L’Ecole de Recherche Graphique de Bruxelles (ERG)
presents Craig Havens in collaboration with Françoise Tahon
Everybody Knows Our Cities Were Built To Be Destroyed
A Countermonumental Artist Publication Project between Berlin and Brussels
Exhibition and Presentation
April 4, 17h00
Galerie Andreas Schmidt
Florastrasse 61, Berlin 13187
What makes an artist’s book a work of art in itself ? This is the question to be explored during the collaborative design action led by artist Craig Havens and professor Francoise Tahon.
Collaborators will be given full access to the recently completed archive of the artist’s works from the image series “Everybody Knows Our Cities Were Built To Be Destroyed”. The archive features images of damage and impact marks to public monuments in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany. The work explores the legacy of warfare and the ability of non-restoration to activate the present-day experience of traditional monuments.
Participants will be invited by the artist to Berlin for three days from April 3-5 to visit the locations of the actual historic sites at which the images were created. The artist will collaborate with participants to identify additional raw material for dispersal and reconstruction of new variations on the theme through generative printed publications. A public exhibition of the final publications will take place on April 4 in collaboration with Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin.
Craig Havens (US/DE) is a visual artist exploring the migration of traditional monuments into photography, moving images, sculpture and sound – effectively disembodying the monument and allowing it to traverse space and time. Havens employs this perspective to present the viewer with opportunities for confronting transience and the improbability of existence.
Site-specific installation and public space actions reveal new perspectives on lens-based practices and monumental structures. Work has been exhibited internationally in such venues among others as Art Basel, Switzerland in 2013, Open Arts Foundation and United States Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria in 2014, Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany in 2015, Nanjing International Arts Biennale, Nanjing, China in 2016 and Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin, Germany in 2017.
Craig Havens. Waterloo Battlefield (Freshly-Turned Soil), 2015
Archival Pigment Print on Cold Press Rag Paper, 110cm x 140cm
Craig Havens. New Countermonuments
Opening : Monday 30th of May, 6pm
galerie de l'erg
Exhibition from Monday 30th of May to Wednesday 1st of June
Opening hours : from Noon to 4pm
Monuments are historically concerned with claiming a ground that cannot be challenged – seeking to maintain assumptions of singularity, centralization, legacy and perpetuity. Countermonumental strategies are those ways of working that embrace multiplicities, peripheries, temporality and impermanence.
The interplay between material forms and the immaterial presence of memory is a major concern in the work of Craig Havens - one which begs to be explored in terms of its ability to shape new forms of artistic expression and which describes the memorial effect of intentional ritual and even unintentional chaotic events.
The artist Craig Havens is Phd Candidate, Doctorate in Art and Sciences of Art, ED20
Joint Doctoral Program
Ecole supérieure des Arts - erg, Brussels
UCL, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Louvain-la-Neuve
Project Summary http://www.craighavens.com/PS.pdf