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13SA Visiting Ansbach Contemporary and

Our first class outing: Usually a day which is spent taking walks, playing crazy golf or visiting a zoo. At least that’s how it was during the last twelve years of my school career. So I didn’t really think anything would change about this in my thirteenth, and final year.

No wonder I was pleasantly surprised when I learnt about where our class was heading to this year: The Ansbach Contemporary, a biennial exhibition which premiered in 2016 and lead over 4000 visitors to Ansbach that year. This year it shows all sorts of contemporary artworks by young artists in three locations spread across the city.

Once we arrived at the first location, the Margrave Residence, our English teacher Mr Streit split our class into groups of two and gave us a task: Just take your time to carefully look around, investigate these pieces of art and at last choose the one that you and your partner like best and note down, why. Accordingly the class scattered, buzzing around the picturesque Gothic Hall, and later the Reitbahn’s Kunsthaus.

It didn’t take long for the majority of our classmates to gather around a claw machine filled with empty, old plastic bottles, instead of plushies, toys or technology. As interpreted by the majority of us, it establishes a visual metaphor for the serious problem of pollution, for seas filled with plastic which are so hard to clean that the artwork’s title - “Good Luck” - turns from a wish to kids when they try to get their favourite stuffed animal out of such a machine, into something entirely else: A sarcastic hope for nature and humankind. In the end this sculpture was also elected the favourite piece of art of the class.

Even though my partner Elif and me where also intrigued by the important meaning of this piece by Swaantje Günzel we were drawn to something entirely else. We ultimately selected a work by Taka Kagitomi called “Instrumental Alchemist”, which absolutely stunned us. At first glance, from across the room, it appeared like the skeletal structure of a big creature luring the viewer to have another look. Coming closer we realized what it had been made of: Used pieces of all kinds of discarded everyday items, such as chairs, doorknobs and a sandal, pieces of an old life from which a new one had been created. But that wasn’t all. Plugged into the sculpture was an amplifier that seemed a bit out of place next to this mostly wooden structure, but this was really, what made the creature come “alive”: A touch is enough to give it a voice, if not even a soul. Thus it is a piece of art that you cannot only look at and admire, but also hear and enjoyably interact with.

For all of us these two exhibitions were an inspiring start for further creative work in this final school year to come.

(Jenny Wagner, 13Sa)


Some expressions from the exhibiton:

 13Sa meets a work by Wolfgang Gantner 


13Sa meets Lunkas Glinkowski: Rainbow 

  13Sa meets Daniel Man: Omnibus Flagitium; in the background: TV-Altar by Jay Gard

  13Sa meets Take Katigomi: The Instrumental Alchemist; in the background: among others,
 works by Max Friesinger and Alexander Skorobogatov

13Sa meets Swaantje Güntzel: GOOD LUCK





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