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"Do All Oceans Have Walls?" 17.05. 1998 - 26.07.1998

Ross Sinclair

"I love real live", Neon, acrylic glass, six different colours, 0,29 m x 1,40 m x 0,09 m, Location: six different places in the city

The artist Ross Sinclair wrote the affirmation „I LOVE REAL LIFE“ on the wall of an official building, a hospital, a church, a school, a police station and a snack bar round the corner; locations that undertake different public tasks or satisfy social needs. The statement marks the typical locations of a completely normal city. It speaks from the city’s perspective, it reinforces its characteristic features up to the point of caricature. But whether confirming or contradicting, this statement is ironic, loving, pathetic, melancholic, optimistic and solemn.

(Translated from catalogue text)

20 local and international artists participated in the exhibition project „Do all Oceans Have Walls“ launched by GAK (association of modern art)

Along the Weser river, they produced art works, which are typical for the urban situation in Bremen and therewith created some kind of urban redefinition. Focus of interest was the direct face-off with the public to encourage new experiences with the environment.

Participants: Dennis Adams, Biefer / Zgraggen, Olafur Eliasson, Annika Eriksson, Malachi Farrell, Peter Friedl, Lucy Gunning, Fabrice Gygi, Alfredo Jaar, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Ange Leccia, Claude Lévêque, Ann Lislegaard, Aernout Mik, Marylène Negro, Hinrich Sachs, Eran Schaerf und Eva Meyer, Ross Sinclair, Bob & Roberta Smith, Stephen Willats

Curators of the project: Horst Griese, Eva Schmidt


Do All Oceans Have Walls?

Herausgeber: Griese, Horst; Schmidt, Eva
Text: Eine Ausstellung in 21 Projekten. 17.Mai - 26.Juli 1998 in Bremen
Jahr: 1998
ISBN: 3-926865-18-0