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Temporary Installation on Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
From 5th May to 17th June 2007 the artists’ group msk7 is transforming Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt into a walk-in crossword puzzle. Special vegetation mats form words, citing the Berliners’ penchant for absorbing French words and sounds into their everyday speech.
“The history of the language of the urban populace is also part of the history of the city … Huguenots, French émigrés fleeing the Revolution, on numerous occasions occupying forces. They all left traces that linger, which, sometimes well-concealed, surface again in common turns of speech and in typical snappy Berlin sayings and are also always time capsules recording echoes of their era.”
(Ewald Harndt, "Französisch im Berliner Jargon")
»blümerant« has received funding from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn (Bonn Art Fund Foundation) and the Kulturverwaltung des Berliner Senats, Referat Stipendien und Projektförderung (Berlin Senate Culture Department, Grants and Project Support Division).
We are delighted to invite you to the vernissage on Saturday 5th May 2007 at 5 p.m.
Welcome speech by Stephan Frielinghaus, French Cathedral.
Speeches will also be given by Prof. Dr. Winfried Engler, Berlin-Paris city link coordinator and Martin Schönfeld, art historian.
msk7: Mona Babl, Christine Berndt, Kati Gausmann, Ricarda Mieth, Ulrike Mohr, Anja Sonnenburg, guest artist: Sabine Laidig
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