Christoph Schäfer & Cathy Skene

Tom Backhauss

Arcadia is a never-never land that transcends reality and into which values and notions of happiness have been projected. The only possible realization of this world is esthetic; its model goes back to Virgil and Theocritus, but its conception is flexible enough to adjust to the social and esthetic conditions of any period. Here Christoph Schäfer & Cathy Skene make use of arcadia as a malleable topos. It is both the title of the exhibition and an associative signpost. Schäfer & Skene combine the vita activa of urban hustle and bustle with the vita contemplativa of a natural idyll in their own version: a skateboard ramp, a water fountain, and a three-minute videoloop (a photo-wall multiple is also presented, separate from the installation). The video shows a brief scene from François Truffaut’s film L’amour en fuite (Love on the run, 1979), in which two women misuse the room they are in—a

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