Brandstifter: Lost & Found 2012… Asphaltbibliotheque Mainz
June 06 - August 26, Main Station Square, 55116 Mainz
Brandstifter, the German conceptual artist who performed a cassette tape reading at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery opening of A Book About Death in 2009 has set up shop in Mainz, Germany.
The conceptual installation with lost & found sheets of paper from the streets of Mainz collected by Brandstifter are presented on the outside of an accessible wooden cube in front of main station for three months (through August)at the art in public space project by V.E.B. Freie Brandstiftung in cooperation with Kulturdezernat Landeshauptstadt Mainz.
Visitors or passerby can take part in the exhibition by submitting their found papers for the participative project in the mail box at the cube. The Asphalt Librarian will turn them into large Blow ups and integrate them into the constantly changing exhibition. Brandstifter developed his concept Asphaltbibliotheque for archiving found pieces of papers at Mainzer Galerie Walpodenstraße 21 in 1998.
Since then he collects and exhibits them worldwide for example 2009 as artist in residency at Flux Factory New York with grants by Schloss Balmoral, Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur. The three month exhibition will be guided by an opening reception on June 16, 6pm in the shape of an EXCHANGE BUREAU FOR LOST&FOUND SHEETS OF PAPER, a 24h performance with members of the performing arts ensemble “Raum (0)” on July 27, a FLUX exchange project arcross the river Rhine with Ben Patterson (A Penny for your thoughts) at the cube in Mainz and Brandstifter at Ben's Pavillion, Museum Wiesbaden as well as an art zine that displays the progress of the project and lost&found art that can be submitted by E-mail through firstname.lastname@example.org