Installation and performance for tiled spaces
Created and performed by Angie Hiesl, Gerno Bogumil and Roland Kaiser
This is an artistic work for public spaces, such as underground pedestrian tunnels, passages, subway stations, as well as for industrial facilities, such as coal mine washrooms, slaughterhouses, and cool-storage depots. TILE SKIN is a powerful, yet subtle intervention, a way of atmospherically and physically plumbing the depths of a space - a bizarrely poetic irritation. The installation and the performance - the two equal components of the work - are specifically designed to correspond with the space at hand. The installation, which is composed of large expanses of water and grass turf, creates a counter concept to the original architecture.
The performance expands this artistic approach. Pedestrians suddenly become spectators of this theatrical installation that includes performance, dance, and sound. The condensed atmosphere of the performance space still allows people to walk through the room; the space retains its everyday function.
"The effect that the work has on people who take the metro in the morning and evening is amazing"
ESSE arts + opinions / Canada, Enno Stahl, automne 2002
"... she had begun reinterpreting public spaces long before it became a fad. Hiesl's kind of landscape architecture and her successful cooperation with Gerno Bogumil and Roland Kaiser make TILE SKIN a real pleasure to watch."
WDR /Kulturszene / television report, Claudia Kuhland, Ralf Breier, September 24, 2000
Premiere: Essen, Zollverein, Choreographisches Zentrum NRW, 1997
Further performances in: Cologne, Dortmund, Munich
Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Stadtentwicklung, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Music / Sound: Gerno Bogumil
Costumes: Andrea Bakos / Ilona Burgstaller
Technical support: Jürgen Brendiek / Michael Reyl / Christoph Steeger