trenches and a wooden barrier. Behind these confining architectural elements the view eventually encounters itself: by means of modified mirrors, the expansive installation by Alex Lebus disrupts the architectural assignment of subject and object relations and unsettles the viewers’ position. In the opposite enclosure the gaze falls upon a house, whose context, function and origin remains unclear, and that seems strangely out of place. With his work, Marten Schech transforms the artificial habitat once set up for the bears, including the boulders placed around the site, into both a stage and building material.
The interior of the Bärenzwinger was long kept out of public view. In the anteroom, Lawrence Power unlocks the functional infrastructures already partly obsolete, lending pictorial expression. By duplicating and extending the present elements, he interprets the space itself as a canvas. Via auditory means, Katharina Bévand‘s sound installation ultimately surveys the architecture of the darkened Zwinger space and the cavities located opposite. Its sounds reflect from walls, ceilings and security grates – penetrating the segregating architectures at the same time.
Featuring works by Alex Lebus, Katharina Bévand, Marten Schech und Lawrence Power
Performance: itinerant interlude #22
Adam Goodwin, double bass und Michiyasu Furutani, dance