Project for the Demonstration of Archive
with Emilia Kabakov
CATALOGUE NUMBER: 172
Collection of Museum Wiesbaden.
Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Academy of Arts, Berlin), Berlin, Germany
Künstler.Archiv: Neue Werke Zu Historischen Beständen / Artist.Archive: New Works on Historical Holdings, June 19 to August 28, 2005
Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
On permanent display since 2006
CONCEPT OF THE INSTALLATION
Nine objects that remind us of “the eternal” are placed in the room (it is something like a sarcophagus). Light shines upward (light of “the past,” “memory,” of something very significant) from the center of each object. There are documents and archival materials lying in special niches along the perimeter of the “sarcophagus” and these are also illuminated, but more weakly than the light emanating from the center. The room does not have any additional lighting and is illuminated only via this vertical light being reflected from the ceiling.
The entire essence of the installation rests in the special atmosphere of mystery and concentration evoked by the effect of this lighting.