press release

During this residency at LoBe Berlin the artistic duos Awst & Walther and Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson have developed a collaborative work that brings together image, performance and text. Taking as their starting point the nature of ‘doing-things-together’, they have created a work in which themes of co-dependence and achievement are examined. In response to the intense oversupply of images in contemporary culture, the artists have chosen to focus on a single historical fragment. Their decision to intensely examine a found photograph may seem willfully perverse. But for these two collaborative pairs this particular image of two men at the summit of an Austrian mountain provides the framework for an agglomeration of doubt. The resultant work, a four hour-long performance, articulates a relationship between uncertainty and the creative act and will be premiered at the opening on November 1st.

Awst & Walther

The Welsh-German couple Manon Awst and Benjamin Walther have collaborated since 2006, sharing their time between Berlin and North Wales. Strongly influenced by their backgrounds in Architecture and Theatre, their interdisciplinary artistic practice explores contemporary experiences of time and space, and questions current social values and modes of behaviour. They create physically charged works in which spaces are multiplied, fractured and transformed and which interrogate the role of the individual in relation to the artwork, and more generally within society.

Solo Exhibitions include Archäologie der Zukunft, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen (forthcoming). Show Off, SALTS, Basel, 2013;Components, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2012; Latent Measures, Kwadrat, Berlin, 2011; The Hole, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2010 ; Work in Progress, The German Embassy, London, 2009; Group exhibtions include Unearthing Delights, NARRACJE Public Space Festival, Gdansk (forthcoming); Playing Nature, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2013; STILL/life: Ecologies of Perception, The National Trust, Tyntesfield, 2013; Boros Collection/ Bunker Berlin #2, Berlin, 2012; I Cannot Escape this Place, National Museum of Art, Cardiff, schön?, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 2011

Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson are based in Berlin and Manchester and have worked collaboratively since 1994. Their work is primarily concerned with the languages of power, with its grammar and with its rhetoric. Their projects address questions around faith, politics, national identity, the environment and the ideological consequences of an action in regard to its apparent spectacle.

Solo exhibitions include Six White Horses, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2013; The Opera, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, 2012; Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, SALT, Istanbul, 2012; Towards A Free Society, Institute of Jamais Vu, London, 2012; Stolen Artifact, Kotti- Shop, Berlin, 2011; The Fireworks, Isolation Room, St Louis, 2011; No Sign of Helicopters, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2010. Group exhibitions include A Curator, Team Titanic, Berlin, 2013; MerzBank, Film and Video Umbrella, London, 2013, I’ll be your Mirror, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, 2012; Synthetic Real, Edel Assanti, London, 2011; Kritische Masse, Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Gallery, Dresden, 2011; Dimensions in Contemporary British Art, British Council, Dehli, 2010; The Way We Do Art Now, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, 2010.

Ride across River Constance

Awst & Walther (Manon Awst, Benjamin Walther), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson

Elke Falat, Olivia Reynolds