[artinfo] COLD TURKEY - AN INVITATION
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
newsletter at kw-berlin.de
Mon Mar 22 15:44:03 CET 2010
Hotel Marienbad 009
Benjamin Blanke und Claudia Kapp
COLD TURKEY - AN INVITATION
From April 1st to 30th, 2010 a drug detox residency will be offered.
Artists, curators, critics and all those
professionally related to the arts are invited to
The Hotel Marienbad suite offers a confidential
retreat secluded from the public eye.
Your drug detox will take place under therapeutic guidance and medical care.
Privacy and anonymity will be respected throughout the entire process.
Medical and therapeutic care provided by
Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe, Berlin.
Please contact us prior to March 28th, 2010 at contact at hotelmarienbad.com.
All correspondence will remain confidential.
A project by Benjamin Blanke & Claudia Kapp
COLD TURKEY - AN INVITATION is an intervention as
well as an invitation. Drugs consumption usually
takes place in a grey area of society; in the art
world it has traditionally been accorded a
special status linked to expansion of
consciousness and disdain for taboos. An
iconography of intoxication and the Dionysian
mythology, moreover, are often used to argue the
possibility of non-destructive drugs consumption.
The invitation offers guests interested in
undertaking drugs detoxification a safe place and
medical guidance throughout the process.
Artists Benjamin Blanke and Claudia Kapp have
used the invitation extended by Hotel Marienbad
as an opportunity to extend an invitation of
their own. Their advertisement publicizes a taboo
phenomenon while at the same time offering the
possibility to enter into dialogue and to
participate in a genuine detoxification program.
The project venue Hotel Marienbad is both an
artistic space and a symbol for the hotel as a
public place that paradoxically guarantees
anonymity and discretion. Its function as a
hideout, meanwhile, has provided the stuff for
many a legend.
The project COLD TURKEY - AN INVITATION takes as
its starting point the specific situation of
drugs consumption in the art world. This initial
focus reflects the fact that drugs have different
functions in each scene or subculture,
sociocultural milieu and local culture. The
traditions of psychoactive substance use
developed in social micro- as well as
macrocultures represent a potent rival to legal
regulations in determining drugs use in specific
social groups and in forming ritualized behaviors
with regard to drugs.
The project COLD TURKEY - AN INVITATION offers
each guest an individualized treatment plan
tailored to their particular needs. All responses
to the invitation will be handled with care and
confidentiality. To gather the medical
information necessary for developing the
treatment plan, guests will be asked to fill out
a questionnaire for assessment by the project's
medical staff. The project will either provide or
procure a place in a detox program for all
respondents. Medical and therapeutic attendance
will be provided by the medical staff of
Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe in Berlin.
Benjamin Blanke, born in Karlsruhe in 1973,
settled in Berlin after completing his studies
(from 1998 to 2005) at the Staatliche Akademie
der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe and at the
University of the Arts Bremen.
Claudia Kapp, born in Freiburg in 1974, studied
at the University of the Arts Bremen and at the
Royal Academy of Art Den Haag from 1998 to 2005.
She lives and works in Berlin.
Situated in the front building of KW Institute
for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Hotel Marienbad
since its opening in Spring 2008 opens up
possibilities beyond the white cube by offering a
poetic space for highly diverse modes of
presentation and performance formats. Eluding all
attempts at defining it as either a private or a
public space, it is both useful space and
artistic platform. Whether they present an
exhibition or host an evening event is up to the
guests, who do not pay for bed and board in the
usual way. Instead, the accepted currency are
artistic interventions that subject the place to
permanent change. Thus each guest leaves traces
which combine to form part of a collective
process that is reflected in the steadily rising
figure of the room number.
Supported by the Friends of KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
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