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Events 2002

Exhibition | Main Hall

Andreas Siekmann
The Exclusive Power. On the Policy of the Exclusive Fourth

Discussion with the press: Wednesday, 10 April, 11 a.m.
Exhibition opening: 7 p.m.

Andreas Siekmann (born in 1961, resident in Berlin) is showing his new project The Exclusive Power. On the Policy of the Exclusive Fourth in the Künstlerhaus. The Salzburg Kunstverein presented the artist in 1998 already as part of the project Public Space. Andreas Siekmann works with drawings, models and on projects largely concerned with the economic use of public space and the crossover effect resulting from questions of political security. His subjects are social conditions and questions of a social and political nature which should remain negotiable in fictitious and real stories. His exhibition is concerned with the acceptance of the increasing division of space into zones in which civic rights are limited, precarious working conditions are enforced or even decisions related to world politics and the economy are taken. Last summer Salzburg itself was able to experience this division into zones during the World Economic Forum. At school we learn that our modern civic society is based on the separation of powers between the legislature, jurisdiction, and the executive powers. Andreas Siekmann devotes this project to the fourth power, the excluding power which he refers to as the exclusive. The exhibition consists of two sections, the interior, from which observers are excluded, and the exterior with a four-part series of computer drawings. Four examples of the division into zones are treated in both rooms: in the interior Siekmann builds up four scenes with the usual furnishings of an art institution such as chairs, partitions, plinths and pedestals. In the exterior, the Circular Gallery, the two protagonists Dante and Virgil lead the observer through four sequences of stories. The subject groups of the computer drawings each take up one wall length, starting with the small wall on the right of the entrance to the Main Hall and the examples are: 1. The border, for example the border between Mexico and the USA. 2. A summit meeting and the obligatory area closed off by the police. 3. The sweat shop, the production site where clothing, shoes, electronic equipment etc. are produced under very questionable circumstances at extremely low costs, taking the example of a sweat shop on the Philippines. 4. The deportation centre at the airport in the Hall or in the Circular Gallery a camp for asylum seekers in the Australian desert. Andreas Siekmann draws our attention to what is frequently invisible in our society, and what people do not wish to be concerned with, for instance, when they go shopping. He makes the invisible visible.

An educational project organised by ARTgenossen (from the 5th class upwards) is taking place in conjunction with this exhibition. To register, please call 0664 4722588 or send an e-mail to artgenossen@gmx.at Photos, biography and press text can be downloaded under > presseinfo >> Andreas Siekmann.

Andreas Siekmann: The Exclusive Power. On the Policy of the Exclusive Fourth Computer drawing, 2002

Andreas Siekmann: The Exclusive Power. On the Policy of the Exclusive Fourth Computer drawing, 2002