Kurt’s Zimmer

The installation ‘Kurt’s Zimmer’ refers to the house of mirrors and an idle merry-go-round. Kurt’s Zimmer is a space of its own where several themes meet. The vanishing childhood happiness which is displaced by ‘knowledge’, the play that cannot be performed because there is no space for the dialogue: a column in the middle hides the other side. The circular plan of Kurt’s Zimmer, the merry-go-round, the mirror hall and the bullfight arena from the book on the Pyrenees of Kurt Tucholsky– they are all spaces in which action emanates from the centre. Here a light rotates, a viewfinder, a telescope, a spectator, a private eye. Friend and foe in one. It indicates that someone is present, but this person is never visible when you view the work. Also because of the column one can never see the opposite ellipse so there can always be one person standing over there. A waltz is repeated in a fixed loop and turns Kurt’s Zimmer every ten minutes into a giant musical box. Everything keeps on repeating itself, there is no vanishing point. It is not allowed to enter or occupy Kurt’s Zimmer, the space has to remain empty, has to belong to everyone. Looking through the ellipse shaped windows, the visitors frame each other, look at each other as individuals.

Freek Lomme, writer, 2008: ‘The object plays with the audience by anticipating on the human unconsciousness of the unknown (how can you play with something that you don’t even know?) and anticipating on the emotions that can be caused by this. It proves that views and stories, when being brought together without a specific reason and by coincidence in an associative whole, can be very powerful. This force then is ofte called ‘sublime’. Kurt’s Zimmer proves that emotion is a strong advisor. This is shown by bringing along the spectator in a domain that not only imposes itself to our constitution, but also to our mind.’

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Kurt’s Zimmer | installation with Kurt’s Zimmer Waltz | mixed media | 2006 | Gueststudio ZIN in Werk, Vught (artist in residence 09-2005 / 02-2006)

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Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren | photo by Peter Cox Eindhoven

Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren | photo by Peter Cox Eindhoven

Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren | photo by Dirk Kreijkamp

Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren | photo by Dirk Kreijkamp

Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren

Kurt's Zimmer | Karin van Pinxteren | De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek

Kurt's Zimmer Waltz | Maarten van der Vleuten | mini CD

Nach dem Blick with Kurt's Zimmer on Youtube | Karin van Pinxteren

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