dusseldorf

Astrid Sourkova and Markus Selg

KAI 10 Raum für Kunst

KAI 10 Raum für Kunst was started last year by founding director Monika Schnetkamp as a platform for young artists. For this exhibition, “Der müde Tod oder der Gang über die ekstatische Treppe” (The Weary Death or the Path over the Ecstatic Stairs), KAI 10 curator Zdenek Felix put the space at the disposal of Markus Selg and Astrid Sourkova, both artists based in Berlin. Selg and Sourkova took as the starting point for their installation Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou’s silent film Der müde Tod (The Weary Death, 1921), a paradigmatic example of German Expressionism, in which a woman attempts to wrest her lover away from Death. Her struggle entails both global and transhistorical travel, taking her from caliphate Baghdad to Renaissance Venice and ancient China.

In reacting to the film, Selg and Sourkova invited other artists, all based in Germany, to collaborate with them: Andrew Gilbert,

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