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.


The 16th venue of ETF! has been awarded unanimously the best international exhibition of 2017 in Chile by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

This station, which was shown from 10.6.17 – 12.8.17 at Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, was made possible by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Cono Sur, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and Goethe-Institute Chile and .

ETF! wants to thank all our artists, partners, technicians, helpers and everyone who made this possible.

Pictures of the exhibition can be seen here .


*****Join us on facebook******