Curated by Sarah Szczesny and Sabine Schiffer
“In 2016 I started ‘Cabinet of Kaput’ with Peter Abs and Alex Wissel as a weekly published art section on Kaput – Magazin für Pop und Insolvenz, the cultural website by Thomas Venker and Linus Volkmann.
For ‘Cabinet of Kaput’ our approach was not a journalistic one, instead we were presenting art works made exclusively for this digital context in the format of 180 x 18 cm – a dimension following the speficitation and perception of looking at websites and scrolling images.
In 2017 (after a little pause) I reanimated ‘Cabinet of Kaput’ together with Sabine Schiffer and since then we have been inviting artists like
Yesim Akdeniz, Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann, Pablo Castoldi, Norman Chernick-Zeitlin, Marieta Chirulescu, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Isabelle Fein, Vittoria de Franchis, Jessica Gisbert, Michael Hakimi, Simon Hemmer, Oliver Husain, Dorota Jurczak, Fernanda Laguna, Svea Mausolf, Jan Meier, Nie Pastille, Phantom Kino Ballett, Hedda Schattanik & Roman Szczesny, Franca Scholz, Timo Seber, Paul Sochacki and Francesco Vizzini.
Following the changes caused by the pandemic we have been thinking about how we could transfer this digital format into a physical object and came up with idea of creating an edition featuring the published ‘Cabinet of Kaput’ contributions. In times of digital overpresence we wanted to develop an object, using the Cabinet’s characteristics, that could be seen as a physical panel – and at the same time could be used or worn on the body and be touched. The object of 180 x 18 cm appears like a long and narrow column, a cabinet or even a stola or a scarf.
After doing some test prints on several fabrics we chose a heavy and slightly shiny silk which is comfortable to touch and where the motifs are appearing in their best way. To give the so called “C of K”-s more substance we decided to combine the silk with another fabric to evoke a contrast with a matt cotton fabric. This cotton was considered to be the backside, always of the same image or print. I designed the pattern for it: It comes from the first public announcement of the project and was also used as an invitation card I did in 2016.
Sabine and I are excited to present this ‘Cabinet of Kaput’ edition at Gallery Mieke van Schaijk for the very first time.”
Sarah Szczesny, 4 October Cologne 2021