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Installation view, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, 2021

WE DID NOT KNOW WHOM WE MEANT WHEN WE SAID WE

Two single channel video installation, vinyl plotting and one stereo sound work, 2021


Set in a high-diving swimming pool, a socialist modernist building, a group of artists are following the instructions of an Aqua-Aerobics coach. They had given her the task to form the group into a collective, through exercises in the water. The camera captures the individual reactions to the instructions above the surface of the water and the struggle underneath. In a state of voluntary floating, the responsibility of coming together as a collective is outsourced – to a coach that we never get to see, or, to the water itself? The video is accompanied by a reflection on imposed collectivity.

Collaborative work by Louis Hay, Franziska Koppmann, Jan-Luca Ott, Jonas Roßmeißl, Yara Saleh, Johanna Maj Schmidt, Stefania Smolkina, Su Yu Hsin, Max Wigger