VISITATION 17    BEI ZYTOWAN + EISENHÜTTENSTADT    28-08-2015

FIRST MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE)   -  Three slogans I&II - Signature/Abstract

INTERMEDIARY MOVEMENT I (NITSCHKE) - No Millions

SECOND MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE) - Eating ..

INTERMEDIARY MOVEMENT II (NITSCHKE) - Tour of WohnKomplex I-V (Eisenhüttenstadt)

                                                                                  with blue object

FOURTH MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE) - Three slogans III - Empty Slogan 

 

Special Guest - SVEN SPIEKER

FIRST MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE)   -  Three slogans I&II - Signature/Abstract

 

Some 500 m north of the new, recently opened bridge linking Germany and Poland - which is close to the german village of Coschen -, where an old alley with crooked oaks, coming from the polish village of Zytowan (fromer german name 'Seitwann') - meets the right bank of the river 'Neiße', there is a little artificial hill, part of the former polish border fortification. Next to it there are still the remains of a fundament shaped like a cross, which used to support a heavy cannon or a watchtower. The hill itself is overgrown with young trees. Between two of these trees Nitschke suspends a red piece of cloth. The dimension of the red cloth derives from the one used by the group 'Collective Actions' 1977 during their fourth 'trip out of town' (10 x 1 m). Instead of a text (I DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT NOTHING AND I LIKE EVERYTHING, ALBEIT NEVER HAVING BEEN HERE BEFORE AND NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE) there is a signature written in big letters at the lower right edge (OBAMAINBERLIN (NIKLAS NITSCHKE)) which OBAMAINBERLIN uses to assign, within the documentation of the own activity, the single movement to a specific author. Watching the banner from the distance is barely possible, as the trees obstruct the view.

 

Subsequently Nitschke opens a glass of chocolate yoghurt and asks his guest to smell the aroma bevor he uses the yoghurt to expressively paint the shape of a square at the middle of the banner. Holding a red banner with a white element in the middle, a painted citation taken from a abstract expressionist painting from Franz Kline - which references the western ideological realm - the 'Gnezdo Group' publicly demonstrated 1978 in Moscow for a couple of minutes.

INTERMEDIARY MOVEMENT I (NITSCHKE) - No Millions

 

In preparation of the Visitation Nitschke asks Sven Spieker to bring a lottery ticket with two played games together with the receipt. Nitschke puts on a nearly square-shaped moustache and, wearing this mask, he asks Sven Spieker to put the ticket, together with the receipt, into a small black box which has nearly cubic shape. Nitschke closes the box and throws it to the river.

SECOND MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE) - Eating ..

 

Some one and a half kilometers down the Neiße, driven by car, the participants of the Visitation reach - after a short way through a patch of forest, down a hill, and passing a high meadow - a yellow object next to the river. The object looks like a bar table with a massive slab; Sven Spieker first assumes it to be part of the border installation. In fact its a cover which causes the slab to be as massive - Nitschke removes it and a dark cubic bread appears. The bread has the shape and the size of the black box just drifting direction of the group, containing the lotto ticket. Nitschke sets the table and serves tea and bread with butter and herbed quark. Maybe the box will pass the spot while they have a rest there.

INTERMEDIARY MOVEMENT II (NITSCHKE) - Tour of WohnKomplex I-V (Eisenhüttenstadt)

                            with blue object

 

Afterwards Nitschke drives with Sven Spieker back to germany, crossing the border again, and heading for Eisenhüttenstadt, where Nitschke parks the car at the first Wohnkomplex (WK I) (housing complex I). Nitschke takes a blue object resembling a bit the housing of an instrument, which can be used like a backpack. He then takes Sven Spieker on a tour through the center of Eisenhüttenstadt which is protected as a memorial area. The way follows chronologically to the process of the construction of the city in the fifties of the last century. The tour shows the change in design of the housing complexes and the courtyards which happened during the early phase of erection of the former model city. The housing design leads from a style resembling the conception of the 'Bauhaus' (WK I) to some bigger and decorated complexes in stalinistic style (WK 2 und 3), up to WK 4, which shows again more 'german' architectural elements, e.g. jutties in half-timber.

FOURTH MOVEMENT (NITSCHKE) - Three slogans III - Empty Slogan 

 

The walk stops at the former first hotel in the city, the 'Hotel Lunik', which is abandoned for more than two decades, having nearly become a ruin in the meantime. The groundfloor, which used to be nearly fully glazed, is now covered with wooden planks, as vandalism has destroyed most of the glass. The terrace of the fromer restaurant is grown over with wild bushes and little trees. On the main road next to the hotel the annual city festival happens to take place. Nitschke opens the blue object which contains a second red banner. He tacks it to the wooden panels. The banner shows, quoting a Soz-Art work of the artist duo Komar&Melamid titled "Empty Slogan", empty white fields instead of letters. The banner has, counting as well the blanks, 49 fields, as many as a single game on the lotto ticket has.

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