BETHANIEN RESIDENTS #2 - ASSAF GRUBER / by Alexander Hahn

BETHANIEN RESIDENTS #2 - ASSAF GRUBER 'Even better than the real thing': About 'Studies in Sculpture'

Rosalind Krauss mentions in her standard work on the meaning of sculpture "Lessing asserts that sculpture is an art concered with the deployment of bodies in space. And he continues, this defining spatial character must be separated off from the essence of those art forms, like poetry, whose medium is time."* Israeli artist Assaf Gruber, currently a resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, relates to this point of view, to understand how sculpture can structure film from within the frame.

Educated as a sculptor and video artist at Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at The HISK, (Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Ghent) in Belgium Gruber is working on the series “Studies in Sculpture” since 2004 exploring Krauss’s note that all bodies exist not only in space, but also in time. His screening at Salon Populaire takes the title from the U2 song from 1992 as a departure point to raise questions, desires and thoughts about our realities as constructed through cinema. What are we looking for? Satisfaction? Pleasure? And who actually cares about reality?

Salon Populaire partners with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien to showcase time-based works and special productions by the center’s artists in residence since May 2011. Künstlerhaus Bethanien promotes contemporary art and artists and is a center for 25 artists in residence. At the salon, they are invited to leave their studio practice and engage with an audience in an event open to their own interpretation.


* Rosalind Krauss, Passages in modern Sculpture, New York 1977.

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The 40 minutes screening starts at 8pm. Please be on time!