art as diverter

Workshops and other activities with the artist collective Baggenstos/Rudolf

Art as diverter is a subproject of «Politics Of Space» of the cultural theorist and artist Jürgen Krusche , the filmmaker Song Yun-Long and the artist collective Baggenstos/Rudolf.

The project «Politics Of Space» examines (post-) democratic spaces in Hong Kong and Zurich. It addresses the question of whether it exists despite an increasing capitalist or post- democratically oriented spatial production - or again – these kinds of spaces that can be described as radical democratic? This project investigates and examines such democratic spaces and meanwhile observes and analyzes the related organization, material form, and concerning discourses and actors.

The workshop art as diverter puts its emphasis on light situations in public spaces, which meets the specific functions and representations. With lighting on the one hand the situations will be put under the light, on the other hand it’s always an expression of social, economic and capitalist power relations. Any public light source can serve as a starting point for this work. The light will be converted into electricity with solar panels and will be reorganized with a personal element of display. In a playful way, not only the light is derived – captured – and transformed, but also the respective light sources and locations will be critically surveyed according to their functions and representations.

From DIY to DIWO

The participants of the workshops can make their own electronic solar modules, which are consisting of solar cells, a memory circuit and a self-designed display. The display module opens a broad design space with LEDs. In a further step, the modules will be installed and documented by the participants in urban areas.

This workshop format allows a DIY (do it yourself) to approach to a DIWO (do it with others). This switch of level is not just about producing objects, but also to throw discussions by putting the objects in the specific places, where the social situations will be included – especially with regard to public spaces. It should detect the dissonances, fractures and contradictions, between what is and what is not; between the omnipotence of capitalist consumption spaces and the desire for creative and democratic open spaces.

Intervention in Zurich, July 2014

Cardboard and Tape

Lux Us

Karton / Klebeband / Lichtleiter

«Lux Us» entstand im Kollektiv mit Sandra Lang, Ruth Lang und Daniel Marti.
Wir zeigten die Arbeit anlässlich der Gruppenausstellung «Le terrain vague - Interventionen im grauen Bereich» am Hardplatz Zürich vom 28.09.-04.10.14

Skizze Installation detail Hardplatz Zürich

This is my private garden

Cardboard and Tape

The intervention took place in Hong Kong, April 2014

Intervention in Hong Kong, April 2014

Luck/joy/happiness

Cardboard / optical fibre / electronics / solar cell

With a solar cell, we derived electric light from the public space and operated with the harvested energy the character 樂. The solar module served as a kind of sensor to measure brightness. Depending on the light intensity of the tapped light source, the character 樂 shined more or less strongly. In this context, a correlation between brightness and the state of gentrification emerged. 樂 serves as a Lux-meter and at the same time as a luxury meter.

Baggenstos/Rudolf and Song Yun-Long Back side and electronics

ZHDK CONNECTING SPACES ZURICH HONGKONG_POLITICS OF SPACE

Workshop Polytechnic University Hong Kong 10/11.4.2014

Workshop: 10.4.-11.4.2014. / Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Leaders: Heidy Baggenstos, Andreas Rudolf, artists, ZHdK, Master Fine Arts

Participants

Tsai Chang Yu / Man Ting Fung / He Xue / Lung Yin Fei / Ho Wai Lun / Cheung Tsz Tung / So Pui Lam / Chan Man Yee / Chan Sze Yu 

Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 10.4.2014
Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 10.4.2014 Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 10.4.2014 Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 10.4.2014 Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 11.4.2014 Workshop Poly U Hong Kong 11.4.2014 Group: Sunflower <br> Tsz Tung / So Pui Lam  <br> <br>
Our sunflower captures the light in public spaces, such as the sunflower captures the light of the sun.<br> In the «Sunflower Student Movement» (Taiwan / Hong Kong), the sunflower became a symbol of the<br> concerns and the resistance of the protesters. Group: Sunflower <br> Tsz Tung / So Pui Lam  <br> Installation detail <br> <br>
Our sunflower captures the light in public spaces, such as the sunflower captures the light of the sun.<br> In the «Sunflower Student Movement» (Taiwan / Hong Kong), the sunflower became a symbol of the<br> concerns and the resistance of the protesters. Group: Sunflower <br> Tsz Tung / So Pui Lam <br> Installation detail light source <br><br>Our sunflower captures the light in public spaces, such as the sunflower captures the light of the sun.<br> In the «Sunflower Student Movement» (Taiwan / Hong Kong), the sunflower became a symbol of the<br> concerns and the resistance of the protesters. Group: Unreachable Diamond <br> Chan Man Yee / Chan Sze Yu <br><br>Ads for luxury items that decorate the streets are like a diamond that hangs at unreachable heights. Group: Unreachable Diamond <br> Chan Man Yee / Chan Sze Yu <br> Installation detail <br><br>Ads for luxury items that decorate the streets are like a diamond that hangs at unreachable heights. Group: Unreachable Diamond <br> Chan Man Yee / Chan Sze Yu <br> Light source <br><br>Ads for luxury items that decorate the streets are like a diamond that hangs at unreachable heights. Installation detail light source Group: Ghost Fire <br> Lung Yin Fei / Ho Wai Lun <br><br>The largest banknote of Hong Kong has a value of 1000 HK Dollar.<br> Ours has a value of HK $ 10,000. Most people would like to have those notes in their wallet. Group: Ghost Fire <br> Lung Yin Fei / Ho Wai Lun <br> Installation detail <br><br>The largest banknote of Hong Kong has a value of 1000 HK Dollar.<br> Ours has a value of HK $ 10,000. Most people would like to have those notes in their wallet. Light situation Group: Signboard Effect <br> Tsai Chang Yu / Man Ting Fung / He Xue <br><br>We take the light from the illuminated advertisement in a shopping street. A trail of lightpoints leads the<br> way into a dark alley. Group: Signboard Effect <br> Tsai Chang Yu / Man Ting Fung / He Xue <br> Installation detail <br><br>We take the light from the illuminated advertisement in a shopping street. A trail of lightpoints leads the<br> way into a dark alley.

Video documentation: Yun Long Song, filmmaker

First Prototypes and tests

Prototype 01
Prototype 01 Prototype 01 detail energy source with solar cell Prototype 02 Prototype 03 Prototype 04 Prototype 04 detail First electronic circuit
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