Jenny Brockmann:
Open Lab “Irreversible Moment”

Jenny Brockmann:
Open Lab “Irreversible Moment”

Schering Stiftung

Seat #12 with the research group “Irreversible Moment.” Schering Stiftung, 2016. © Jenny Brockmann. Photo: Sebastian Mayer.
June 21, 2016
Jenny Brockmann:Open Lab “Irreversible Moment”

June 24–July 24, 2016

Opening: Thursday, June 23, 7–9pm

Schering Stiftung / Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32–34
10117 Berlin
Hours: Thursday–Monday 1–7pm

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“The ‘Irreversible Moment’ is the point in a process after which nothing stays as it was before.” Berlin artist Jenny Brockmann uses these words to describe an instant, that is not easy to grasp, to which the exhibition Open Lab “Irreversible Moment” at the Schering Stiftung is devoted. The exhibition, curated by Nora Mayr, presents Jenny Brockmann’s artistic research of several years for the first time, a work emerging from cooperation between interdisciplinary experts from the fields of chemistry, physics, dance, and music. The starting point of her research is the causation behind fundamental changes in structures, spaces, political and personal situations, and for the sociopolitical significance of the “Irreversible Moment.”

In this context the Open Lab “Irreversible Moment” not only becomes a place to document the findings of previous investigations but also serves for the duration of the exhibition as an open laboratory, where visitors can participate in the research process at public lectures or in interdisciplinary workshops. For this Jenny Brockmann designs objects, architectural elements and information carriers, which carry out laboratory functions as well as opening a context for public discussion.

Jenny Brockmann creates works characterized by discursive aesthetics. Besides autonomous objects, Brockmann’s works are always instructive examples and illustrative models of her artistic research as well. In the form of sculptures, interactive spatial arrangements or outlines of thought, for years now the artist has been researching into dynamic, spatial and social processes as well as natural cycles. Brockmann’s works are the starting point for philosophical discourse and questions about patterns of human behaviour and social structures.

A project by Jenny Brockmann, curated by Nora Mayr, supported by Schering Stiftung.


In cooperation with WILLMS NEUHAUS STIFTUNG – Chance and Creation, Humboldt-Gymnasium Berlin-Tegel, Dr. Viktor Bedö (Tacit Dimension), Kevin Bethke (Institute of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp/Christina Landbrecht (Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Markus Georg (art mediator), Franka Herwig (accordionist), Andreas Menzel (Institute of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jeremy Wade (dancer, choreographer).

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“Chance and the ‘Irreversible Moment'”
Lecture by Horst Bredekamp / Working meeting of the WILLMS NEUHAUS FOUNDATION – Chance and Creation
July 2, 4–7pm, Schering Stiftung

Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp, art historian and representative of the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will examine the interfaces and meanings of chance and the “Irreversible Moment.” The event takes place at the invitation of the WILLMS NEUHAUS FOUNDATION – Chance and Creation, which has devoted its work to the interdisciplinary study of chance since 2013.

“Interpretations of the ‘Irreversible Moment'”
Public lecture evening
July 5, 7–9pm, Schering Stiftung
Moderator: Christina Landbrecht, Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Contributors: Kevin Bethke (Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Franka Herwig (accordionist),Andreas Menzel (Department of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), and Jeremy Wade (dancer, choreographer)

In the form of lectures, music performances and lecture performances the four participating research partners will provide insights into their individual approaches, and research findings about the “Irreversible Moment.”

“Field Research ‘Irreversible Moment'”
Interdisciplinary workshop, workshop leader: Viktor Bedö
July 9, 2–5pm, and July 15, 4–7pm, Schering Stiftung

The workshop is investigating the everyday manifestations of “Irreversible Moments.” Based on the theme of the exhibition, workshop participants will develop a working definition of the “Irreversible Moment” and become field researchers, capturing such moments as they experience them in their everyday lives. The workshop will consist of two sessions in the exhibition space and the individual collecting work as field researchers in the interim period. The results of this workshop will flow into the artist’s future research and will thus become part of the body of research on the “Irreversible Moment.” Exhibition visitors can participate in the research process as silent observers.

Five people can actively participate in the workshop (both dates required).


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