AnkERzentrum (2019/Venice)

This installation is part of the German Pavilion that Natascha Süder Happelmann transformed into an AnkERsentrum in Venice, 2019. Still life is a series of stones arranged in front of a dam; this dam, iconic of primitive accumulation, divided the pavilion in to two: the mode of production and its resources. Behind the dam is a sound installation – a work of 6 artists composed using whistles. In front of the dam sits the Still life installation, satirizing the commodity economies’ productive efforts as ruinous processes that produce only waste. The stillness and silence of the installation is an accent on how ostracized margins are a sequel to the expansion of centers. Still life is the product and the means of production; it is the energy-intensive process that mines the concrete stone and molds it into a stone made out of concrete.