Ordnung!

Ordnung! is a historical-artistic examination of found objects from forests between Bernau/Lobetal, Lanke and Biesenthal.
The forests in northern Brandenburg are full of remains of military regimes. Not visible at first glance and hidden in the idyllic natural reserve of Barnim, there are countless bunkers and abandoned military sites from the time of National Socialism, the Red Army and the National People’s Army (NVA).

A walk between the remains of the Koralle Bunker and its adjunct structures still sketches the life of the soldiers during the Second World War. Soldiers hiding in fear underground, eating their food from the same plates that are now broken and dirty next to the other remains of history. These mental images undoubtedly give this series a touch of drama, destruction and transience.

First, I discovered the bright white dishes that protruded sharply from the dark earth. It was only later that I found the rest of the landfill site filled with countless German artefacts.

The historical artifacts go through a cleaning process: derusting, polishing, sorting and reassembling. Through the cleaning process and reassembly, the objects become detached from their history and purpose and take on a new, parallel meaning.

Ordnung! was was first shown in the fall of 2020 at the Galerie Bernau as the part of “The Art of Peace” Exhibition Program.

Part I

Sep. 2018 | P490 XW 39 / 1 m2 Recovered, cleaned and burnished German bullet casings from 1939

Part II

Sep.-Oct. 2018 | 0,36m2. Broken German army crockery. Recovered in the north of Brandenburg, cleaned and assembled in a cube.

Part III

Oct.-Nov. 2018 | 0,41×0,55m. Steel sheet used as a shooting aim. Derusted and hand polished. Treated front side vs. untreated backside.

Part IV

Oct. 2019 | 3 blocks ~ 35X25X3 cm each. Remnants of gas masks partially encapsulated in resin blocks.

Part V

Sep. 2020 | 40x40cm. Recovered, cleaned and burnished blank cartridges.

Part VI

Sept. 2020 | 90x160cm. Hand-sewn wollen tapestry with ammunition and daily use objects.

Video

May-July 2020 | This video’s sound was created based on field recordings from the forest where the objects were found, as well as by the sound these objects make.

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