“Ein Loch weben” is the second in a programme of exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut, Dublin entitled “The German School”. The series is an initiative of Professor Gerard Byrne and the Film Class at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and the Goethe-Institut Irland.
For this exhibition, students and faculty Benedikt Ackermann, Jack Brennan, Jing Lin, Louis Hay, Bernhard Schreiner, and Gerard Byrne present “Ein Loch weben”. The phrase which describes weaving a structure around an empty centre to form a series of overlapping connections across different practices. Combined, these different practices start to form a structure.
Ackermann’s video works collectively titled “Monday Morning” are dispersed throughout the language school. The work results from a process of accessing, and harvesting web-cam footage from cities like Frankfurt am Main, or Dublin, which are compiled here and presented as an uncanny return.
Brennan’s “Wholistic Sleaze” combines a historical account of the legality of wood pilfering in Germany, matter-of-factly displayed alongside a crude wooden chain which both corroborates and disturbs the text.
Lin’s video installation “Shiny Dusk” chronicles the financial stakes in Bride dowries in China, the volatile value of gold, and the poetics of embodiment in a digital age.
Hay’s essay film “Fog” surveys, and synthesises recent film history, metaphor, abstraction, plasticity and the conditions of cognition in information culture.
Schreiner presents a dispersed installation of ceramics. These ceramic elements resemble spores and mushrooms emerging disturbingly from the walls of the Goethe-Institut.
Byrne’s works are from the photographic series “Kodak’s Wratten Filter System” reflecting Kodak’s central role in commercialising colour.
Presented around and amidst “Ein Loch weben” are other works, the remnants from the previous exhibition in the series, “Drawing”. Layering one exhibition over the previous one produces a palimpsest of sorts. Works by Hyun Jung Choi, Gabriele Rendina Cattani, and Arthur Stachurski migrate and reappear in different parts of the whole building complex.
“The German School” is presented by the Goethe-Institut Irland in collaboration with the Städelschule as part of the cultural programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Ireland.
Supported by the Städelschule Portikus e.V.