Elbow Room, Physical Education X: Titania K.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Salon des Amateurs, Grabbeplatz 4, Düsseldorf
Two parents, one son, one reading
In his videos, performances, and photographs, Moritz Krauth often takes literature as a point of departure to question heteronormative principles. In intimate, domestic situations, he creates social experiments in which fiction, documentary, and historical facts can overlap. For Physical Education X, Moritz Krauth is attempting a new form of family reunion juxtaposed with the novel Momo by Michael Ende (1973). Through a polyphonic monologue, he enables an additional fictional member of the family to emerge that his teenage alter ego Mori had always wanted. The new but never real sister is introduced, employing a collage of literary and personal texts, fictional and actual facts. Who is Titania K.? Who was she? Who could she be? In this first part of a series of readings, Moritz Krauth sketches a real longing from multiple perspectives that leads his nuclear family to redefine itself, and demonstrates what can happen to traditional structures when things that have been taken for granted are called into question.
With: Marina Krauth, Dieter Krauth, Moritz Krauth
Moritz Krauth (born 1990 in Hamburg, lives in Düsseldorf and Paris) studied with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster as well as Keren Cytter, and completed his studies as a master student of Christopher Williams at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2019. Most recently, his works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at K21, Düsseldorf, PARKHAUS im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, at ÆdT – Am Ende des Tages, Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstverein Duisburg, Raiosha Gallery, Tokyo and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2020 he produced one of the year’s limited editions for Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Krauth is a current studio fellow of dHCS and Kunstverein Düsseldorf.
Please note that a proof whether you have been vaccinated or recovered from a past COVID-19 infection is required for admission.
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf is pleased to present Physical Education X: Titania K., the tenth iteration of its Elbow Room series, on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 6 pm. Since 2019, it opens temporary, physically variable intermediary and virtual spaces to explore and renegotiate various staging formats. For Physical Education X, Moritz Krauth is attempting a new form of family reunion. Through a polyphonic monologue, he enables an additional fictional member of the family to emerge that his teenage alter ego Mori had always wanted. Elbow Room, initiated by Eva Birkenstock, has been conceived as a performative continuation of the former “Schaufenster” exhibitions (display window), which the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf used to offer young artists for their first exhibition opportunities. The stairs in the entrance, the Kunstverein’s foyer with its bar and panorama window, the Salon des Amateurs, and even the website were transformed
into sites of physical education. During the lockdown and the temporary closure of Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, the Elbow Room program has been taking place exclusively online. Elbow Room, PE X with Moritz Krauth is being curated by Gesa Hüwe in collaboration with Eva Birkenstock. Thanks to Thomas Spallek for the design.
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