Rolf Giegold: “ Everything in Place ”
Location: Parkwächterhaus in Lietzenseepark
(2nd floor: Wundtstraße 39, 14057 Berlin)
Reception: Saturday, 11 November 2017
2:00 - 6:00 pm
The artist will be in attendance.
For time immemorial civilized peoples have been exerting their will over nature by twisting and forming it into sculpted gardens and parks. As part of this effort, rules are established to control the behavior in these organized landscapes according to the inclinations of their owners and masters. Part of this effort involves maintaining and patrolling these public spaces, a palpable occurrence still apparent in the narrative of the former Custodian’s House in Berlin’s historic Charlottenburg district. The custodian’s former residence now also serves as the stage for the artistic intervention “Everything in Place” by Berlin’s own Rolf Giegold (born 1970 in Erlangen in Germany’s Bavarian Region).
In his fourth solo exhibition with Emerson Gallery, Giegold presents a collection of public signs detailing the rules and regulations in effect in public parks around the world. Recreated as watercolor paintings, the signs encourage comparison not only of the norms governing public behavior internationally but also awareness of the similarities and differences in the ways such behavior is communicated across the borders of Europe, Asia and North America.
Giegold’s artistic intervention continues in a different form on the upper floor the historic garden house. There the artist confronts visitors with sound. In a subdued multi-channel installation, young girls‘ voices are heard reading official texts laying out the provisions of historic park regulations in painstaking terms. The spoken texts span the period from the last quarter of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century. The whispery voices take on an otherworldly aspect, highlighting not only the continuity and changes in public behavior but also the linguistic context in which such behavior is defined.
The exhibition is offered in support of the citizen’s initiative ParkHaus Lietzensee e.V. The group is driving the renovation of the historic custodian’s residence which is part of the Lietzenseepark landscaping protected as an architectural monument. Among other activities, the initiative has led a successful donation drive to fund the current renovation efforts. (Cf. www.parkhaus-lietzensee.de)
Due to the renovation, visitors of the exhibit are limited to groups of ten at a time. We appreciate your understanding under these circumstances.
Duration of the Exhibition:: 20 October – 14 November 2017
Viewing Hours: Saturday / Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 pm Monday / Tuesday / Friday 4:00 – 6:00 pm and by appointment