super bien! Berlin - Greenhouse for Contemporary Art shows site-specific installations in public space that are visible 24/7. With the fully transparent structure of the space, a permanent interaction and confrontation with fluctuating influences of the environment is thematized and implemented in a variety of ways in the super bien! projects. The dynamic dissolution of the boundaries of material space seeks integration instead of control and a sensitive, non-hierarchical perception of natural as well as artistic processes in social space: access to art is barrier-free for visitors in every respect. The Greenhouse for Contemporary Art is located on a former schoolyard site in Mitte, 250 meters south of Mauerpark. In the immediate vicinity of the greenhouse stands a striking linden tree. Its vegetal rhythm in the seasons significantly shapes the overall appearance of the installations in the transparent super bien! greenhouse. The courtyard around super bien! is repeatedly included in site-specific conceptions and performances. This includes the two (formerly three) historic flagpoles that flanked the daily schoolyard roll calls during the GDR era. As a significant aspect of the site, its history is activated and transformed. The non-commercial project space was founded in 2006 and is currently directed by the artist Elisabeth Sonneck.
Four exhaust pipes penetrate the roof elements of the exhibition space. Attached to these pipes are open furnaces made of concrete, in which coal from southern Poland is burned. As a result of the combustion, air is drawn in from the exhibition space and directed outside through the chimneys. This process stimulates a constant circulation of air in the room: air is sucked in and released. Due to the constant decimation of the coal industry, the image of the smoking chimneys, which for decades characterized an entire landscape, disappears. The installation performs a final act: the combustion of a forgettable, harmful and scarce material.
For 2022, Max Brück received a travel grant from the Hessische Kulturstiftung. His destination: the coal mining areas in Upper Silesia around Katowice in Poland: For decades, the region produced the heating energy for an entire country. Heat, work, and the process of heating not only shape the landscape to this day, but also created a collective memory. In 2022, this is facing a massive change: climate agreements and the limitation of fossil fuels demand a radical closure of the mines.
The installation Abluft transforms this theme and the research conducted during Max Brück's stays in Poland into a performative event for the opening. Abluft is the 6th project in this year's superbien! exhibition series Related To Transition.
Notes on Accessibility and Infection Control :
Seating : Long bench overlooking the project space, plus additional benches for the event.
Age groups : Suitable for all ages.
Languages : Suitable for all languages.
Wheelchair users | Strollers : Welcome. Completely barrier-free access.
Hard of hearing and deaf people : Format is accessible.
Neurodiversity : We provide attention and care.
Blind people : We are happy to talk so that the person can participate in the installation and action.
Disinfectants are available. There is no mask requirement.