Kateřina Šedá Pavillon; photo by Philipp Ottendörfer
On Saturday September 20, 2014 the visitors and denizens of Sennestadt are invited to join a massive treasure hunt art project – Three Hills, Three Trees, Two Roses choreographed by Kateřina Šedá. This lazy Saturday game gets serious when you find out that Sennestadt has a population of 21 000.
Three Hills, Three Trees, Two Roses will significantly impact the habitual circulation of the city and change the familiar interactions between people in the community into playful competition. Šedá’s performance work is part of the exhibition ‘Vor Ort’ (On Site), curated by Thomas Thiel, the Director of the Bielefelder Kunstverein. Running from May till late October 2014, the exhibition is a series of installations and events that engage with the history and curious artistic, environmental, and architectural space of the city.
Sennestadt was designed according to a project called “Experiment Amid Green Fields” by the architect and urban planner Dr. Hans Bernhard Reichow in the 1950’s. Sennestadt crystallizes technological, social, and political transformations after the war with an emphasis on preserving the natural environment while remaining a functional space that satisfies the inhabitants’ needs. Using organic systems and anatomical structures to model his city, Reichow’s urban design is as much an artwork as it is technical. Inspired by this creative, animate urban space, ‘Vor Ort’ gathers together various artists to do site specific installations, presentations, and interventions that deal with issues of community, architecture, and living habits. Artists include David Adamo, Awst & Walther, Michael Beutler, Andreas Bunte, Christian Falsnaes, Manfred Pernice, Arne Schmitt and Kateřina Šedá.
Kateřina Šedá – “Drei Hügel, drei Bäume, zwei Rosen” (2014), drawing, collage, Vor Ort. Kunstprojekt Sennestadt, © Kateřina Šedá
Three Hills, Three Trees, Two Roses will start at 10 am at the Kateřina Šedá’s Pavilion. Participants are free to participate as they wish: alone or in teams – walk, bike, or take a car – for a few hours or all day. The game involves finding specific residents (drawn by each participant by chance) and convincing them to come to the main square to place a small model of their house on a map, which will occur in 8 possible rounds of increasing difficulty. The prize for the winner will be 1 001 EUR, inspired by the fist documentary mention of the landscape of Sennestadt.
“Three Hills, Three Trees, Two Roses”
Treasure Hunt: Saturday, Oct. 20; 10am-8pm
Vennhofallee 70 (click here for map)
Vor Ort. Public Art Project Sennestadt – GROUP SHOW
c/o Sennestadtverein e.V.
Exhibition: May – Oct. 2014
Blog entry by Alena Sokhan in Berlin; Friday, Sep. 19, 2014.