Jahresgaben
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TILMAN JUNGHANS
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For the walls of the Abyssal in the bar of the Kunstverein, Tilman Junghans created a wall installation with knitted pieces of fabric, which we are happy to now offer individually as our annual Jahresgaben (editions). The two-tone scarves have unobtracted, abstract-seeming patterns. Microscopic images of plankter served as the basis for the three light beige panels. The plant and animal microorganisms are considered to be a prerequisite for life in the sea. They are invisible to the human eye - except in their mass, when they reproduce in spring under the right climatic and nutritional conditions. Seen from space, the plankton bloom in the Arctic Ocean is reminiscent of a painting. Satellite images of this natural phenomenon served Junghans as the basis for the six dark scarves. To control his home knitting machine, he translated the pictures into binary images in the form of punched cards. Junghans often uses this so-called Jaquard technique in his works. On the walls of the Abyssal they remind us of the fan scarf decor of a club or clubhouse. This is apt in that the Abyssal has been declared the physical headquarters of the BAD BOY JESUS CITY SWIMMERS CLUB - an association that anyone—swimmers and non-swimmers alike—can join free of charge. The name Abyssal refers to the (bottomless) depths of the ocean, the habitat of plankton and still many undiscovered life forms. The club itself broadly functions as a metaphor for both individual and social life in the city: staying afloat or floundering, swimming with or against the stream. 

Tilman Junghans (born 1987) studied sculpture at the HFBK Hamburg with Pia Stadtbäumer. Apart from his artistic practice he also works as a musician and programmer.

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