The photo on the first side is a still from a clip Jens Koethner Kaul did for the European cultural Capital in 2010, the Ruhr area. It shows some of Pina Bausch’s students dancing in front of energy giant RWE.
When parchment gets old, it often gets a similar color and texture like the yellowish main color of this brick. Like the photo on side one this fits very well to the memory lane that comes with this brick. The layers as well make it look like an old torn book. The photo is a statement of a value that the creator cheers highly: co-creation. It has another energy concept the the one RWE stands for… In this energy power central of Europe in Essen, West-Prussia, or nowadays North-Rhine Westphalia, other old concepts of energy prevail. And we live now in a situation where this energy giant starts to change its centralistic big industry approach both in atomic energy and coal, due to the public pressure that people want to buy other energy. One may doubt if it is still time for them to change…. Change and dance go very well together…
The moment of ecstatic movement goes away very quickly and it becomes a part of our always changing memory. Movement leads to consciousness, both, sculpture and dance make you move in order to get a dynamic perception of the world. This dynamic change is the backbone of storytelling in film. Motion pictures are about motion…
Photo, film, sculpture and dance,- these are the arts with their inherent values speaking from this side. These arts are motors of consciousness, whose color is amber.
In an earlier production state, the brick fell once down and broke a corner that needed to be replaced. Whereas the choreographer Arthur Kuggeleyn’s vision isn’t relying on being just a version of Pina Bausch’s work, it is a completely on its own standing oeuvre. Nonetheless the historic predecessors are important even in refusal to carry on with their values… So, whereas the dancers from the Folkwang school remind us of the great female artist, the corner reminds us of the Fettecke of Joseph Beuys.
And as it is with the dance, the sculptural work of Beuys is a significant influence, and nothing more.
At the end of the day, the focus disappears, perception gets nebulous… and you fall into darker and darker spheres, entering the black zone, where slowly and fast new pages of imagination appear, and refreshen your view on the world. After this past you are ready to enter newly the palm of light in the 3D world of first perception.
What goes up, must go down… the verticality of the RWE building glorifies vertical ascension, a basically phallic expression. The material of glass and stell the cleanliness of technology and reminds the blank teeth as mentioned in Canetti’s mass and power. The building is very rigid and represents more a crystalline structure than the fluidity of e.g. water. The lack of this fluidity brings this formerly giant enterprise to its end, or downwards. Completely different to the values the building suggests to be the core value of the enterprise, the firm will eventually go down or learn to change. Remember that up or down, below or above aren’t notions of space, they are rather two dimensional: on a sheet of paper you may say there is left or right, above or below on the page. In a dynamic changing space this notion is completely relative to the perspective of the respective spectator.
Interestingly enough, this specific brick unifies its very different elements or values. The lines of the building go very well along with the vertical lines on the sixth and fifth sides, the dark areas are as its bright counterparts fitting to the respectively enlightened areas of the encaustic brick…
What is on the top, must go down; what is down now will be at the top tomorrow.
Painting and sculpting layer by layer the memories, feelings and thoughts regarding the seventh side, or inner content, appear. You recapitulate during the course of your creation the wanted and unwanted aspects of the specific experience, subject or question. Consciousness raises and the burden the unworked memory represents, eases up. It is rejuvenating experience to be creating alongside your important values with this specific encaustic technology.
By the corner on side 2 (the Beuys referral) and the background of the dance movie (THE ONE EURO CLIP) photo still excerpt you get aware that this block, or brick, or bar is about energy.