Everyone in Berlin, Germany, is kindly invited to join the opening reception of the group exhibition FREMDUNGEN at the GALERIE WEISSER ELEFANT on the 20th of October at 7pm. This group exhibition will present Nils Clauss’ award-winning series URBAN NATURE alongside the work of Wolfram Hahn, Andy Rumball, Kai von Rabenau, Rainer Sioda and Hannes Woidich. The exhibition will run until the 17th of November and can be visited Tuesday to Saturday from 1-7pm (Auguststrasse 21, 10117 Berlin).
The title of the exhibition, the derivative ‘Fremdung’, refers to several different forms of perception of the other, the unknown, the distant. In German language it can be linked with expressions of contemporary socio-°©‐cultural discourses – alienation, disassociation, infiltration, estrangement, being disconcerting or outlandish – that can influence our life and culture and implicitly shape the notion of what we call home.
We become aware of our own identity by the incursion of something alien, which it threatens to discompose. The outside, the unknown is being demarcated in order to assert the concept of our existence. But what do we actually know about the construction of what we call home? Don’t we need the other to comprehend our own existence? And don’t we find a lot of our own ideology in the definition of the unfamiliar?
The exhibition Fremdungen, prepared and compiled by Daniel Klemm (UNCOMMON PLACE, Berlin), in its range of works mirrors the different strategies how to deal with the unknown, the seemingly strange and that what we cannot or do not want to understand. The artists show us their interpretation of what amounts to be the alien and the home: their own originally created ‘Fremdungen’.
Stadtaspekte is a German online magazine in search of “the reverse side of the city”. Through their publications they seek to find out “why and how we live in certain places”. In their recent issue the magazine features Nils Clauss and his URBAN LANDSCAPE and URBAN NATURE series. For more information feel free to check out the article online.
URBAN ISLAND is a music video by Nils Clauss and Namhui Park for the song VARÚÐ by Icelandic band SIGUR RÓS. It is a portrait of a homeless man in his forties, who has lived on the streets of Seoul for more than 8 years. He has been part of a small homeless community for the past four years, which camps out in a little park next to the train tracks of Yongsan Station. As the man strictly refuses to receive charity, he frequents the city streets each night to make a living by collecting recyclables.
Documenting the hardships of a homeless person working and living within the metropolitan city, challenges general prejudices against people living on the margins of society. The little park next to Yongsan Station, which this community frequents, can be considered as a significant space to find escape and shelter. It also though shows how people are excluded and fenced away from general society. Not only visually, but also in reality this little park is like a small island in the middle of the urban center of Seoul. It is for the audience to decide, if it is island of refugee or exile.
Everyone in Korea is kindly invited to join the opening reception of the group exhibition LIFE A USER’S MANUAL at the CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284 on the 12th of September at 5pm. This group exhibition will premiere URBAN ISLAND, a new video by Nils Clauss and Park Namhui along with music by SIGUR RÓS. For everyone who cannot make the opening reception, this exhibition at SEOUL STATION will be on until the 4th of November 2012.
For more information visit: www.seoul284.org
한국에 있는 친구분들을 전시회 오프닝에 초대 합니다. 문화역서울284 기획전 ‘인생사용법’이라는 전시회인데요, 9월12일 오후 5시에 오프닝을 합니다. URBAN ISLAND라는 주제로 열리는 이 전시회에 SIGUR ROS의 음악을 바탕으로 제작한 뮤직비디오는 박남희와 NILS CLAUSS가 공동 작업을 한 작품입니다. 오프닝 참석에 어려우신 분들은 서울역 전시관에서 2012년 11월 4일까지 관람이 가능하니 꼭 한번 방문해 주세요.
자세한 사항은 사이트를 참고하세요: www.seoul284.org
Nils Clauss was kindly asked by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Hamburg Messe und Congress to document the German Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu. A big thanks to everyone at the German Pavilion for their great support!
TEDx Seoul kindly invited Nils Clauss as a keynote speaker for their yearly event. The event with the theme set to PLATFORM, provided an excellent opportunity to show and talk about some recent photography and film work.
INTERIORS featured the WAREHOUSE photographs in their latest print publication (Vol. 310, July 2012, p. 94-106). Warehouse is a pub & restaurant in Seoul founded by the New Yorker Jason Choi. Recently the establishment has been given a complete new look by American designer William Craig and German architect Ralf Zabel. Nils Clauss was kindly asked to document this brand new location.
Nils Clauss was kindly asked by the Pavilion of the Russian Federation to photograph their National Day celebration and the Russian Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu. A big thanks for everyone at the Russian Pavilion for their great support!
The acclaimed German architecture office Atelier Brueckner recently commissioned Nils Clauss to photograph their latest project, the GS Caltex Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Yeosu, South Korea. The building is surrounded by a field of blades with internal LED-lights, which flash up in different colors and different patterns.