Georg Klein (DE)

Georg Klein is a sound, video and media artist and composer. Based in Berlin, he has also lived in Rome, Los Angeles and Istanbul. As a part of Horsens Happening he installed the fake organization European Border Watch in a store in Hospitalsgade.

With a background in composition, Georg Klein has developed a multi-faceted artistic practice, in which he works with sound, video, text, and photography. In his installations and interventions – in particular those in public spaces – he intensifies the visual, acoustic, situational and political aspects into an area of tension, in which visitors become involved, either on an interactive or participatory basis. The point of departure of his work is the investigation of sites and situations. He focuses on their inherent contradictions, which he transforms aesthetically so as to become a topic of discussion and deliberation. The theme of borders and their transgression, in psychological inner space and in political public space, plays an important role in his work, both in terms of content as well as form. With his site-specific installations, as well as his concert works and radio play-like sound walks, he challenges, in an irritating manner, his public’s perception of the border between art and reality. He plays with trans-border, audio-visual communication spaces using techniques such as the artistic fake, which lead the recipient into an uncertain terrain, to question identities, and, in a provocative fashion, forces the visitor to engage in critical reflection. In recent years, the artistic debate on societal power relations in politics and the economy has been the focus of his artistic as well as curatorial work. His interventions in both physical space and the public media have at times provoked strong reactions from the public and press, as his work has often made use of a subversive-affirmative strategy and has thereby abandoned the safe and secure framework of art.

Documentation of the work in Horsens:

“Kunstnergruppe bruger falske nyheder”, februar 2017, DR P1.
“Horsens Happening (24 pages)”, vinterferien 2017, Horsens Folkeblad.

Recording of “Borger møde” from the last day:

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