|The Shell Game /Alba neagra|
|film, 2', Berlin, 2006|
the beginning of May 2006, we found groups of people on Liebknecht Bridge
in Berlin playing alba neagra, or the shell game, a street con played by a group of
four to five men - the dealer and three to four players, who try to involve
passers-by. Here the groups were composed of both women and men playing
amongst themselves, a real theatrical performance, because tourists showed
no interest in the game. In the background, the Palast der Republik was
under demolition. Large banners reading "a democratic decision"
were installed on the fences surrounding the construction site. The whole
scene suggested that someone in the background was playing alba neagra with
"In their installation Alba Neagra, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor focus on various aspects of urban transformation: the conquest of existent spaces by architectural elements that reflect political decisions is visualised by a structure that suggests the volume of a tilted house, placed aslant in a room. A video compares the treatment of architecture and history with the shell game, during wich the elements appear and disappear acording to an incomprehensibile and deceptive system. The construction and the video are supplemented by photographs of empty spaces and wastelands in Marzahn, where architecture surprisingly reproduces itself at another spot-that is, in apiaries that duplicate the form of the Plattenbauten found here. The artists examine the ideological traces of architecture and the contradiction ontained the various historic layers."
excerpt from How to Do Things? - In he Middle of (No)where..., catalogue, Appropriation of a Space of Possibility by Dorothee Bienert and Antje Weitzel
Palast der Republick, Berlin, constructed 1973 - 1976 demolished 2006 - 2008