March

2017

Monday, 13. March 2017 FOREVER WISHES
  • FOREVER WISHES
  • 2017
  • photography
  • digital
  • variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel


Okay! I wish for less, less, less of everything superfluous—starting with the plastic bags—FOREVER

August

2016

Friday, 12. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • RÉVOLUTION AUTO DOSEUR
  • 2016
  • digital photography
  • 87,5x118,5 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

So soft it can’t get softer. A REVOLUTION has at least 3 fragrances. Its contents are ideally split into exactly 25 measurements. Semiotic documentation by Kerstin Weichsel.

SOLO SHOW, rosalux—the Berlin-based art space
object art, installations, photography
July 30 – August 14, 2016

Wednesday, 10. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • SLOW-DOWN REVOLUTION / NON-VIOLENT REVOLUTION / RÉVOLUTION AUTO DOSEUR
  • 2016
  • installation
  • from Burkina Faso: handspun yarn and handwoven stripes of fabric, indigo-dyed. Historical folding chair, hanger / b/w scan "The Gandhi spinning wheel", text / plastic bottle, barrier tapes with text
  • 245x245x8 cm / 360x310 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Monday, 8. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • REVOLUTION: FAITH
  • 2016
  • installation
  • display dummy, burnt dresses, feathers, fox fur earmuffs, plastic bag, b/w copy: Eugène Delacroix "Liberty Leading the People" (detail),
  • 30x75x300
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Saturday, 6. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • CONTAINER REVOLUTION (from: body of work RESOLUTION / DISSOLUTION long term project since 2014)
  • 2016
  • object art / shaking picture
  • low-res bitmapped print of a gigantic asian container port, miniature objects, sequins, fragments of various everyday objects, smorgasbord, text
  • 39,5x29,5 cm / object frame with glas: 42,5x32,5 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Saturday, 6. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • NAIL-REVOLUTION
  • 2016
  • assemblage
  • digital photography (Namibia 2009), b/w copy, fake nails for children
  • 42x20 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Thursday, 4. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION: RESULTS
  • 2016
  • installation (2 rooms)
  • digital photography, various everyday objects, text
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Tuesday, 2. August 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Revolution
  • THE END OF ALL REVOLUTIONS
  • 2016
  • installation
  • digital photography (Namibia 2009, Berlin 2011), table, fabric, broken terrestrial globe, plastic spoons, boxes with facial tissues
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

February

2016

Friday, 5. February 2016 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Dawn of Survival
  • DAWN OF SURVIVAL
  • 2016
  • object art
  • plastic package, 33cl plastic bottle
  • 25 x 16 x 12 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Found in Paris, January 2016. “The drink of the superhereos” … is it rue, Wonder Woman, Superman, do you really drink that? Beverages bottled in plastic are an ecological disaster.

October

2015

Saturday, 31. October 2015 DIFFERENCE
  • FASHION
  • 2015
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in London, Paris, Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin, June to October 2015.

Before—After!

July

2015

Wednesday, 29. July 2015 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Holy
  • HOLY
  • 2015
  • Installation
  • display dummy, sand, cardboard box, drinking water in plastic pots
  • 100 x 100 x 82 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Water and Man—autopoiesis run into the ground

The largest reservoirs of water are our oceans. The sun’s energy heats the water, part of it condenses. Condensation creates vapor which rises into the atmosphere. As precipitation, the water travels back into streams and rivers and on into the seas. On dry land, it recharges the groundwater table. The hydrologic cycle works just fine without humans, but man cannot live without clean drinking water. For us, water is actually the number one nutrient. In fact, two-thirds of the human body consists of water. The billions of cells in our organism that are continuously dividing and renewing themselves need sufficient amounts of clean water. Despite all this, the way we treat this precious resource is autodestructive at best. The oceans keep accumulating contaminated waste; the forests, in particular the tropical rain forests, are being cut down; industrial-style farming uses ever more pesticides … Water consumption for crops and the production of foodstuffs and consumer goods is enormous: a person in western Europe uses up 130 liters—per day—of water and approx. 4000 liters of virtual water. Both water quality and water quantity are irreplaceable for maintaining our biosphere.
“Run into the ground:” The term `autopoiesis´ designates a system that creates and then maintains itself. Short-sighted human interventions into the ecological balance can be seen, and felt, as failures. HOLY—ultimately cognate with `whole´—to me means that man is part of a whole. Our deeds and acts should be directed by this. We are but one of many species on this planet and, as evolution goes, even a relatively recent one.
The title for my piece is taken from the product name HOLY, printed on a cardboard box I found in a small storage room while doing globalization research on Bali in the spring of 2015. The box is […]

March

2015

Monday, 23. March 2015 Starring Nicki Minaj
  • FASHION
  • 2015
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Amsterdam, February 2015. It’s a balancing act that we’re being shown here. A provocative rap star poses for the new advertising campaign of an exclusive fashion label so as to (mutually) increase awareness. What else is there? Well, try assuming her posture: put on the high-heel strappy sandals, shift your full weight on your right leg, out with the hip. Now cross your left foot behind the other as if you’re about to run off, turn your head sharply to the right and grab the seam of your robe with your right arm to lift it up as high as possible—take a deep breath, don’t flinch! And for the fluttering effect we’d also need a wind machine. It can easily take a couple of hours until the picture is in the can exactly the way they want it. And if it doesn’t quite work out, they can just put together the individual elements on the computer.

January

2015

Sunday, 25. January 2015 Bambiland Gaga
  • FASHION
  • 2014
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Berlin and Hamburg, November/December 2014. Centerpiece of the world—the magical sum of $5000 is what it costs to ship, say, 25.000 pairs of sneakers from Shanghai to Rotterdam, so the freight costs for one pair are just a few cents. The ‘can-do’ box of world trade is the 20 ft shipping container. 18,000 of these containers fit on a jumbo cargo ship which is about as long as three football fields. An entire fleet of them, and others, is moving about 90% of the global flow of goods. Now this fleet isn’t just beaming itself from A to B but it chugs for weeks across the seven seas. The oceans are our most important ecosystem—an irreplaceable gift of nature. Imagine this: a yearly transfer of a nine-digit figure of containers (1), filled with all kinds of commodities: strawberries, iPods, T‑shirts, cosmetics, rubber duckies, aggressive acids … just think of the fuel needed for shipping all that, and of the carbon dioxide emissions. And then there is the “acoustic pollution”, threatening the lives of marine mammals and other animals—what does your heart say to this?

German(1) http://www.zukunft-mobilitaet.net/69538/binnenschifffahrt-seeschifffahrt/wie-viele-container-fallen-ins-meer/

December

2014

Monday, 15. December 2014 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Pearly Harbor
  • PEARLY HARBOR, Nr. 3 (from: work group RESOLUTION / DISSOLUTION)
  • 2014
  • assemblage
  • Laser color print, sequins, adhesive
  • 42 x 21 cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

I used a skirt made of a sequined fabric, no doubt manufactured in piece-work and on the double, and loosened some of the sequins. Carefully undoing some 20 cm took me almost 60 minutes—absurd? In bulk commodity production, every minute less counts as a profit. Apart from that, no matter how far away these goods are produced, they can be shipped at extremely low cost on huge container vessels. Glued together in a cluster, the undone sequins now cover a low-res bitmapped print of a gigantic container port somewhere in Asia.

May

2014

Sunday, 25. May 2014 Gisele Bündchen 4,95
  • FASHION
  • 2014
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Berlin, May 2014. Gisele Bündchen in far-far away mise-en-scène. WANTED: intact flora and fauna, under water and above it.

March

2014

Thursday, 20. March 2014 Gaga Lady Bags
  • FASHION
  • 2014
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Rome, March 2014. Snakes on a Plane / Snakes on a Brain. Flattened snakeskins for manufacturing luxury handbags or—alternatively—living snakes on the head of Medusa, a mythological creature whose gaze turns to stone anyone who looks at her, whether man or beast. Legendary.

October

2013

Thursday, 10. October 2013 Gisele Bündchen 19,95
  • FASHION
  • 2013
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

 

Seen in Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg, September/October 2013. It works like this: you hire a model with the Midas touch, and presto! turnover figures—whether it’s for shampoo, dental care products, sandals, luxury goods or budget fashion—go up and up and up … However, the Greek legend actually said that literally everything that King Midas touched was turned into gold, even his food, which became inedible. So think twice—less may be more.

September

2013

Tuesday, 17. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • BEYONCÉ 4,95
  • 2013
  • digital photography
  • 12 c-prints on alu-dibond
  • 370x33/50cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

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SOLO SHOW, rosalux—the Berlin-based art space

June 29 – July 27, 2013 | photo exhibition

August 24, 2013 | art brunch

August 31 – September 21, 2013 | installations, video, info lounge, photo exhibition

 

<< Just click on the photo to start the video!

video introduction to FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95 by Tiny Domingos, director of rosalux—the Berlin-based art office, August 30, 2013.

Filmed by Axel Goppelt.

Sunday, 15. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • BEYONCÉ 4,95
  • 2013
  • photography, art brunch, installation, video, info lounge
  • multimedia
  • site-specific
  • Kerstin Weichsel

SOLO SHOW, rosalux—the Berlin-based art space, June 29 – September 21, 2013

Facing a compulsive veneration of fashion, beauty and irresponsible consumption in generalwatch out for FACEANDBOOK.ME activities.

Kerstin Weichsel’s current exhibition, Beyoncé 4.95, consists of thematically intensifying arrangements of a video, enormously striking everyday objects, photos and documentations as part of her art campaign FACEANDBOOK.ME that challenges propaganda marketing strategies. Resistance is futile, isn’t it?

In 2001 Kerstin Weichsel was the artistic director for the multimedia exhibition `HOMO@HABITATThe Evolution of British Lifestyle Design´, where she developed ten installations central to the theme featuring fashion, interior design, product design and new media. Homo@Habitat has appeared at Hadrian’s Temple, Rome 2001, and at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Prague 2002. The exhibition displayed a man-made world that goes far beyond man’s needs and that he or she is completely unable to cope with. Kerstin Weichsel lives and works in Berlin. (The show was organized by the London based British European Design Group—BEDG).

Friday, 13. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • 251 PHOTOGRAPHS + 6 TERMS = 15 SECONDS
  • 2013
  • stop motion video loop
  • Kerstin Weichsel

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<< Just click on the photo to start the video!

251 selected photographs from a series on advertising posters that I documented in Berlin, Munich and Meran in May 2013. Summer fashion items and bikinis were on presentation, some of which had cost €4.95. They were showcased, Vogue style, with superstar singer Beyoncé. Here we are lead up the garden path. smooth—body shape—dream beach—dream girl—chocolate—star style, I set these six allusory terms in between the photographs. What we see is actually just a few square meters of sand, lots of skin and hair, a face heavily made up, and some bits of textile—the stuff our dreams are made of, materialized in dumping-price merchandise. 251 pictures plus six terms in fast-motion add up to 15 seconds, simply a hype for the moment which will be followed by another one tomorrow. For the sound track to the “Beyoncé 4,95“ video, I listen in to the abundance of life: women laughing out of themselves just for the fun of it, young swallows being fed and chittering excitedly, the racket of a humming bee. I sharpen my senses and go my circles of thought.

Wednesday, 11. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • BABY WILL NEED A LOT OF COAL SOME DAY (Publicity / Picture Research 1954-2013 | 5 images)
  • 2013
  • assemblage
  • advertisement, colored silicone stickers
  • 120x70cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Baby will need a lot of coal some day.

Girl or boy? One thing’s for certain: coal will be one of the most important source of energy also for this new arrival. This is why our subsidiary Rheinbraun is going to continue to invest in lignite and hard coal. By which the company achieves good earnings, contrary to common prejudice. What other reason should one have to put so much time and energy into the development of coal? For more information call 0130-91 56 56.

RWE Energie, Rheinbraun, RWE-DEA, RWE Entsorgung, LAHMEYER, RWE Telliance,

Hochtief RWE Die Zukunftsgruppe (RWE is a German power provider: Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk, Rhine-Westphalia Electric Utilities)

RWE Energie, ad in German magazine DER SPIEGEL, p. 250/251, Nr. 42/1997

Monday, 9. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • THE COW TODAY; YOU TOMORROW (Puplicity / Picture Research 1954-2013 | 5 images)
  • 2013
  • assemblage
  • advertisement, colored silicone stickers
  • 120x70cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

The cow today; you, tomorrow.

In Nordenham on the lower Weser river, northern Germany, several cows died of toxic emissions from a lead works.

In Japan, people die of mercury poisoning. Fishing grounds are polluted by the industry with mercury sewage. Apart from Japan, West Germany is the country with the worst air pollution. Domestic heating, industrial and commercial combustion plants and the exhaust pipes of some 20 million West German cars are emitting millions of tons of exhaust fumes every year.

Eight million tons of carbon monoxide. In higher concentrations it can cause respiratory paralysis and death. Four million tons of sulfur dioxide. Combined with the atmospheric humidity, it forms highly corrosive sulfuric acid. Three million tons of hydrocarbons. They cause cancer. Two point five million tons of nitric oxides. They destroy lung tissue. Three point five million tons of soot and dust. They contribute to the formation of cancer. How long will we still be able to breathe?

If you want to be informed about current problems, you need a lot of facts. But even if you have many facts available, you’re still not completely informed. DIE ZEIT informs completely. It does not only give you facts, it gets to the bottom of these facts. It subjects the very fabric of the news to thorough analysis.

Week by week, DIE ZEIT provides its readers with the necessary knowledge. It informs on what’s happening in all realms of life and society: politics, economy, trade and culture.

DIE ZEIT—Others give you the facts, too. We get to the bottom of them.

Advertisement for DIE ZEIT ( German newspaper) in MERIAN, p. 102/103, XXVI-12, 1973

Friday, 6. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • ULTIMATE DISPOSAL (Publicity / Picture Research 1954-2013 | 5 images)
  • 2013
  • assemblage
  • newspaper article, DISNEY collectible sticker, colored silicone stickers
  • 120x70cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Ultimate Disposal

Cheer up! You can be afraid of a lot of things, spiders and weirdoes being most tangible reasons for disconcertment. Fearing other things, like the end of the world, is a bit more difficult for the majority of us, except if you’re American and as such on personal terms with the apocalypse (cf. on page 25). Also, the one million years that our nuclear waste will need to cool down is a rather abstract concept for most people actually …

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (German newspaper), detail of title page, 10.4. 2013

Wednesday, 4. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • WAY OUT OF THIS MESS II
  • 2013
  • installation / object art
  • underwear, toilet lid, bleach, newspaper article, pictograms, panel text
  • site-specific
  • Kerstin Weichsel

Jacques-Yves Cousteau: „In the 20th century, mankind has done more harm to the planet than in the entire human history before. The most serious damage has been worked by two main agents: the explosive population growth, in conjunction with economic mismanagement. There are today 5.6 billion people in the world [note Kerstin Weichsel: figure from 1996]. In less than sixty years—in 2050 A.D.—they will be ten billion. The dramatic rise in consumer spending that has been accompanying this growth will become an almost deadly threat to the Earth’s planet resources …”

Quoted from: Cousteau—a voice of warning for a better world, BERLINER MORGENPOST (German newspaper), 28./29.12.1996, supplement Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, p.2

The complete newspaper article is part of WAY OUT OF THIS MESS II

Monday, 2. September 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • PRECIOUS POSING
  • 2013
  • installation
  • display dummy legs, décor sand and flower, leggings, tape
  • 77x60x80cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

„…The market system as we see it today is more harmful to the planet than anything else: everything has its price but nothing has a value. As a result of this terrible confusion between price and value, today’s economic life is dominated by a fundamental unrealism; it has become an abstraction …”

Quoted from: Cousteau—a voice of warning for a better world, Berliner Morgenpost, 28./29.12.1996, supplement Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, p.2

The complete newspaper article is part of WAY OUT OF THIS MESS II

August

2013

Saturday, 31. August 2013 FACEANDBOOK.ME / Beyoncé 4,95
  • ALPHABET
  • 2013
  • panel text
  • transfer foil
  • 50x35cm
  • Kerstin Weichsel

This is a newspaper article in which I left out most nouns (i.e. words denoting things). What is missing is a riddle. No context is unfolding. Things and language belong together. In the course of human development, these have been important factors to increase one’s options. I am convinced that things should really be there for the people, not vice versa. As it appears, we are witnessing the illiteracization of the population, everything is reduced to superfluous objects that are to be purchased non-stop. Emptiness is growing.

June

2013

Thursday, 20. June 2013 Beyoncé 4,95
  • FASHION
  • 2013
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Berlin, Munich and Meran, May 2013. Much ado about a tiny bit of cloth, yes, we can. The price is right, damn right!

April

2013

Monday, 15. April 2013 Paradis(e) conscious
  • FASHION
  • 2013
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Berlin and Hamburg, March/April 2013. Destination: paper-mâché nature.

January

2013

Wednesday, 30. January 2013 Kate Moss Accessory
  • FASHION
  • 2013
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

 

Seen in Berlin, January 2013. Accessory madness, genuinely phony but the spider web is waiting …

November

2012

Friday, 30. November 2012 Lana del Rey 19,95
  • FASHION
  • 2012
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variabel
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen in Rome, October/November 2012, buy-me, take-me, happiness for the hotly contested customer, here & now, in this instant. Lana del Rey is fighting with women’s weapons here.

September

2012

Wednesday, 12. September 2012 Beckham Bikini
  • FASHION
  • 2012
  • photography
  • digital
  • size variable
  • Kerstin Weichsel

 

Seen here in Berlin, September 2012, on the historic Bikini House, during its remodeling into a new shopping mall. The entire storefront—400 meters long and 7 storeys high—plastered with giant posters: underwear in King Kong size.