black holes are so heavy that if you could fill a bucket with matter it would weigh more than the earth


the text above was found by googling for the three words "black hole bucket". in the internet as anywhere else, one cannot know if the text is true or not. so we have to take it for what it is  -  a possible truth


in this case it makes an odd comparison between a black hole, something very abstract, and a bucket, something very common and down to earth. and everybody can relate to the weight and size of a bucket filled with water by personal experience. the comparison is really between the weight and size of normal matter on earth and of compressed matter under the extreme gravitational forces supposedly existing inside of black holes.


so the text tries to explain the difference in a relative way, but somehow any information about outer space seems to stay unbelievable or abstract no matter how hard i try to understand...







black holes are so heavy - r.e.m. umtrieb gallery, kiel january 2008


the text is written on a freshly renovated wall with no paint on it. the open structure of the surface was light grey and the letters were white adhesive plastic letters with a blank surface. a black construction bucket was hanging down from the ceiling about 2 meters away from the text. a bare lightbulb on a black rubbery electrical cable was lighting the scene. the gallery just moved into a new space, and had to renovate a lot. the exhibition was the first one in the new space, and the construction was still going on in the rest of the building. i asked for the walls not to be painted, but for the wooden floor to be perfectly renovated and shiny. the title of the show was r.e.m. and used abstract images like the ones we see in dreams. r.e.m. is a scientific term for the periods of deep sleep in which we dream a lot, causing our eyes to move behind the closed eyelids. r.e.m. is short for rapid eye movement. but to many people it is also the name of a pop band. the exhibition dealt with these kinds of double associations.






black holes are so heavy - 0101, berlin october 2007





- halbe documenta-

an art-show in a greenhouse

A short walk away from the former Stasi-HQ in Berlin-Lichtenberg in Gotlindestrasse 44 the artists of poliflur engage in the preservation and the removing of a 600sqm greenhouse built in 1998. The transparent structure hosts an exhibition in September and October 2007, featuring 70 artists.

The exhibition 01/01 makes historical reference to Documenta, but is to be understood as an autonomous sculpture project. The exhibition cube inside the greenhouse continues the idea of the classic modern exhibition space and seeks to expand it. The 'white cell' is not removed but connected to the world outside, putting itself into an everyday context. The artworks will not be shown within it, but around it, scattered over the greenhouse. The greenhouse isn't a site for production but transformed into a metaphorical biosphere. 
However, it isn't a scientific Interpretation, visiting the greenhouse becomes a picture of a journey through a metaphorical self.

Every fortnight the exhibition will grow - More artists will present their works every fortnight during September and October - with the last day the exhibition will culminate, which we are looking forward to celebrate especially.

current information on -aktuelle Information- 

Sept/9. - Oct/28. 2007
Adress: Gotlindestraße 44, Berlin-Lichtenberg
Opening: Saturday, Sept/8. 2007 4 p.m. 
further openings: Sept/22.,23. Oct/ 6.,7. Oct/20.,21. 4 p.m. 
open: Saturdays 4 p.m. - 0 a.m.
Sundays 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
during the Kunstherbst from Sept/29. to Oct/3. open daily 11a.m. - 8 p.m.
Finissage: Saturday Oct/ 28. 2007 4p.m. -0.a.m.
and by appointment #49-173-9527662

01/01 Anke Westermann/Ludger Drunkemühle with:
Robert Abts, Carla Åhlander, Stefka Ammon, Atelier Havelblick (Gabriele Konsor + Roland Eckelt), Anke Becker, Matti Blind, Heiner Blumenthal, Lis Blunier, Claudia Busching, Johannes Buss, Olav Cordes, Henrike Daum, Nina Doege, Johanna Domke, Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout, Kerstin Gottschalk, Swaantje Güntzel, Tarje Eikanger Gullakson, Birgit Haase, Doris Hansen, Can Henne, Birgit Hölmer, Franziska Hufnagel, Sofia Hultén, Hervé Humbert, Jakob Jensen, Daniel Janik, Lars Jordan, Karen Koltermann, Delia Keller, Annette Kisling, Andreas Koch, Friederike von Koenigswald, Wolf von Kries, Jin Lie, Sammlung Luetzow, Reiner Maria Matysik, Stefanie Mayer, Lutz-Rainer Müller, Thomas Neumann, Hannes Norberg, Yvonne Paul, Lucy Powell, Judith Raum, Inken Reinert, Karin Rosenberg, Susken Rosenthal, Janine Sack, Thyra Schmidt, Jörn Schulz, Thomas Seidemann, Christian Sievers, Gabriele Stellbaum, Thea Timm, Matthias Thelen, Johanna Thompson, Michael Wagener, Astrid Weichelt, Gernot Wieland, Runhild Wirth, Christof Zwiener, LandKunstLeben.



text on greenhouse wall, plastic bucket

0101 project, gotlindestrasse 44,  berlin-lichtenberg, october 2007


curated by anke westermann and ludger drunkemühle




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