The Kestner Gesellschaft presents the exhibition “A Fragment of Eden” in public and digital space and thus the third sub-project of “Open Worlds”. Visitors can chat with each other and the art objects via an app and navigate from artwork to artwork through Hannover’s city center. Over four months, the exhibited works will exchange their decentralized locations throughout the city, allowing visitors, passers-by and residents to experience them in various spatial contexts and stages.
The artist Malte Taffner is realizing the exhibition in collaboration with the artists Collectif Grapain, Nike Kühn, Christian Holl, and Lea Schürmann at four locations distributed throughout the city: the Goseriedeplatz in front of the Kestner Gesellschaft, at Waterlooplatz, at the Dornröschenbrücke, and in the Welfengarten. The artworks presented contain life forms that change over the summer and can be observed. The app lets interested visitors navigate between the sites using a map and explore questions about relationships and interconnections between humans, animals, plants and technology.
The exhibition addresses life in the city at a time shaped by the effects of manufactured climate change, capitalism and a postcolonial legacy. By enabling visitors to communicate with each other and with the artworks, the exhibition aims to make the engagement with art in urban space more participatory. Visitors can take on tasks that arise in the exhibition project, such as watering plants, harvesting mushrooms or finding out more information about the works and recipes through the chats.
“A Fragment of Eden” can be visited until the 30th of September 2022 in Hannover. The app can be accessed via this link.