Alexandra Berlinger / Martin Wagner: SHE SHOOTS, HE SHOOTS (CONSUMPTION-FREE ZONE)
14.—22.06. 12:00–12:30, 17:00–17:30
23.06. 12.00–12.30, last relocation: 18:00–19:00
Neumarkt, tram stop “Neumarkt”
The Neumarkt is Cologne’s main drug-dealing centre — in the middle of the central shopping zone. Last year the police presence was drastically increased and many of the hiding-places used to consume drugs were made inaccessible. Alexandra Berlinger and Martin Wagner make this repression visible by mapping the provisional architectures to prevent drug consumption and erecting a wooden box in the middle of the Neumarkt similar to those used elsewhere to cover up stairwells used to consume drugs. The box is flanked by an adapted version of an advertisement for Kölsch — an addictive substance that gives an entire city society its identity – that has protected monument status. This is an experiment about desire and addiction, intoxication, fear and repression and the question of why and how society distinguishes between legal and illegal consumption.
Alexandra Berlinger studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. From 2002 to 2016 she constituted the company tat ort together with Wolfgang Fiel. tat ort engaged in the critical investigation of specific situations from which they developed artistic interventions using the widest possible range of media, methods and forms of collective participation. tat ort won the BMUKK Emerging Visual Artist Award in 2008. Alexandra Berlinger’s work has been shown most recently at the Palais Thurn und Taxis in Bregenz, the Südtiroler Künstlerbund in Bozen, at the Kunsthaus Vienna and at EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Martin Wagner studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna and the Universität Wien. He has been a founder member of the [ dy‘na:mo ] group of artists (since 1996) and the Vienna art and music club Fluc (since 2002). His artistic practice includes installations and performances with sound and light as well as projects in public spaces. He has curated numerous exhibitions at Fluc and in public spaces.