As part of the series deepspace eins sechs, a collaboration between the neighbouring project spaces in Swedenstrasse 16, uqbar presents the exhibition Möbius by the artist duo Miho Shimizu and Øyvind Renberg.
A recurring principle in the artist's longstanding collaborative practice is to bring together disparate elements to form new meaning and life metaphors.
An extinct ammonite sea mollusk is the model for a set piece in Miho Shimizu and Øyvind Renberg´s film Möbius, initially produced for their exhibition at the 18th century Damsgård Manor in Bergen, Norway. Over the last eight months the artists have worked both on location at the manor, and with elaborate live tableaux at the Uferstudios in Berlin.
While observing the interiors of Damsgård, laden with intricate colorful wallpapers, faux marble and wall paintings, the empty manor also leaves space to wonder about life there before it was turned into a museum. Through a breadth of costumes, sculptural set pieces, actors and choreographic approaches, Shimizu and Renberg responds to the idea of the abandoned house with a series of dream scenarios. From a dried-out seabed littered with skeletal remains, a medieval shepherd leads a flock of sheep, a gang of banana juggling sailors and a party of rococo styled hedonists up a tower evoking the fossilized shell of an ammonite. As they reach the top on the tower's spiraling steps they tumble to the ground, forming new seabed sediments. In the film, the "ammonite steps" tower functions as a theatrical devise to visualize metaphors about life as a process of rising and falling.
For the exhibition at uqbar the artists combine this new work with the main set piece from the Uferstudios shoot, the three meter tall, spiraling Ammonite Staircase, and other props.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist book giving an overview of Shimizu's and Renberg's previous cooperations.
The initial project was produced in collaboration with Hordaland Kunstsenter and Bergen City Museum, and supported by The Arts Council Norway.
Thursday – Saturday, 14:30 – 18:30h and by appointment