The Unknown Room in Berlin
29 April, 2011
The Fifth Wall
Saturday 30th April - Sunday 29th May
Friday 29th April 18:00 - 21:00
Bourouina Gallery, Charlottenstrasse 1, Berlin
We will be showing our installation The Unknown Room, a project in collaboration with Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris...
"The Unknown Room is hard to write about. As with all things LE GUN, there is a degree of mystery attached that clouds the actual truth. Chinese Whispers, rumours, hearsay and urban legend prevail. Remember the mantra of the late Tony Wilson, 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story'? It seems fitting in this case.
The room's inception has a lot to do with George Melly, the Dada loving jazz truffler and Soho frequenter. The discovery of a suitcase containing his diary in a disused Masonic shoe shop in Hackney. The story unfolds. A kiss from lady boy luck combined with a trip to Belgium and quite possibly, some E's, rubbish cocaine and several hundred pints of Guinness and to cut a long story short, here we are. The Unknown Room. Central to the room is the table map of LeGundon. An introduction to the concept, or way of life, that is LeGundon.
To begin to have an understanding of anything that stands around you study this map.
Like you, Melly is a visitor in this land. But he is a ghost, a tool for blending fact and fiction into their black and white hyper-reality.
History, the present and the future combined. You, the audience are merely voyeurs, gifted an outsiders view into these sights and scenes unknown and mainly unusual. As Melly travels through the land of LeGundon, it is possible to follow his progress, featured in the main pictures within the room, he goes about his business."
(Harry Malt, East London Dreamzone 2011)
Stephanie von Reiswitz
The other part of the exhibition is a cinema called Kino Total:
“KinoTotal” is a reference about movies and moving images and its relations to recipients from the art world. Artists, critics and gallerists were asked to present their movie, clip or video of particular interest.
“KinoTotal” presents the selected movies in a private screening room in a daily changing program. Furthermore, three times a week, evening sceenings will be presented by guests, giving an introduction and talk about their relations to the chosen cinematic work.
The project includes participations from: Guido W. Baudach, Thea Djordjadze, Julia Fryett, Katharina Grosse, Mark Guisbourne, Eberhard Havekost, Lothar Hempel, Georg Herold, Birgitta Homburger & Florian Lambl, Gregor Hildebrandt, Niels Borch Jensen, Birte Kleemann, Alexander Koch, Nicola Kuhn, Matt Lambert, Ulrich Loock, Jonathan Meese, Dominikus Müller, Henrikke Nielsen, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Thibaut de Ruyter, Aurel Scheibler, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Société, Heidi Specker, Birgit Sonna, Ute Stuffer, Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Annika von Taube, Yann Toma, Monika Branicka & Asia Zak.
“KinoTotal” is initiated and organized by Amel Bourouina and Markus Draper.