Juergen Trautwein

Photo-documentations of ephemeral in- and outdoor installations - part of the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridisation project


On Old Path

On Old Path (Auf alten Pfaden ) is a photo documentation of the evolving, ephemeral NIESATT outdoors drawing/installation/performance - a conceptual temporary interactions with nature project, where action and object become one. The project explores ancient trails and fictional ancient trails, as well as the idea of the long gone and still there, the path and passing - touching aspects of walking patterns, transitions, migrations and repetitions.

On Old Path is a tribute to Bashō's "The narrow road to the deep north" in which he suggests that "every day is a journey, and the journey itself home."

While being on an On Old Path bitten and stung by bugs and mosquitoes, performing to the various sounds of birds and the elements, my mind circles around Richard Long's a line made by walking, Duerer's Reisen, also Dieter Roth's garden sculpture, Zhuangzi's philosophy, Noah Purifoy's outdoor projects and many others that might come up in a stream of thought.

On Old Path - Shoshone Trail, Furnace creek, Death Valley, 2014

On Old Path - Miwok Trail, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay, 2013

On Old Path - Ohlone Trail, Lands End, San Francisco, 2013

On Old Path - Roman holloway and Burg Ravensburg, Kraichgau, Germany, 2013

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Traces of Times Past - @ Fort McDowell historical site a former Military Hospital, Angel Island, 2013

Angel Island Speed shows
Temporary space occupations @ Angel Island’s Fort McDowell’s East Garrison,
South–East shore, 37.86˚N 122.43˚W

A squatter residency in 2 acts

“Traces of times past” are ephemeral performative drawing installations in a former hospital at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in the Bay of San Francisco.

The project is part of the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridization project an evolving exploration of time and the process of exercising being. “Traces of times past” are reenacted, re-tracings of possible walking patterns in a once busy military hospital, using white letter-size paper to draw on floor-spaces, building lines that are connecting rooms, becoming aesthetic incisions in a morbid environment. “Traces of times past” is a project that sees drawing as an activity rather then a product, emphasizing the process over the result.

The project consists of two ephemeral occupation sessions, each between one and two hours of continuous floor-work. "Traces of Times Past" is video and photo-documented, incorporating sounds and shapes of visitors checking out the space. This project is a disclosure of the artistic process for an unprepared audience.

Session 1 - October 1st, 2013, 10:40 am – 11:55 am, sunny, light breeze, 21˚C
- Approximately 10 visitors, no comment
- Strong facial itching after the session, probably caused by mildew, dust & ancient skin cells.

Session 2 – October 8th, 2013, 11:02 am – 12:33 pm, partly cloudy, windy, 19˚C
- Approximately 20 visitors, laughter, one person said: “morons”
- Worked partially with dust mask, no itching afterwards.

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Workstation Sisyphus - from the office for unsolvable problems work cycle - a studio installation, San Francisco, 2013

Workstation Sisyphus is a mixed media room installation in variable dimensions, consisting of laptop computer(s) (showing drawings and caricatures of the human folly as slide shows) as well as cushion's), clothes, shoes, books, stones, flowers etc. and “time sheets”, which are unwanted drawings, paintings, prints, sketches, notes, flyers, form-letters, texts, everything ready to be torn up and thrown away, or anything considered not being a “finished” art-piece in the 8,5 x 11 inches paper format; anything that could be recycled, reused, reworked and re-contextualized and the back sides of the painting series “Skins”.

Workstation Sisyphus explores the eternal concept of up hill rock-pushing as a symbol for the absurdity of human life. The “time sheets” used for this project symbolize the creative process as a repetitive doing, a constant up and down to make something meaningful; art as means of finding meaning within meaninglessness.