Schwarz oder weiß, es ist mir gleich. Es gibt keine Farben in diesem blauen Reich

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Schwarz oder weiß, es ist mir gleich. Es gibt keine Farben in diesem blauen Reich

Kottbusser Straße 10
10997 Berlin
January 18th, 2013 - February 10th, 2013
Opening: January 17th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tue - Sun, 2 - 7 pm


In an apparently performative and playful way, Joris Van de Moortel is concerned with architecture as an important medium of our mental and physical experiences of space. Besides musical performances, Vande Moortel creates assemblages, which often resemble stage sets or the remains of a performance. For his generally large-scale installation works, Van de Moorteluses pedestals, walls and boxes or a number of things that seem to have been found by chance: towels, musical instruments, door leaves, a single window, or an old cooking potare combined into unpretentious artefacts, which seem to bear their own, expansive dynamics within them.The artist bundles, ties, screws,and then shuts up his work in wooden or acrylic glass cases, or he has them hang from the ceiling in bin-bags. One constant in these environments often in conjunction with musical performances is the reciprocal relations between sculpture and container. Van de Moortel’s installations are inspired by found situations and often they have no clearly defined beginning, middle or end. Thus, for example, the artistoften ‘recycles’the work at the end of an exhibition – sometimes even during it – by destroying, tearing up or burning, and constructing a new work with the help of the resultant junk. In this way, the“undoing”in Van de Moortel’s work becomes an important aspect of the“doing”.

All that Van de Moortel’s exhibition Schwarz oder Weiß es ist mir gleich, es gibt keine Farben in diesem blauenReich holds in store for the visitor is still in the process of development. On the opening evening, among other things, the new publication Cylinder #2 by Joris van de Moortel will be presented to the public – in an exhibition room completely submerged in a magical blue light.

For the opening, Van de Moortel (bass, guitar, voice) will also perform together with Ürgerausch kammerensemble (beginca. 8 pm, entrance free).


Joris Van de Moortel, born in Oostakker, Belgiumin 1983, lives and works in Antwerp and Berlin. He studied philosophy at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and art at the HISK – Higher Institute for FineArts in Ghent. Joris van de Moortel is currently receiving a grant from the Flemish governmentin the context of our International Studio Programme. Info: