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Over the past several decades, conceptual artist Mischa Kuball (b. 1959, Düsseldorf, Germany) has created a series of site-specific artworks titled “public preposition,” calling attention to the relationship between public sites and their surrounding communities and contexts. Many of these projects are temporary in nature, some existing only in photo documentation and others using ephemeral media such as light and performance to stage architectural interventions that raise questions about how the very notion of a “public” is constituted. Running throughout this body of work is a subtle understanding of the symbolic and transformative power of light to summon emotions, energize communities, and stimulate conversations. Kuball will join Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson to discuss how he has used light in his practice to catalyze communities and stimulate collective healing.
This program is presented in partnership with the Goethe-Insitut.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mischa Kuball has been working in the public and institutional sphere since 1977. He is a Professor at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe. Since 2015 he has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf. In 2016 he was honored with the German Light Award.
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Mischa Kuball, DYS(U)TOPIA on a truck, (c) Foto Archiv Mischa Kuball, 2022
Portrait of Mischa Kuball (c)Daniel Biskup, Wittenberg