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On the Threshold of Privacy. A German-Finnish-Danish public art project in Bruek, Germany. 24 September-16 October 2011

ON THE THRESHOLD OF PRIVACY is a public art project, that consists of three exhibitions in three small towns around the same theme in Germany, Denmark and Finland. The first part of the project is happening in the town of Brück, situated in the countryside of former East Germany 70 km south of Berlin. Nine artists from Germany, Denmark and Finland have been invited to develop a site-specific art project. – A Kassen (DK) / Christian Hasucha (D) / Minna Henriksson (F) / Marianne Jørgensen (DK) / Rita Leppiniemi (F) / Tea Mäkipää (F) / Pfelder (D) / Wooloo, DK / Simone Zaugg (D/CH). The artworks are a result of their research in public and private spaces working with people and houses in Brueck. The series of public and semi-public interventions take place along the main street of Brueck.

The project aims to examine the physical as well as mental space between what is very private and what is public. In the small town of Brück this border is clearly defined as the main road seem to be flanked by rather closed facades, doors and windows. You have to look hard to find openings, invitations to come and look inside more private, individual spaces. On the other hand this dividing territory is also where a lot of differentiating identities are tested, produced and displayed for the general public. So we are witnessing a complex space that on the one hand protects privacy and individuality from the public, and on the other hand where you mark your identity, where you define yourself in relation to bypassers, neighbors and town, you live in.

The individual art projects are going past these rather closed thresholds or façades to get to know more about what goes on inside. Looking for something more personal and private. But we are also interested in the architecture of this space, in between. In hospitality – where and how? And the relation between identity and public culture.

Due to demographic changes in Land Brandenburg after the breakdown of socialism there are shrinking populations and high rates of unemployment etc. The art works tell about the living spaces, history, traditions and social circumstances of the inhabitants of Brueck. A special interest during the three parts of the project will be to compare and modify the theme and to react according to different national environments and local social situations.

The project is organized by Kunstpflug e.V. in collaboration with POK – Platform for offentlig kunst og debat in Denmark and MUU – Arts Association in Finland, and curated by Susken Rosenthal, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen and Timo Soppela. (Text: Christian Skovbjerg Jensen / Susken Rosenthal)

ON THE THRESHOLD OF PRIVACY. A German-Finnish-Danish public art project in the small city Brueck in the south west of Land Brandenburg. 24 September – 16 October 2011. On the thresholds of privacy will continue in Denmark and Finland un 2012 and 2113.


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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