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Transform - Exhibition
The exhibition is always free admission. No ticket is needed. For the concert at Kaiserbahnhof on 27.8 please pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The old loading ramp at Halber Bahnhof is history and new things have emerged from its demolition parts. The results of the art action "Transform" can be seen in the Esperanto station from August 27, the vernissage will take place from 5.45 p.m. - followed by a concert with the German-Sorbian singer-songwriter Lena Hauptmann, winner of the German Rock&Pop Award, and a dance party.
A total of eight artists from the Dahme-Spreewald district and beyond were selected after a call for entries, and they have been working on the ramp's material over the past few weeks. The ramp has to make way for a sewage treatment plant in the course of the conversion of the station into an international meeting place (Esperanto Stacio). The ramp has a strong symbolic power for the place, which should be rethought through the art action "Transform".
Andrea Grote from Kleinmachnow has been inspired by the many exciting stories surrounding the ramp: "Countless goods, military vehicles and furniture were loaded, coal delivered and wood," she reports. "The more than one hundred years that the ramp at the station has been used have left their traces on the paving stones and field stones of different sizes and on the concrete, which interest me in this project." The size and shape, the space the ramp occupied, has changed over time as the stones have been removed and demolished. "I followed this process through different media and recorded the different states," the artist says.
Erivān Phumpiú is from Lima, Peru, and now lives in Eichwalde. "Halbe undoubtedly has a very rich history," he says. "Part of that richness also lies in the small events that everyone who has ever been there has experienced in Halbe." At the demolition party a few weeks ago, he picked up some pieces of concrete. These pieces were the tools he used to create something new: "The lines carved into the surface of my working material owe their existence to the sharp edges of these chunks of concrete, which in turn were created from the end of a place that had been so useful and special in Halbe for so long."
Berlin-Mannheim artist Gabriele Künne found the mix of steel, wire, concrete, natural stone, brick and paving elements once used in the ramp surprisingly diverse. Many concrete chunks show different speckles at their breaking points, and the painting from the demolition party day also sets accents. The sculpture and object artist sets up her work directly in the exhibition space. She likes, she says, openly associative objects. She wants to leave the new connections between the initial parts visible.
Note: Admission to the vernissage is free. The concert is for invited guests only due to limited space at the Kaiserbahnhof. However, weather permitting, you can listen to the music from the garden. The event will take place in accordance with the current Corona regulations.