The Burger Collection produced two works specially realized for Conflicting Tales: Monologism as Poetry (2009) by Italian artist Vittorio Santoro (*1962, based in Paris), and Night between 7th and 8th Day / 27th Week / 2009 (2009) by German artist Fiete Stolte (*1979, based in Berlin), two sites in the vicinity of the exhibition space.
Monologism as Poetry (2009)
The installation Monologism as Poetry by Vittorio Santoro (*1962) consists of thirteen rows of neon texts, partly phrases,
displaying terms such as power, anesthesia, and ignorance. The lines read: “VIOLENCE / AS POETRY; MONOLOGISM / AS POETRY; IRRATIONAL ISOLATION / AS POETRY; WIEDER, UND IMMER NOCH / AS POETRY; HYPOCRISY / AS POETRY; AS LONG AWAITED, RATHER THAN LATE / AS POETRY; BREITBANDTHERAPEUTIKUM / AS POETRY; A FALSE GRAPHIC MIRROR OF THE WORLD / AS POETRY; SQUEAKING CHALK ON A BLACKBOARD / AS POETRY; NEVER MORE SO / AS POETRY; GREET THE CIRCUS WITH A SMILE / AS POETRY; IGNORANCE IS NOT A PRIORI AMNESIA / AS POETRY; REGRET-FREE TRANSITION / AS POETRY.”
Zimmerstraße 88-89, fire wall
The neon installation Monologism as Poetry by Vittorio Santoro (born 1963) consists of thirteen rows of texts, parts of phrases, displaying terms such as power, anaesthesia, and ignorance. The large-scale work is placed on the firewall of Zimmerstraße 88-89 facing the open area in front of it, the city and sky which extend beyond it. Each line is concluded with the term “AS POETRY” slightly distanced from the first part of the sentence suggesting a certain distanciation, maybe irony. Across the thirteen lines, it suggests comparison, analogy, insistence, and playfulness. The meaning of the various lines sometimes relate to the other ones without being unified to one utterance and signification. A light cycle slowly fades the neon phrases in and out at a pre-determined interval, causing the work to immerse itself subtly into the urban landscape while at the same time developing a subdued and intense presence.
In 2005, Vittorio Santoro realized a neon installation for ARTFORUM Berlin and in the same year, installed a permanent neon on the facade of the CAPC Musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux.
Night between 7th and 8th Day / 27th Week / 2009 (2009)
Installation of bronze embedded into the ground in front of the entrance to the exhibition site at Zimmerstraße 90-91, courtyard entrance
Fiete Stolte’s (born 1979) Night between 7th and 8th Day/27th Week/2009 is a bronze embedded into the ground at the entrance to the exhibition site at Zimmerstraße 90-91. The bronze with similar measurements of a bed – or a tomb – is embossed with a cavity-like formation. This relief is a remnant of a nocturnal experiment whereby the artist slept on a mattress that registers imprints of bodily pressures, normally used for medical purposes. Stolte chose the night between the 7th and 8th day, as the title suggests, for this exercise.
The expanded week with its eight days originates from a fundamental idea whereby the artist slightly altered the number of days of a week – the usual seven days of a week (with their 24 hours per day) were regrouped into an eight-day week (with 21 hours per day). Since, this logic determines all decisions of the artist´s daily routine and artistic works alike. At the same time, it obviously does not alter the overall structure of the usual week and its durational quantity. Nevertheless the new weekly arithmetic leads to displacements and transformations regarding biographical time, duration, community and society.
Fiete Stolte´s work was presented in Art Basel’s Art Statements section in 2008 and in 2007 was awarded with the Mart Stam grant.