opening “Long distance relationship” at 29.09.2018

activity

“Long distance relationship”
with “700km or The horse does not eat cucumber salad” by Thilo Seibt

Neuköllner Leuchturm (Berlin)
Emserstr. 117, 12051 Berlin

exhibition
29.09. – 21.10.2018

opening time
Tue-Fri 10:00 – 18:00
Sat, Sun 10-17

Vernissage
Saturday, 29.09.2018 ab 19:00

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly networked. Travel is more affordable and comfortable than ever before. Thanks to modern media, it is possible to communicate easily and quickly with people who are many kilometres away. Millions seek their fortune in foreign cities and countries. Apparently, these developments are bringing the world closer together. At the same time, the physical distance between people is growing; today, long-distance relationships characterize our society. The Berlin-based artists’ group Blaue Ampel has also had a member in Constance for some time now, so they now maintain a long-distance relationship. This is why they have chosen this theme for their exhibition in Constance. The works show that long-distance relationships can exist not only between people who live far apart, but also in close proximity.

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly networked. Travel is more affordable and comfortable than ever before. Thanks to modern media, it is possible to communicate easily and quickly with people who are many kilometres away. Millions seek their fortune in foreign cities and countries. Apparently, these developments are bringing the world closer together. At the same time, the physical distance between people is growing; today, long-distance relationships characterize our society. The Berlin-based artists’ group Blaue Ampel has also had a member in Constance for some time now, so they now maintain a long-distance relationship. This is why they have chosen this theme for their exhibition in Constance. The works show that long-distance relationships can exist not only between people who live far apart, but also in close proximity.

participating artist:
Carola Thielecke, Iren Böhme, Karl Förster. Lena Kilkka, Monika von Wegerer, Peter Krabbe, Tassilo Ott, Thilo Seibt, Ulrike Altekruse


© Thilo Seibt

700km or The horse does not eat cucumber salad
Distances are becoming less important in the modern world. Thanks to the invention of the telephone, it has been possible to make calls to other rooms, buildings, cities and continents for over 150 years. In the beginning, communication was based on speech, but gradually texts, photographs and films were added. The fascination of communicative closeness makes us forget the real distance. In communication, this can only be found in the cables that connect the places. Here, the electrical signals travel at the speed of light over the distance that has been forgotten. At the beginning of the communication age, wires and cables were still visible on paths, roads and railway lines. Nowadays the cables are buried deep, laid in standardised shafts or replaced by radio waves.

The distance between Konstanz and Berlin is 700km. By symbolically pulling a rope these two places shall be connected. The rope with its individual fibres enables a multitude of possible uses. After laying the rope, the transmission of speech by means of a rifle telephone is to be tested. The rope as the 3500 year old aid of mankind is laid by two assistants. One of them carries the rope pulley on his back and the other one lays the rope in the countryside, in the villages and in the cities with various aids.


© Thilo Seibt


© Thilo Seibt