Weimar is a city where you would encounter many cultural events thanks to the rich history dating back to the 18th century, around 20 museums from various types, two universities focusing on the fields such as art, architecture, design and music, and a large student community that revive the streets by day and by night.
As a group of master’s degree students from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, we gathered together a few weeks ago in order to add one more event to all—focusing on the concept of activating the public space through art.
Called “Wir sin auch Enten”, the exhibition took place in Sternbrücke which is the oldest historical bridge construction in Weimar that has been preserved. It is also considered as the most architecturally significant bridge over the Ilm. As an element connecting the quite, mostly residential area with the considerably vivid city center, Sternbrücke presented our works—created as a means of connection between human and nature, us and the ducks.
The exhibition was based on the idea that each of us would come up with a temporary public art piece—with full freedom and no limits except avoiding a permanent damage on and around the bridge.
We started at 15:00 and continued our actions until 18:00 on a sunny Sunday when all the citizens and tourists were wandering around the streets of Weimar; having picnic, barbecue or a walk in the park. The works we have established had a wide range from installations to performances. Here are some of them with a short explanation and a describing image.
“D-raft” by Edoardo Tedde and Devadeep Gupta
D-raft was a performance by the artists held during the exhibition period. They built a raft made of the wooden pieces found in and around the river.
“Dazwischen: Das Spielende Ich” by Jakob Wirth
The artist built a swing hanging from the bridge. He made a walking path underneath the water and guided everyone through for a safe experience.
“Sitting Ducks” by Ahram Chae and Asha Lester
The duo designed duck costumes made of cardboard and old newspapers. During the performance, they wore them while sitting by a tree for around 2 hours.
“Bist du eine gute Ente?” by Nora Spiekermann
In order to make a reflection of a duck’s daily life, the artist invited people as pairs to hold their breath underwater—until one of them quit.
“Coordination” by Sophie Foster
The artist created a collaborative performance responding to “bridging” as a concept, working together to keep the connection using a piece of string as they walked along the river.
“Disco Duck” by Constanza Carvajal
The artist created a disco ball in the shape of a duck hanging from one of the arches—shining and making reflections upon the water and to the bottom of the bridge.
“Ibiza” by Daniel Theiler
By placing various types of fabrics along one of the railings, the work turned the bridge into a huge balcony representing different kinds of daily habits.
“One Euro Portrait” by Nikola Kekerović
The artist chose a location above the bridge and offered all the passers-by a quick portrait that would cost them €1.
“Mom’s Place” by Stefan Lesueur
Placed in one of the round passages underneath the bridge, the artist created a sound installation combining nature sounds recorded by his mother in the U.S. and by him in Weimar.
“Formed Leaves” by Yağmur Rüzgar
The artist created a perfect round shape fully covered by leaves found in the park—pointing out to the fact that our interventions on nature would end up being fake no matter how hard we try.
We also made it to some local news:
Yağmur Ruzgar, 2. semester Public Art and New Artistic Strategies (M.F.A.)