David Hahlbrock: Skyscraping
27 June – 28 July 2012
In the exhibition Skyscraping, German artist David Hahlbrock (b. 1980 in Koblenz) shows conceptual works that reveal the connections between architecture, technology, nature, society and art. The artist takes existing situations and artifacts and puts them, by way of technical manipulation, into new contexts. The video installations, collages, architectural models, photographs and sculptures scrutinize existing organizational structures and reference poetic constructions of our world in an associative and humorous way. The work Skyscraping is based on an aerial view taken by Alfred Nobel with a model rocket. The collage shows a village at the end of the 19th century with a high-rise building constructed from what must have been once a one-story house. In the video installation On Architecture, Hahlbrock paraphrases an historic etching taken from an 18th century economic encyclopedia into an allegory of modern architecture by way of animated colorations and digital montages. The video is projected on an area leaning on a wall. A Possible Forest consists of found tree crotches that Hahlbrock algorithmically put together. It alludes to the ambivalence of prevailing definitions of nature and culture. The sculptural ensemble For the Early Pioneers of Human Flight is a monument for the first passengers of a Montgolfier Balloon: a rooster, a duck and a sheep. In a separate room, the video installation Berlin Alexanderplatz, 27.07.2011, 11:38, a collaboration of David Hahlbrock and Robert Olawuyi, is projected on a curved screen. This documentary video is intended to be an experiment about the influence of the technical image on our perception and shows a very slow circular drive around the Fountain of International Friendship.