Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum

 

Pechblende (Chapter 1)

Exhibition Opening:
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.

Exhibition dates: March 18 – June 5, 2016
Opening Hours: Thursday through Monday, 1–7 p.m.

Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32–34 | 10117 Berlin

The Ernst Schering Foundation is pleased to present the new work Pechblende (Chapter 1) by Susanne Kriemann. Centered on the mineral pitchblende (uraninite), the exhibition of the Berlin-based artist narrates the history of scientific and photographic processes through the interconnected sites of laboratory, archive, museum, and mine.

pdf Invitation Card

© Susanne Kriemann: Pech&blende

The highly radioactive and uranium-rich pitchblende was extensively mined in the Ore Mountains of the former German Democratic Republic between 1946 and 1989, which made the GDR the third largest uranium producer in the world and helped facilitate the nuclear armament of the USSR. The restoration of the landscape, which began after the fall of the Berlin Wall, is expected to be finished by 2045. The continuing radiation is increasingly forgotten.

Concerned with both the literal and the political invisibility of radioactivity, Susanne Kriemann, for several years, conducted research at the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the National Archives (Washington, DC), the Museum of Natural History (Berlin), and the Museum Uranbergbau (Bad Schlema).

In Pechblende (Chapter 1), Susanne Kriemann reflects on the artistic possibilities of making the invisible visible. She employs both analog photographic methods and auto-radiography – a technique in which light-sensitive material is directly exposed to radioactive objects. Combining her auto-radiographs with archival material and museum objects, the artist literally illuminates the radiation that is capable of remaining invisible despite the light it emits. As library for a radioactive afterlife, the
exhibition at Ernst Schering Foundation is also chapter 1 of the virtual library www.pechblende.org, which makes available to the public a steadily growing collection of textual and visual material.

In parallel with this exhibition, the prologue to Susanne Kriemann’s work can be viewed at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, until March 26, 2016. In Pechblende (Prologue), the artist combines her own auto-radiographs and photograms with archival images drawn from various sources, including aerial and scientific photographs that demonstrate how animal, plant and human life is contaminated by radiation.

The artist’s book Pechblende: Library for radioactive afterlife, published by Spector Books, will be launched at the Ernst Schering Foundation on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Related Events:

 

Salon Pechblende
April 14, 2016, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Central Laboratory
Sophienstr. 22 a, 2. backyard, 2. floor

Guests:

Susanne Kriemann, artist
Susan Schuppli, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr. Ralf Thomas Schmitt, Museum für Naturkunde
Frank Weißflog, Besucherbergwerk Pöhla
Christina Landbrecht and Friederike Schäfer; Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Moderation: Isabelle Busch

A project in cooperation with Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

 

Lecture: Wismut today - Restructering as a century-long task
May 26, 2016, 6pm | Schering Stiftung

Prof. Dr. Georg Büchel, Institute of Earth Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

in German language, free entry, registration at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Artist Talk and Book Launch

Pechblende: Library for radioactive afterlife
June 3, 2016, 2 p.m. | Schering Stiftung

in German language, free entry, registration until May 30 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

A project in cooperation with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, and Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, supported by Kunstfonds Bonn.
We thank Lutz Seiler, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, and the Museum Uranbergbau, Bad Schlema, for their kind support.


Photo: Susanne Kriemann, Pechblenden 1 (AMNH), 2015, auto-radiography, test 1/1, sample C59072, Pitchblende, Saxony, Germany, in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History, 8 x 10 inch © Susanne Kriemann


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