Chapter 7 HEIMISCH in Berlin

From January 31- April 6, 2014 the exhibition entitled HEIMISCH (having a sense of feeling at home) reflecting the small yet also larger reality of the village and also encompassing the art community of Pampsee, was on view at the Galerie im Saalbau in Berlin-Neukölln in the form of a spatial installation that could be walked through.

The art community, with its sub-sections (the wood brigade, tourism & umbrella groups, were also involved in the final shape that the exhibition took. The umbrella group produced not only cloth carrier bags and lamp shades with a label referring to the exhibition title, HEIMISCH (the word refers to feeling comfortable or at home). They also made as 'multiple' edition of pot holders with the logo on them. All of these products were sold with 100% of the profits going directly to the art community. Yet these objects were more than merchandise: they were also part and parcel of the installation itself.

As a reference to from the sun shade/ umbrella group in Pampsee, I realised a functional installation within the show, Atelier Grundstoff (basic materials studio, translated literally) complete with four sewing machines which visitors to the exhibition could use. Every Wednesday during exhibition, with expert guidance, Identitätsschirmen (identity umbrellas) were sewn, continuing the work started in Pampsee. Before the exhibition opened, residents of Neukölln were asked for donations of used cloth for the purpose. The result was the creation of eight Berlin brollies, three of which were given to the art community at the end of the show.

 > Text on the exhibition HEIMISCH by Michaela Nolte (German version)

Photographically exhibition walk about
Copyright for all photographs by Joachim Gern


 

As a reference to the sun shade/ umbrella group in Pampsee, I realised a functional installation within the show, Atelier Grundstoff (basic materials studio, translated literally) complete with four sewing machines which visitors to the exhibition could use. Every Wednesday during exhibition, with expert guidance, Identitätsschirmen (identity umbrellas) were sewn, continuing the work started in Pampsee. Before the exhibition opened, residents of Neukölln were asked for donations of used cloth for the purpose. The result was the creation of eight Berlin brollies, three of which were given to the art community at the end of the show.