Silvia Lorenz

 




Raumkapsel/ space capsule, 2011


Ein kugelförmiger Flugkörper ist im Galerieraum aufgeschlagen. Der Pilot hat sich per Schleudersitz gerettet und ist verschwunden. Die Kapsel macht einen desolaten Eindruck. Verstreut liegen einige andere Bauteile.


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A desolate space capsule hit the small gallery room. The pilot seems to have left using the ejector seat. Different other fragments are assembled around it. In the short film “Lunik leaks” (2011, 1:35 min) a female protagonist is working in and on an equally desolate space station.

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Satelittes -  2011


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Die Installation nimmt Anstoß an den Aufzeichnungen des nahezu vergessenen slowenischen Erfinders Herman Potočnik (1892-1929). Er berechnete schon 1928 den geostationären Orbit (etwa bei 36 km Höhe), auf dem bis heute alle Kommunikationssatelliten um die Erde kreisen.  Die acht verschiedenen Satelliten bestehen überwiegend aus Altmetall und Metallresten. Sie erinnern an zahlreiche nicht mehr gebrauchte Objekte im All, die als Weltraumschrott zum Problem auf dieser Umlaufbahn geworden sind.

This swarm of satellites was a sculptural hommage to the great Slovenian inventor Herman Potocnik (1892-1929), the first man to calculate the geostationary earth orbit (in 1928!) at around 36km height. This orbit is the highway for all satellite traffic. The eight satellites in the installation are made from reused metal and metal leftovers. They are reminders on the multitude of out-of-use objects in space, man made space junk on an endless cruise.




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Zwischenfall (überarbeitet)/ Incident (reworked), 2010

The sculptural installation takes up one part of a monument located in the centre of Berlin, Friedrich Engels from the statue at the Marx-Engels Forum (named after the monument). The starting point for the new version was a reflection about the monuments’ translocation – as it is kept in a series of photographs (1975-1986) by Sibylle Bergemann. Every movement puts the original value on discussion. Marx’ and Engels’ philosophical writings are very much up-to-date facing the worldwide economical crisis . Just then, in 2010, the monument was removed from the original position to the end of the Forum. Now it is waiting hidden under some limetrees to make space for a new Metro entrance. It is set to witness the long announced reconstruction of Berlin’s Prussian city castle.

Both actions are confronted with each other In the short film “2010. Trailer” (2011, 1:59min) – the transport of the sculpture and the actual removal of the Marx-Engels-Monument in September 2010.