Alex Wissel | Temporary Relocation | The Bronner Residency

Curator: Katharina Klang
May 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

Alex Wissel operates from within the local art scene of the Rhineland. In numerous art projects he has served as an entrepreneur, inviting artists and the general public to take part in the creation of communal self-staging scenes. As an act of extended hospitality, Wissel took in Jochen Weber during his 2013 residency in Tel Aviv. Both artists lived together in a small, congested room. A visit to the Absalon exhibition at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, featuring his inhabitation cells, led to the creation of Vagabond, a mobile form of residency. The interior of their box-shaped vehicle can be adapted to the needs of other artists. In contrast to its distinctively individual, adaptable interior, the exterior of the vehicle evokes collective symbols of transit. Wissel and Weber will be the first to take a trip in it, from Hamburg to the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, where its components are on view as part of the exhibition. Wissel and Weber see the Vagabond residency as an opportu nity to escape for a little while the idea of self-optimization and prevalent standards of efficiency. As the character of Sloth says in Wissel’s Vagabond – The Musical, “Lazyness is modern, anything else is not my concern. … That’s my ideology. You can call it morality.”

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