About the Book
video installation at the Kurhaus (Ahrenshoop) by Philipp Geist 02.02.2008
Installation at the Kurhaus in Ahrenshoop
Exhibition “Distances - Things and Places in current Photography and New Media.
Part One: Times and Places
The Berlin-based artist Philipp Geist (1976) showed his video installation “Broken Time Lines” on the occasion of the exhibition “Times and Places” in the Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop. Geist`s installation interprets the themes of space and time. In his concept, he decides against using canvasses and projects directly on the window front of the building, the old Kurhaus, which has already been closed for 15 years. The result is an interplay between the derelict building and the abstract, geometrical video films. Thus, Geist develops a dialogue with the location, the architecture and his artistic work. He creates a pictorial, abstract imagery at the computer, which refers to organic-microscopic structures and physical processes. By displaying depth and three-dimensionality, the work symbolises the constantly developing, enlarging space of a continuing time line, and represents through multiple layers and depth the complex networks emerging from different spatial components spreading in the course of time. Geometrical, spatial forms like squares, cubes, perforated planes, lines and rays, overlay each other in an on-going process and build up a complete picture in order to dissolve it right away. The various elements create a complex architecture of images which is always in a state of flux. By these means, the video installation refers to the derelict state of the Old Kurhaus, which was built in 1970 as a prestigious object and is supposed to be demolished in the near future. It is supposed to be replaced by a large and modern hotel.
Artist Philipp Geist, born in Witten in 1976, grew up in Weilheim and moved to Berlin in 1999. As an artist and autodidact, he works internationally with the mediums video installation, audio/ visual performance, painting and photography, e.g. 2002: opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich | 2004: Sonar Festival, Barcelona; Mutek Festival, Montreal; Dissonanze Festival, Rome | 2005: facade installation, Zurich; Neue Nationalgalerie, Salon Noir, Berlin | 2007: Riverine video installation, Three Walls Gallery, Chicago| video installation Time Lines Palazzo delle Esposizioni,Rome | 2008: Time Fades, Kulturforum Berlin; Broken Time Lines, Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop | Bucharest, Riverine video installation and photoworks | Lighting Times, Museum Weilheim. Further projects are characterized by their complexity and the integration of the location, the sound and moving images. contact: Philipp Geist, Berlin | www.videogeist.de | www.p-geist.de