Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum

 

Daria Martin: A Hunger Artist

23.08.2017, Berlin | As partner of Berlin Art Week 2017, the Ernst Schering Foundation will open the exhibition "A Hunger Artist" by London-based artist Daria Martin on September 13, 2017, 6-9 p.m. Daria Martin's new film is a complex, multi-layered artwork at the intersection of literature, psychology and science that experimentally adapts the modernist masterpiece “A Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka (1924). Published in Kafka’s last days, the story is an ambiguous allegory about a public performer who fasts for weeks to the adulation of hundreds until he is left to perform for unappreciative spectators, and, ultimately, to barely please only himself, unto death.

Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, still, HD film, 16 minutes, 2017, © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, still, HD film, 16 minutes, 2017, © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

The film A Hunger Artist (HD with sound, 16 minutes) highlights the contradictory human experience of our bodies as both ‘objects’ and ‘subjects’ – as matter to be quantified and altered on the one hand and as a gateway to phenomenal, lived experience on the other. The Hunger Artist’s obsession with his clock and his impresario’s enumeration of fasting days can be likened to the broader cultural trends towards ‘datafication of the body’ (counting calories and steps, on a smartphone) and towards self-objectification through social media.

On the occasion of Daria Martin’s exhibition, the Schering Stiftung and the Leibniz Association cooperate to organize a scientific symposium (held mostly in German) on anorexia, body perception, and self-optimization on December 8, 2017, with Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, Ludwig M. Eichinger, Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Maya Götz, Tilman Grune (chair), Martin Grunwald, Robert Gugutzer, Nikola Kern, André Kleinridders, Tatiana Korotkova, Thomas Macho (tbc), Daria Martin, Emily Troscianko, Silja Vocks.

Daria Martin: A Hunger Artist

Exhibition opening:
September 13, 2017, 6–9 p.m.

Exhibition dates: September 14 - December 10, 2017
Hours: Thursday through Monday, 1–7 p.m.
Free admission.


Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32–34 | 10117 Berlin

The Schering Stiftung is partner of Berlin Art Week 2017.

A Hunger Artist by Daria Martin was made with support from:
Schering Stiftung, Berlin; SITE GALLERY, Sheffield, UK; VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland

Further funding provided by:
Wellcome Trust, UK; Arts Council England, UK; University of Oxford, UK; St John’s College, Oxford, UK


Symposium „Hungerkunst: eine Krankheit zwischen Rausch und Abgrund“ (most lectures in German language)
December 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Haus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
Chausseestr. 111, 10115 Berlin
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Images: Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, still, HD film, 16 minutes, 2017, © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

 

Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, still, HD film, 16 minutes, 2017, © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

 

The Ernst Schering Foundation is partner of the Berlin Art Week 2017.

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