Zwischenbericht – Berliner Schöpfung


Visitors’ streams of ideas and the river Panke, which flows
near the Uferhallen, are the subject of a Berliner Schöpfung,
a creative drawing of water. Visitors are invited to clean their
streams of ideas as well as water from the Panke by enriching
it through swirling with oxygen and then clean it on site with a
filter. Materials such as charcoal, sand, gravel (in German, all
slang words for money), straw, sand, mud (garbage thoughts)
are used in their directness to give space to the drinking and
sewage water discourse of the city in its segmentation and complexity.
Ultraviolet rays clean the water to make it drinkable.
The water’s ability to remember substances dissolved in it functions
as lastingly and precisely as our memory which stores all
experience, without bias.
This is why at the same time as the water is filtered, sound
filters with recordings of the streaming Panke, taken at five different
points, invite visitors to filter their thoughts. The sound
filters reduce visual stimuli and channel the sound of the flowing
water of the river Panke. Sound can change the information
that is stored in the water. Is it possible to create stimuli of
thinking through the process of filtering—stimuli that help us
to cleanse ourselves from what is superfluous? Can the sound of
the river Panke influence our thoughts? The goal is to increase
the resolution ability of the inner eye with the aid of the Panke’s
current. The cleansed water can be tasted. New ideas, possibly
about the topic of water, can be articulated and discussed. For
the duration of the exhibition, the city river will store its coarser
substances in a piece of felt with an integrated filter. After
the exhibition, the pieces of felt marked by the river’s sand, together
with the pure water, will go to public and private institutions
in Berlin that are directly responsible for making water
available, and for its large-scale consumption. There, the presence
of fragments from the river’s water from the action can remind
people that the water in Berlin should be freely available
to all citizens.
The idea of drawing and filtering an elementary resource in
a moderate way, independently and without authorization, is
transferrable to other places and people. It is necessary to act
wherever the question is raised whether private corporations
can, as a matter of course, take long-term possession of the
availability, abundance and purity of the elixir water.

Fr. 13. July to Su. 15. July ETF! welcomes the summer holidays and says goodbye from Bonn

Friday, 13 July 2018, 16.00 to 24.00 h Artificial walks, bed sheet cinema under stars, clogs and clowns

Saturday, 14 July, 14.00 hrs Family Tours and Planting Campaign

July 15, 11.30 a.m.
Finissage tour with individual ETF! artists from the region


The 17th edition of ETF was opened on April 18th in Bonn.

Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

NEW Duration: 19.4.-15.7.2018

Opening times:
Wed-Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 5pm
also on bank holidays

Free Entry!

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)


ETF! was awarded "Best international exhibition in Chile in 2017" by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

Pictures of ETF! 2017 in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile can be seen here .


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