As part of the project GLOBAL PRAYERS, Raumtausch investigates the transformation of a secular space into a religious space. Which transformation can be experienced during the process of appropriation? Which means and methods are used to stage the religious? Which interventions can be observed? Which elements and objects are used?
The artistic-research project RAUMTAUSCH by Dorothea Nold and Magdalena Kallenberger focuses on religious movements and communities from different christian backgrounds that founded dependancies in Berlin within the last years. These groups are celebrating their service either in secular spaces (café, cinema, nightclub etc.) or as temporary guests in spaces that belong to other communities and churches. All of them are involved in national and global networks and interacting locally with Berlin based social projects.
Exploring the sacred
On video we are documenting how a secular space immerse into a religious space. Which transformation can be experienced during the process of appropriation? Which means and methods are used to stage the religious? Which interventions can be observed? Which elements and objects are used?
The hypothetical initiation of the performance Raumtausch serves as starting point to get in touch with the communities.
Documenting the undocumentable
We collect and we observe. We document our observations and reflections with video and sound. Questioning the role of the artist as a researcher, we are leaving the path of scientific measurability and category-analysis by transforming our research material into a mixed-media installation.
Project Partners: Every Nation Church, Berlinprojekt, ICF Berlin, Taizé Gebetskreis, Jesus Freaks Berlin
“Drei Stunden dreissig Minuten bis siebzehn Uhr” // Every Nation Kirche bei Rocks Berlin / HD 12’40
“Drei Stunden dreissig Minuten bis siebzehn Uhr” // ICF Friedrichshain im Lovelite / HD 12’00
“Zwei Stunden fünfundvierzig Minuten bis elf Uhr” // Berlinprojekt im Kino Babylon / HD 12’45
Long exposures with the pinhole camera
RAUMTAUSCH was exhibited at “The Urban Cultures of Global Prayers” Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) Berlin November 12, 2011–January 8, 2012 and Camera Austria Graz January 28, 2012–April 1, 2012. Extracts got presented at “Global Prayers Theme Days”, 22. – 26.02. Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.
The project Global Prayers – Redemption and Liberation in the City – is a transdisciplinary, transregionally comparative research and cultural project which was initiated by metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs e. V. and is executed jointly by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Europa-Universität Viadrina in collaboration with metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs e. V.