Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg 6 60311 Frankfurt, Germany,
3 Sep 2012
Title : Kunste zur Text Exhibition view © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt Photography: Norbert Miguletz
Website : www.schirn.de
Recording – labeling – playback. Frankfurt-based artist Michael Riedel has been investigating the issue of reproduction and repetition since his first actions for the legendary “Oskar-von-Miller-Strasse 16”, an art project he initiated at this Frankfurt address in 2000. This was the site of Riedel’s “Clubbed Clubs” and “Filmed Films” as well as of the “Freitagsküche” (Friday Kitchen), an event at the intersection of art and life that continues to this day. Riedel works with recorded conversations, films and performances, and with the exhibitions of other artists’ works. His creative method is based on the combination of these elements into ever new variations and on the transformation of one medium into another. Through the process of transcription, for example, Riedel transfers voice recordings into the visual realm, defamiliarizing and expanding them via technical means in order to ultimately reproduce them in a new reading or replay them. With KUNSTE ZUR TEXT the SCHIRN presents the first retrospective of Riedel’s work.