Malkontentista – Hans Castorp II

Eröffnung Freitag, 9. Oktober 2015, 19 h Laufzeit  10. Oktober – 15. November 2015   Hamburg based artist Armin Chodzinski virtuously combines formats, contents and contexts in his multi-faceted work. He condenses fragments of pop culture, advertising and entertainment television, corporate anthems, class struggle, organization theory, art and business into large-scale installations, videos, radio broadcasts or lecture performances that also can be described as „art-music-education-revues.“ His exhibition at uqbar, titled Malkontentista oder Hans Castorp II, combines drawings of graphs and charts, a fog machine, a self-made flag and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. The drawings appear manic and lack any reference to reality. Their origin in quarterly financial statements, business models, management reports and organizational research is still vaguely perceptible, yet the structures no longer explain any relationships, are no longer operationally effective, but only refer to themselves. Next to them, in the corner the artist placed a flag showing an embroidery that reads „Malkontentista“. It is a flag of discontent, a militant gesture without imperative, an angry inventory, which at once collapses like a house of cards. Along with the recurring fog it forms the stage for the imaginary Hans Castorp, the protagonist of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. […]