The World Will Not End- an ongoing project in various media.
THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2015
The world will not end in 2015 is a commissioned work in public space. The artist works with the idea of fear propaganda in our society. In a humorous way she reflects on the Maya prophecy of apocalypse in 2012 with a multilayered message to individuals as well as the society altogether. The sound part of the work gives it another perspective as The New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorák is broadcasted over the public parking space in Kopavogur. The Symphony was written as an ode to The New World as refugees from Europe where immigrating to the US during WWII. The words and the music together become a reminder of how our world is endlessly changing, of how each ending is a new beginning.
- Guðný Gudmundsdottir, art director of Cycle Music and Art Festival.
THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2013
In 2013 The World Will Not End moved to public space as part of 'The Oracle' exhibition that asked the artsits: 'What is your Prophecy for the future?'.
The Oracle is a research project by ƒƒ about how the future is envisioned today. By generating wishes for a utopian future or by channeling fears of a dystopian nature, the project generates an overview of reflections on today’s society. The Oracle is a collective imagining realized by its participants. Instead of the traditional and supernatural voice of a sole oracle, its power is redistributed to include a multitude of voices, with the site of reception localized at The Wand. “What is your prophecy for the future?” - Melissa Steckbauer curator
The Justizvollzugsanstalt Moabit (JVA) houses 2% of the population of the traditional working class neighborhood Moabit in central Berlin. It is placed on a corner by the junction of two heavy traffic streets Alt-Moabit and Rathenower Straße. On another corner is where the Wand gallery is situated and in collaboration with artist Claus Phillip Lehmann we decided to place our message in a billboard stand on the side of the gallery that directly faced the junction and the prison. The prison itself has somewhat of an oppressive intimidating appearance with very tall fort-like walls enclosing the premises not only with concrete but shiny razor wire. The history of the establishment dates back as far as to Prussia in 1849 but was famously used by the Nazis to house political opponents and resistance members. The current building was build after the war and housed many of the left-wing criminals in the 1970s, including 27 members of the Red Army Faction (RAF). These days the JVA Moabit detains some 1095 male inmates – most in custody awaiting trial and many others locked up for drug related crimes.
THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2012
First edition of The World Will Not End series.
'Manisensations' was a night of performative event ritualisation and part of a research project of artists Voin de Voin and Stephanie Ballantine.
Manifestation, the physical formulation of an idea.
Sensation, the internal, a phenomenology that appears before language.
Manisensation – a formulated manifesto of ideas explored internally and implemented externally, the building of a ’self-sitution‘ (institution of the self) that is in itself a base for communication.
In search of a lost sensation, they offer an open platform, a speaker’s corner where messages can be heard. The platform is offered as a sacred space allowing statements regardless of affiliations, social standing, stratifications, or social correctness. They focus on the notion of identity as a political construct without reflecting traditional anarchist approaches. They ask for voluntary participation to contribute to the creation of a self governed institution, imagining alternative art platforms.
- Voin de Voin and Stephanie Ballantine curator