Between November 2014 – October 2015 «Drop City, Newcastle» presented eight exhibitions in our permanent gallery at 20 South Street.
As our location in Newcastle closed for redevelopment, we took the opportunity to explore alternative ways to open up diverse and dynamic potential for our activities and engagement with the city and beyond. Working in a peripatetic and collaborative capacity with regional and international initiatives, institutions, museums and art fairs across North East England, London, Vienna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid and Antwerp we were able to forge an exciting and responsive programme drawing on our multifaceted practices and relationships.
Drop City, Newcastle
at 20 South Street
For their show and performance SOFT REVOLUTION at Drop City, Düsseldorf artists Markus Karstieß and Christian Jendreiko use the principle of ‘tensegrity’, (conceived by Buckminster Fuller and based on the inventions of his student Kenneth Snelson), to develop an original string instrument, two metres in size.
During their performance, Karstieß and Jendreiko will set this ‘force diagram in space’ this ‘helical happening’, this ‘frozen event, that is lifted directly from the vocabulary of an all-motion universe’ (Kenneth Snelson) alongside a set of real-time-actions, drawn thoughtfully from the same source and fixed in a graphic score based on original drawings by Buckminster Fuller for the Buddhist Goddess-Of-Mercy Temple in Penang and the Gliderfoil Pendulum Catamaran.
The performance could be seen as a process of a permanent, but ‘soft’ revolution, wherein the instrument becomes a tool for the performers and the performers become a tool for the instrument, and coalesced into an interacting and reciprocal centre, collectively demonstrating the innate facility of the universe for organising forces in space.
Please join us on Saturday 1 August from 2-5pm for live performances of new compositions
Markus Karstieß (1971, Haan) is a German sculptor. He studied Fine Arts with Jannis Kounellis at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and from 2008 – 2012 curated the Kunstverein Schwerte alongside Christian Freudenberger. He is currently professor at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and has had solo exhibitions in the UK with Ancient & Modern, London; MIMA, Middlesbrough and the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as well as group exhibitions at The Northern Charter, Newcastle and Eastside Projects in Birmingham. He has recently collaborated with the Whitechapel Gallery for an exhibition with NEON, Athens.
Christian Jendreiko (1969, Recklinghausen) studied Media Sciences with Friedrich Kittler at the Ruhr University, Bochum. He is working on the design of ‘Instrumentalaktionen’ in the form of verbal notations and has been invited by museums, galleries and institutions all over the world to realise his notations in the form of performances/actions.
In 2003 a set of his compositions were included into the collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. For the last thirty years Jendreiko has been collaborating with Stefan Werni on the duo Werni & Jendreiko developing their shared concept of ‘Spekulative Elektronik’ (‘Speculative Electronics’). Since 1998 he has been a member of the Düsseldorf-London-based artist group hobbypopMUSEUM.
Jendreiko was visiting professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nuremberg and is currently teaching at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf.
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