Bürger Spiel 03, 2010
installation, 6-channel audio installation
Galerie FLUT, Bremen - in cooperation with René Block, 2010
A local condition and fragments, individual moments in everyday life, are the framework. The rules are the interlocking and shifting of assertions and truths, the exposure to them, the losing of oneself (oneself and something), the reaching out of the hand to the perception in front of the mind, the withdrawal of it and the leaving of both. Who makes the rules? You or me?
(...) Doris Weinberger's exhibition is entitled "Bürger Spiel" ("Citizen Game") and, under this open title, opens a series of perceptual possibilities that grow richer the less they can be seen at first glance, because the actual axes of vision in which we can usually assume art are dramatically empty. Instead, the white of the White Cube shines unbroken and floodlit. Below or above these assumed lines of sight, however, pipe systems run in a straight line in a doubling of plastic-like grey inner water pipes and copper-plated pipes, as we know them from heating systems. Unplastered and obvious, they give the room a light construction site character, especially as the tube systems could well have practical functions. It is as if Doris Weinberger takes the now art-scientifically accepted concept of installation literally and returns it to its parallel meaning in plumbing. In its original Latin meaning, however, installare means "to put something in place", "to use it", but also "to enthrone it", thus fluctuating between profane or technical action and ritualized exaltation. In the field of art it is precisely the ready made, the ordinary object that can be represented by an installation and thus only becomes artistic, like these tubes, which behave quite appropriately in both the spatial and the artistic system, i.e. they do not occupy the space and do not appear particularly eccentric.
Instead they sound, at least the plastic parts at whose exits small loudspeakers are mounted, while the heating pipes imagine warmth without warming and thus touch the citizen in us in the "citizen game" quite accordingly. Because the citizen likes it to be a little homey. However, "Bürger Spiel" becomes really dramatic through the sound, which now plays its proper role in the minimalism of the room installation and also outshines the warmth. On one side of the installation there is a "Mensch ärgere dich nicht" - match whose sounds are alienated by jubilation and disappointment. On the other hand, a text is quietly read out, a guide to the production of explosives, written by a certain Johann Most at the end of the 19th century to encourage the intended arming of citizens. Here, then, is the private thrill of a bourgeois cube war, which has already temporarily driven some families into disarray, there is the public thrill of a possible bourgeois terror. These 17-minute loops are regularly interrupted by the noisy armies of crusaders, the first allies against the infidels of Islam, who point out that compared to today's terror it was the other way around. These acoustic crusaders in the edited sound of historical films are, so to speak, the first citizens and aristocrats to practise terror, and so when you listen to them for a long time, walk through the tubes and stroll around in space, the "citizen game" becomes a private, public and historical terror, which is ultimately our terror and could give us food for thought in our Taliban and Islamophobia and at the same time security fanaticism.
Even if today there is hardly any talk of the citizen, but rather of a so-called social centre of the so-called high performers, the bourgeoisie survives as a political and historical constant, which is articulated here in the pipe system. In its double of inner and outer heat, it becomes tangible, mediated by the aesthetic visibility of minimalism in the white cube, and even if we knew nothing of the foundations of sound, this concentrated event of exemplary visual and acoustic experience remains an open game in which we citizens participate in an emancipatory sense.