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Sander, Ralf (2011) CATCHING THE MOON IN A CUP. Bokow Church [Artefact]

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This project is a research about the spiritual history of locations, objects and their meanings. The chronicles of history are tied to the locality: there is no history without location. I developed an artistic form and language for the complex connections between history and presence in the context of this location, its metaphorical or narrative content and its objects.Catching the sun in a cup / German title Brunnen und Spiegel, is a series of objects and installations in the Bukow church of the St. Bartholomew pilgrimage and is close to the park of Castle Nennhausen in Brandenburg, near Berlin, Germany. The church was built in 996 AD on the location of a Slavonic sacred well. Later the church became a station of the St. Bartholomew pilgrimage. The church guarded the blood of St.Bartholomew and the water of the holy well. The poet Friedrich de Lamotte Fouquee lived in the nearby Nennhausen Palace and wrote the famous piece Undine, which was the model for the Little Mermaid by the Danish writer H.C. Anderson. All works and installations are referring to the history and Romantic atmosphere of these two locations. The well and mirror installation connect the sun with the water of the metaphorical underworld by rebuilding the well in the church at its former location and by drawing attention to how the sun reflects itself in the water. The exhibition refers to different objects and installations in the sacred pilgrimage and the miraculous, holy relics. The installations on the lake of the Nennhausen Palace are referring to the German Romantic period, in memory of the great poem “Undine” (Arielle) that was written in this location almost 200 years ago.

Item Type:Artefact
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Art and Design Research Institute
Location:Bokow Church
Location:Brandenburg, Germany
Date:12 August 2011
ID Code:24006
Deposited By: Mr Ralf Sander
Deposited On:22 Nov 2012 21:57
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:08

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