POLARITY / The Infrastructure of Memory
Art Installation by Samir Bhowmik + Performance by Markus König & Christoph Trojok
Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche – Berlin Exhibition: May – August 2019
The art installation builds upon the existing infrastructure of electrical objects placed on a wall in the crypt of the Klosterkirche. Currently, the existing wall contains electrical power devices (contained in glass boxes or vitrines) that manage and monitor the flow, distribution, and break of electricity. Similarly, new vitrines are placed alongside these with electronic devices and screens that manage and monitor a virtual re-construction of the church. These not only depict the internal architecture, wireframes and algorithms of the church (on a loop), but also calculate the real-time energy use of those digital actions. The entire installation is then framed by a golden carved frame. By this, the artwork transforms a mundane infrastructure into an anachronistic artistic object. It juxtaposes high voltages with low voltages, electrics with electronics as serving towards the fostering of cultural memory. While the electrical infrastructure supports the macro-tasks of lighting, power supply and pumps, the electronic infrastructure supports the micro-tasks of digital media. Nevertheless both their energy consumptions (on separate meters) are placed in parallel as a provocation to the audience to contemplate about energy use to maintain the infrastructure of memory.
by Markus König & Christoph Trojok
The art installation will be accompanied by a performance by Christoph Trojok and Markus König. They will use a LIDAR (Light detection and Ranging) scanning equipment to scan the Klosterkirche premises, the data of which will be transmitted to the installation. Screens within the installation will depict the internal architecture, wireframes and algorithms of the scanning processes and also calculate the real-time energy use of those digital actions.