Video games of No Video games, Directions for Strolling in Excessive Spirits

Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

13 November 2022 – 5 March 2023


Video games of No Video games – Directions for Strolling in Excessive Spirits presents 11 artists, whose work till just lately was categorized as ‘Outsider Artwork’. This now outdated class – also referred to as ‘Artwork Brut’, describes the artwork of psychiatric sufferers, prisoners or self-taught artists, who create work outdoors typical buildings of artwork coaching and artwork manufacturing.


The exhibition critically challenges these typical markers of exclusion. The curators of this lengthy overdue exhibition – Nikola Dietrich, Director of Kunstverein, and ex-gallerist Susanne Zander purpose to make seen how the offered artists intentionally work with their dependencies and struggles attributable to discrimination and disenfranchisement.


The title of the exhibition is impressed by a portray by Dietrich Orth (1956 – 1018) which is on show within the entrance space of the Kunstverein. Orth, who drew quick texts similar to ‘Video games of No Video games – Directions for Strolling in Excessive Spirits‘ instantly onto the canvas, was admitted to hospitals quite a few instances, resulting from a recurring psychosis, and located his distinct visible language via artwork remedy.


Albert Leo Peil’s (1946 – 2019) filigree geometric drawings reveal male protagonists rising from futuristic, Arcadian landscapes. The figures are sometimes depicted in beautiful, multi-piece robes with excessive collars, radiating a spiritual ambiance.


Klaus Beyer (b. 1952) is generally identified for his uncommon performances of Beatles songs which he deconstructs and covers together with his personal voice in German.


Lee Godie (1908-1994) who intentionally selected to stay on the streets of Chicago, used discovered materials because the supply of her pictures and work. She additionally took quite a few self-portraits in a photograph sales space within the Nineteen Seventies which she overpainted with felt pen, pencil and watercolour, constantly reinvented herself with totally different costumes and make-up.


By abandoning social conventions and dominant traditions, in addition to undermining social or gender performances, the artists within the exhibition have regularly been met with a lack of expertise. This was definitely the case for Helga Sophia Goetze (1922 – 2008) who broke away from a standard girl’s lifestyle within the Nineteen Seventies to advocate totally free love, intercourse, and feminine pleasure virtually day by day in entrance of the Memorial Church in Berlin. Radical roleplays have been carried out by Manuela Margarethe Hahn (1956-1996), who renamed herself Rabe Perplexum. In each her works and in life she adopted a raven persona. By means of her performances, actions and work that have been impressed by the Punk motion she already questioned fastened gender identities within the Nineteen Eighties.


Adelhyd von Bender (born as Harald Friedrich Bender, 1950 – 2014)) was expelled from the College of the Arts in Berlin in 1975. Difficult a deputyship in court docket for a few years, he used the photocopied letters from the German authorities as background for his drawings that break the world into mathematical formulation, creating a brand new world order intertwined with biographical particulars in associative chains.


Margarethe Held (1894 – 1981) produced lots of of portraits of imaginary prehistoric creatures in pencil and colored pencil and documented her visions in her e book ‘Uncontrollable Universe’ in 1977. Additionally August Walla (1936 – 2001) created his personal universe inhabited by ghosts, devils. gods and invented symbols while the Australian Youtube artist Wendy Vainity continues to make home made surreal and disturbing 3D animation which have repeatedly been blocked by the YouTube suppliers.


On the again wall of the exhibition area self-taught Afro-American artist William Scott’s (b. 1964) work render San Francisco as an imagined and fantastical utopian area, free from racism and marginalisation, that includes vibrant portraits of African-American celebrities and group members from his church.


The participation of Mission Artwork Works (an artist-led organisation in Hastings that collaborates with individuals who have complicated assist wants) on the landmark exhibition Documenta 15 in Kassel final 12 months, reveals that typical classes similar to ‘Outsider Artwork’ or ‘Artwork Brut’ and the give attention to the artists ‘Outsiderness’ are actually thought of out of date. As we speak they have to be critically challenged.


Video games of No Video games – Directions for Strolling in Excessive Spirits doesn’t place the exhibited artists and their inventive practices within the margins of society, as an alternative it highlights how every artist intentionally labored or works with their dependencies and struggles. For me the exhibition supplies highly effective and considerate insights into the difficulties and institutional inclusions the invited artists have been or are nonetheless going through right this moment as inventive practitioners however most significantly all of them provide strategies for a greater and fairer approach of treating each other.


Christine Takengny
Senior Curator


Hahnenstrasse 6, 50667 Cologne
Opening Instances: Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 6pm
Exhibition open till 5 March 2023