Next – Project
Founded in 2012 as a virtual platform by the Düsseldorf-based artists, Anne Pöhlmann and Diango Hernández – Blood Mountain’s inaugural artist-in-residence in November 2010 – lonelyfingers uniquely examines the process, rather than the outcome of contemporary art production. More specifically, it is concerned with its first stage: sourcing inspiration from existing objects. This critical approach at once redefines the use of ‘objet trouvé’ and the role of the artist-as-curator.
“Konversationsstücke” is the first exhibition by Lonelyfingers, presenting over 100 ‘finds’ from 12 international artists. Its presentation at one of Germany’s most revered art institutions, the Museum Abteiberg, testifies to the critical role of the curators and of the host venue in a region widely acknowledged as Germany’s hotbed for critical discourse and contemporary art production.
Blood Mountain’s contribution to the exhibition included 11 found objects from Budapest and selected by Tom Sloan. It continues Blood Mountain’s inquiry about central Europe’s design legacy and potential and buildings on its earlier design research and production project, Stories from Central Europe (2011-2012).
The exhibition was designed by Tom Sloan and made from materials ‘found’ at the museum. It offered a platform for the finds and a forum for exchange with respect to the Museum’s unique setting: an early example of post-modern museum architecture, designed by Austrian-born Hans Hollein and opened in 1982.
The exhibition was supported by a series of Sunday Conversations. Taking place every second Sunday at 4pm (free with general admission), the participating speaker(s) and general public engaged in an informal discussion over coffee and cake.
17 March 2013: Jay Batlle
24 March 2013: Tom Sloan in conversation with Jade Niklai
07 April 2013: Anne Pöhlmann and Diango Hernández, founders of Lonelyfingers
21 April 2013: Rita McBride
05 May 2013: Jarosław Fliciński
19 May 2013: Daniel Barroca
02 June 2013: Glen Rubsamen