for cement carpet and 8 loudspeakers
In the exhibition space, a large cement carpet similar to a carpeted floor is spread out. The grey cement carpet, only a few millimetres thick, fills the room and at the same time leaves it empty. Due to the pouring process, the surface of the cement is permeated by fine wrinkles and cracks, reminiscent of skin or natural rock formations.
The thin textile is both hard and soft: the cement poured on jute is easy to bend and roll and breaks under any form of stress. The jute increasingly appears through the cement and the carpet leaves behind traces of dust every time it breaks.
The carpet lies on top of a floor-covering, room-filling double floor; a simple wooden construction that is only a few centimetres in height, which remains hidden from the viewer but gives way easily in an unfamiliar manner under their feet.
Eight speakers are hidden under the wooden construction, playing a spatial composition by Adrian Nagel. This was created in exchange with Eva Gentner and her artistic work in 2017.
The composition, which consists of quiet, subtle sounds, sets out an almost tactile sound carpet in the room.
The distributed speakers play different sound tracks. As a result, the composition only emerges where the sounds meet and changes while you walk around in the room. The sounds allow the visitors to feel the sound waves.
The objective of the joint composition is to create a spatial texture that blurs the boundaries between the disciplines of music and the visual arts.
The first joint exhibition eneben [Gewirk] took place at the end of November 2017 at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.