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Come See My Art: Fortress Europe at Guck mal, Kriens, Kunst

The festival Guck mal Kriens, Kunst will be the premiere of my installation “Fortress Europe: The Grass is always Greener on the Other Side.”

Installation Model of "Fortress Europe. The grass is always greener on the other side" at Teiggi 2.0

Installation Model of “Fortress Europe. The grass is always greener on the other side” at Teiggi 2.0

The installation is a border wall built from six billion Euros in shredded Euro-Notes, which is equivalent to the amount the EU-Turkey statement, 18 March 2016 to keep refugees from entering the European Union.

Fortress Europe Wall_2

The festival opens this Saturday, June 25th and takes place at Kunstraum Teiggi 2.0 in Kriens (Lucerne), CH. The exhibition lasts until July 3rd.

For the complete program and opening hours see Günthers Website.

I will be at the exhibition for the Vernissage and Finissage. Come by for a chat, obtain enough Euroconfetti to buy access to Schengen and enjoy the festival. I am looking forward to seeing you there. Follow Robinism on Instagram for updates and images of the installation.

Fortress Europe

Installation Model of “Fortress Europe. The grass is always greener on the other side” at Teiggi 2.0

Lots of thanks to the team of “Guck Mal Günther” for inviting me, to Plakatsammlung Basel for the gracious donation of Plexiglass, to Deutsche Bundesbank Freiburg for a lot of Euroconfetti and to all the people who helped grate money-pellets and build the border:

grating money for Fortress Europe

Grating Money at Teiggi for Fortress Europe.

 

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Come see my Art – Burnout in Zurich

I will be doing a money-laundering performance on Saturday, Sept. 6th at Museum Baerengasse in Zurich. I will start at 7pm and be doing it all evening.

I will be turning your money into black money (Schwarzgeld) for you to freely use. You will also have the opportunity to apply for black money accounts with several Zurich-based banks.

Please come by and bring your own money to launder/bank.

launderung money

Below is the English invitation:

Burnout Motel Flyer

BURNOUT 6 – 20 SEPTEMBER 2014

JULIA BORNEFELD, ROBIN GOMMEL, ELENA HABICHER, CARLO SPERANZA

The exhibition focuses on the sense/nonsense, functioning/failure of power structures and systems such as the financial system, the performance-oriented society and the art market mechanism. The idea originated from the encounter with the surroundings and the history of the Museum Bärengasse, which is located in the middle of Zurich’s financial district and galleries’ quarter. Only recently the plans to convert the building into a money museum were abandoned. The artists deal with themes such as the market crash in 2008 (Julia Bornefeld), the endemic disease of burnout (Carlo Speranza), the money laundering and black money scandals at financial institutes (Robin Gommel) and the art market’s narrow bottleneck that allows only a handful artists to achieve commercial success (Elena Habicher). Despite the artworks attempt to address the surrounding, the questions focus on how the context influences their meaning. Within the frame of an art museum the headless man wearing a suit by Bornefeld and the money laundry by Gommel might recall the horrendous prices paid for art at auctions as well as the sharp correction of the overheated art market in 2008. The installation by Speranza might remind of how top mangers ended up in burnouts, however, showcased in the context of a museum, this might also make one think of the people working in the cultural field on a self-exploitive level. The visitor himself or herself is eventually given the last contextual dimension, from his and her knowledge and associations, thus the question must be answered individually of what the meaning is actually created by.

OPENING: 6 SEPTEMBER 2014, 19:00 H
BLACK MONEY AND MONEY LAUNDRING WORKSHOP BY ROBIN GOMMEL

FINISSAGE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2014, 13:00 – 15:00 H
YOGA WORKSHOP FOR CULTURAL PRODUCERS AND OTHER EXHAUSTED PEOPLE BY DANIELA FUENTES

CURATED BY ANNA FECH

GASTHAUS ZUM BÄREN BÄRENGASSE 20–22 8001 ZÜRICH

MITTWOCH BIS FREITAG 12:00 –19:00 H
SAMSTAG 11:00 – 16:00 H
UND NACH VEREINBARUNG TEL. +41 (0)77 484 35 28 HTTP://WWW.GASTHAUSZUMBAEREN.CH

 

 

 

Aside

So we are at the John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, CT, enjoying the free Wifi, and I tried opening up facebook to reply to a couple of messages I had received. I get an “Access Denied” notice. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Irene, the Aftermath II

We’re still without power. Nice (or depressing?) map for Connectitut by Connecticut Light & Power here.

Right now we are in Newport, Rhode Island. Except for branches and leaves on the sidewalks, everything looks very normal here.

Apparently, Madisons Beach Club (Artikel) still exists, but the beach and the lawn are gone.

Verlustmeldung

Liebe Post,

normalerweise rechne ich ja schon damit, dass meine MailArt nicht ankommt, oder dass du sie nicht verschicken willst und sie mir deswegen zurückbringst. Daher schreibe auch auch selten einen Absender auf den “Art”-Teil meiner Mail.

Wenn du denn mal was verlierst ist es nicht soooo schlimm, denn es ist ja alles von mir dokumentiert, und wenn es ein Einzelstück war dann kann ich dich immer noch mit Nachforschungsaufträgen DHL oder die Deutsche Post (für Briefe und Warensendungen nerven.

Richtige, ernstgemeinte Post im Sinne von jemandem etwas zukommen lassen (das nicht Kunst ist oder durch das Verschicken meinerseits zur Kunst bestimmt wird) dokumentiere ich nicht, weil ich sie “normal” und korrekt verpacke, Absender draufschreibe und mich auf dich, weil es einfach zum Kerngeschäft eines der größten Logistikdienstleister der Welt gehört, dass sowas auch verlässlich ankommt.

Was mich aber wirklich nervt ist, dass du mein geliebtes schwarzes Leatherman Wave, das ich (dummerweise nur) als Warensendung eingeschickt habe, um es repariert zu bekommen, verloren hast!

Zumindest sagt die deutsche Leathermanimport- und Garantiedienstleistungsfirma, dass sie “keinen Wareneingang feststellen” können. Ich bin wirklich pissig, wenn ich mein Wave nich zurückbekomme. Das war noch nicht mal ein Jahr alt. Und so toll. Bis auf den fehlenden “normalgroßen” Schlitzschraubendreher. Aber Leathermanschwärmereien kommen irgendwann mal in nen anderen Artikel.

Postkarte: Kasia bekommt nen deutschen Pass

Letzte Woche bekam Kasia die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft. Und zu solch einem denkwürdigen Anlass darf eine Postkarte natürlich nicht fehlen. Die Post hat die Karte zugestellt, sogar innerhalb eines Werktages. Zugegebenermaßen hatte ich ein wenig Angst, dass entweder die Briefmarken abfallen oder sich die Gürtelschlaufe löst und alles auseinanderfällt.

Postkarte Gürtel mit deutschen Nationalfarben zur Einbürgerung von Kasia. Frankiert mit 1,45€

Der Gürtel übrigens stammt aus einer “zu-Verschenken-Kiste”, die Sophie unserem Wohnzimmer hinterließ als sie aus unserem Keller auszog.

Vianney died


Ah!! Robin!!! (nasally, like “Roba”). I hadn’t seen him in like three years, and he had always been on of the persons I was looking forward to seeing most when coming to Brussels.