9 SEP—12 DEC 2020
Special opening hours Berlin Art Week: 9—13 SEP, 11am—6pm
Opening hours after Berlin Art Week: Sat 11am—2pm
Opening 8 SEP, 5—9pm
On the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2020, Fluentum is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the artist Christian Jankowski entitled Sender and Receiver. For the exhibition, Christian Jankowski appropriates probably the most famous pair of classical communication theory: sender and receiver, inevitable in the act of exchanging information of any kind. At the same time, he examines what lies in between—the moment of transmission—which determines the outcome of a successful dialogue or its ultimate failure. This fragile as well as productive threshold will be addressed by a selection of new or rarely shown works within the exhibition.
At the centre of the show resides the latest video work of the eponymous title Sender and Receiver (2020), co-produced with Fluentum. In it, the artist temporarily gives so-called essential workers a platform via selected TV formats to publicly share their personal experiences and impressions of a life reality which has been altered by the pandemic. In this way, idiosyncratic narratives emerge, which for this brief moment linger over the otherwise intact world of everyday television as a complex layer.
With Everyday Tasks—Sphere of the Gods (2019), Fluentum presents for the first time a work that is not solely dedicated to moving images. As part of this installation, a free-standing washing machine is located in the main room, where guests were invited to clean their work-specific clothes, thus combining a visit to the exhibition with their laundry day. The machine interacts directly with a sculpture available for hanging up the laundry, and which will change its shape again and again during the course of the exhibition due to its use by the visitors. Usually known as a solitary figure unimpressed by its environment, the sculpture is placed in a renewed, pragmatic context.
Other works in the exhibition take up various aspects of the transitional period, for example in the form of travel and hence the physical crossing of borders. Global Membership (2019), an installation consisting of elaborately designed suitcases, was originally commissioned for the new London headquarters of Soho House. Through the pandemic’s perception filter, it now points, among other things, to the concrete effects of usually constantly moving globetrotters on the worldwide companies and networks that flourish through them.
Christian Jankowski (*1968) lives and works in Berlin. Since 2005 he holds a professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. His works range from conceptual art to performance art, for which he uses a variety of media and genres, such as film, video and photography as well as painting, sculpture and installation. Jankowski initiates collaborations between the visual arts and other professional worlds (such as religion, politics and entertainment). His works are part of the collections of Metropolitan Museum, New York, Tate, London and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among others. Jankowski has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently at joségarcia, mx, Merida (2020), Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2019), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019), Yokohama Triennial (2017) and Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (2016). In 2016 he curated the 11th edition of Manifesta, which was held in Zurich under the title What People Do For Money.
The work Sender and Receiver will be shown in parallel at the 2nd edition of the Bangkok Biennial Escape Routes in autumn 2020, in which Christian Jankowski is participating.
A catalogue by KERBER Verlag will be published alongside the exhibition.