passage (2007)

 

passage

Daniel Neugebauer in:
Catalogue Skulpturenlandschaft,
Osnabrück (Germany) 2007

The trail through the forest doesn't lead directly to the work of Cornelia Konrads, it runs right next to the site.

On a clearing, offside the track, you can see the Passage.
It consists of branches from the site, which seem to float and to condensate in the shape of an open gate. Like in other installations of Konrads, it is not sure if the object is dissolving or assembling. As if they were driven by an autonomous energy the branches remain in a hoovering state around the opening, inviting to pass it.
To follow the invitation, one has to leave the trail and to walk across the clearing towards the dense forest.

There stands a passage without a clear purpose.
A passage usually refers to a change of contexts, f.e. between a public and a private space. This one doesn't mark a definable border - to reach the other side it is also possible to walk around. Though passing it, another kind of sphere might be entered.

The lack of any obvious purpose strengthens the feeling of a ritual transgression. An unknown space opens up and challenges the categories of cognition — like reality and possibility, natural incident and human artefact.

If we allow it, we can get an idea of what could be beyond the logic.

This doesn't disprove the dicotomy between culture and nature.

A human being can never be a neutral part of nature, but sometimes has to redefine the relation “to” and the way to deal “with” nature.

Ambivalence and absurdity, the imaginary and the unconscious can point to a different concept of existence.

Practically this could mean not only to walk different tracks, but also to think about the significance of the track itself.

Unlike a way just leading to a goal, the Passage can be seen as a place of transition.

A transition to another understanding of nature.

 

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