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Between Yesterday And Tomorrow

 

A Project by Irina Kurtishvili & Andreas M. Kaufmann

The two-part proposal for the passage underground inside the Baratashvili Bridge is based on historical photographs that originate from a private archive in Tbilisi. This photographic material has been rhythmically mounted on the graffiti-covered walls of the pedestrian crossing of said bridge, and thematizes its near one-hundred-year history in fulfilling an urban function. Connotative memories are invoked, and earlier misapperceptions might become evident and either rectified or validated. In any case, it is an invitation to join a trip into the controversial history of this visionary bridgework and its changeful utilization. The visionary architecture of this structure has even planed one exhibition space for art, which actually lasted in this function only for a little while.

The second part of the project consists of a single slide installation mounted in the passage underground, which opens up to the current governmental palace and the Freedom-Place. The slide depicts the former steel bridge called Mukhrani. Metaphorically, former Mukhrani Bridge inside the new bridge construction establishes symbolic ties with the Past, Present and an intended future. Though the Past and the Future seem untouchable, the respective present and its attendant interests have misappropriated them throughout history almost without exception: constructions, reconstructions and deconstructions notwithstanding. In the projection space this mechanism is becoming an experience, as the slide installation is coercing the viewer to move between glare and recognition, image-construction and image-deconstruction, the latter with attributes of “fragmentation”, “distortion” and “overlapping”. And maybe one finds that the image is changing constantly depending on his position in the space and the direction of the gaze. Eventually this might lead to the cognition that everything we are going to see, is basically dependent on our motivations and interests.

 

Location:
Baratashvili Bridge, Tiflis, Georgia

Photos:
Andreas M. Kaufmann

Artists:
Irina Kurtishvili
Andreas M. Kaufmann

 

The Modern Interpretation of a Historical Building

 

The historical listed building of the old post office is located in the centre of Muelheim a. d. Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. On three floors it shelters the Ziegler collection of art of the 20th century which includes masterpieces from Feiniger, Kirchner, Marc, Macke and others. The reconstruction and modernization of the building took place in 2007 – 2008 and was planned by architect Karsten Weber, rheinfluegel baukunst, Duesseldorf. Weber also implemented the graphic light projections in the backyard. During the night light circles are projected on the building, using Derksen GL1200 outdoor projection systems which are mounted on pylons. The geometrical light pattern lies on the façade like a second skin and provides a modern interpretation of the ancient official building. At night the functional-representative architecture appears in a playful, easy light.

 

Ort:
Kunstmuseum in der alten Post
Viktoriaplatz 1, 45468 Muelheim a. d. Ruhr
Germany

Architekt (Reconstruction 2007-2008):
Karsten Weber,
rheinfluegel baukunst, Dusseldorf

Photos:
Markus Lueck

Roman History, Illustrated with Light

 

The New Roman in Xanten

The new Roman Museum, part of the archaeological park Xanten was opened on the 16 August, 2008. The complex is a combination of an archaeological protective building and a Museum, including overall 1900 square metres of exhibition space. The Museum was raised on the foundation walls of the tremendous entry hall of an ancient Roman bathhouse. Form and dimensions of the new museum correspond approximately to the monumental entry hall with a height of 25 metres, which was probably one of the largest buildings in the Roman colony.

The exhibition is supported in form and content by graphical light arrangements. The historical context is illustrated with projections that quote text and symbols. In the upper part of the exhibition you will find a really spectacular arrangement of a projected Christian cross.
The cross seems to hover above the floor like a mystical vision. It suggests that this part of the exhibition should be considered in the context of change and Christianization of the Roman Empire
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Location:
LVR-RoemerMuseum
Siegfriedstrasse 39,
46509 Xanten, Germany

Client:
Landschaftsverband Rheinland

Architects:
Gatermann + Schossig, Cologne

Exhibition Design:
Atelier Brueckner, Stuttgart

Lighting Design:
Kress & Adams, Cologne

Graphic Light Projections:
Derksen Lichttechnik