wagner martin &  tremmel victoria, STATUS QUO VADIS
 wagner martin &  tremmel victoria, STATUS QUO VADIS
 wagner martin &  tremmel victoria, STATUS QUO VADIS
 wagner martin &  tremmel victoria, STATUS QUO VADIS
 wagner martin &  tremmel victoria, STATUS QUO VADIS
 

wagner martin & tremmel victoria


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STATUS QUO VADIS



The artists Viktoria Tremmel and Martin Wagner engage with the symbolism of power and powerlessness in their installation in public space, and attempt, with an intervention, to demonstrate the broad spectrum of the topic at a location that has always been considered a threshold. The location is the first doorway on the Bettlerstiege, which was viewed historically as a connecting element between the abbey and the local population. In this sense, the two artists reference the place itself and its history. The title describes the crossing of a border as well as being conceived as both an instruction and an invitation: the visitors are invited to take a piece, to participate and so to alter the installation. Thirty of the T-shirts were red and bore the words (in German) "the boundary of your naked body penetrates the threshold of its own power", while the words covering another thirty lilac T-shirts translate as saying "slipping under the skin, what remains is the power, which is spreading, to find a language". The use of a total of 600 T-shirts resulted in a sculptural textile volume as a support for text, and consisting of many separate elements. Everybody was invited to take a T-shirt for themselves, to slip into it and so to expand the radius of the performance. In this way Viktoria Tremmel and Martin Wagner created a happening consisting of statements and counter-statements. Imagination and certainties in a critical reception impact on one another here that permeate both the aesthetic and the linguistic realms.
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