Takeover. Plastic Catches Mushroom

Gropius Bau

Press release from 27 May 2021

Kick-off for the project Takeover with Roberta Busechian and Tue Greenfort on the south terrace outside the Gropius Bau

7 June to 29 August 2021

“I wish mushrooms could be used to fight pollution.” – Alexandra, Wilma and Lilly, Picasso primary school
“I wish you could hear a tune when you see an artwork.” – Etienne, Picasso primary school
“I am alive. I am diverse. I am a living organism.” – Adrijan, Picasso primary school

Looking at the world and understanding it through children’s eyes – the exhibition Takeover tries to do just that. It is a partnership between the Gropius Bau and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, the cultural foundation of Berliner Sparkasse. Dark spaces, exhibition as play, the interaction between light and water, movement and shadow, the interplay between sounds and nature: such themes have been chosen by primary school students in Berlin, who are curating their own shows with works by Berlin-based artists.

The launch is on 7 June 2021 with Takeover. Plastic Catches Mushroom, an exhibition curated by the Picasso Grundschule on the south terrace of the Gropius Bau. New works by Roberta Busechian and Tue Greenfort, the artists chosen by this primary school, offer a sensory experience of nature and sound.

Roberta Busechian (*1990, Trieste, Italy) has created three sound installations from recordings of the ground, of walking and of the sky compiled by the students. The themes result from locating the installation on the south terrace. Loudspeakers have been set in the grass, at eye level in the humanoid form of a lamp, and on the branches of a tree, and these play back the atmospheric compositions in a loop. The installation can be enjoyed during the opening times of the Gropius Bau.

With Tue Greenfort (*1973, Holbæk, Denmark) the kids explored the natural environment in their immediate urban neighbourhood. They found mushrooms in the school yard and cultivated their own. A sculpture made of separate parts was filled with the spores of oyster mushrooms and distributed across the south terrace of the Gropius Bau. The mushrooms will grow through the disc-like sculptures for as long as the exhibition lasts. Visitors can sit and rest on the works and even try the mushrooms (at their own risk). In the centre of the square – where the permanent interactive sound installation Unterton by Ina Geissler and Fabian Lippert can also be heard – another sculpture points out the links between nature and culture. For 1 Kilo PET the kids collected empty plastic water bottles until the plastic weighed as much as the contents (1 litre). Greenfort shrank these not very sustainable containers by melting them down and displays them on a concrete ring like those used for underground water pipes.

Mushroom versus plastic or mushroom as plastic – can you actually hear nature growing? That is the big question that visitors to the exhibition project Takeover. Plastic Catches Mushroom are asked to think about. We warmly invite you to the digital opening on Sunday, 6 June 2021. After words of welcome by Stephanie Rosenthal (director of the Gropius Bau) and Bianca Richardt (Board of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor) and a short film about the art, the kids will speak to open their exhibition. [Participating curators will be available for interviews afterwards.]

“I am always impressed by the pleasure and energy the children put into developing this exhibition with the artists – it is a marvellous, important part of our museum programme.” – Stephanie Rosenthal, Director of the Gropius Bau

“Educating children in aesthetics enables them to participate in cultural life and encourages the growth of a democratic, diverse society. We are delighted that this project involves them so closely in the everyday routines of an exhibition venue.” – Bianca Richardt, Board of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

More details

Roberta Busechian (*1990, Trieste, Italy) is a sound artist and researcher. She has lived in Berlin since 2014, lecturing in the theory and practice of sound art and in sonic activism. Her curiosity about listening and its effects inpired her work with common aggregation points in physical space. She also explores the technological potential of live streaming and time shifts between urban spaces connected virtually. Roberta Busechian’s performances and installations are exhibited in Europe and the United States.

Tue Greenfort (*1973, Holbæk, Denmark) studied art in Odense and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (with Prof. Thomas Bayrle). His work, which draws on a variety of artistic media, is situated within the triangle formed by humans, nature and the environment. Individual and group shows have established his international reputation. From 2011 to 2013 he taught at Funen Art Academy in Odense. Tue Greenfort lives and works in Denmark and Berlin.

Digital opening on Sunday, 6 June 2021 at 15:00: https://kbb-eu.zoom.us/j/92325798777?pwd=UG5VdFN3U1o5NHRUa2pINi94Y2FXdz09

The exhibition will be brought to life by a wide range of education programme, soon to be listed at gropiusbau.de/takeover and www.stiftungbrandenburgertor.de/project/kinder-kuratieren_takeover.

Exhibitions based on partnerships with other schools will follow in autumn 2021.

The project Kids curate_Takeover, a partnership between the Gropius Bau and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, enables primary school students in Berlin to experience the journey from making art to designing an exhibition and to manage it for themselves. School students participating in the programme Max – Artists in Residence at Primary Schools set up by Stiftung Brandenburger Tor and the University of the Arts in Berlin have been visiting the Gropius Bau regularly since the start of the school year 2019/2020, getting to know the work flow, processes and professions involved in an exhibition venue and ultimately creating their own exhibition. www.stiftungbrandenburgertor.de/project/kinder-kuratieren_takeover

Cooperation partner:
Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, the cultural foundation of Berliner Sparkasse

Educators: Hans Youssuf Kiesler, Kolja Kohlhoff, Merle Richter
Curatorial management: Julia Moritz
Project lead at the Gropius Bau: Jenny Sréter
Project lead at Stiftung Brandenburger Tor: Caroline Armand
Project lead at Picasso Grundschule: Silke Kästner
Participating Schools: Carl-Humann-Grundschule, 48. Grundschule, Heinrich-von-Stephan-Gemeinschaftsschule, Picasso Grundschule

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