Michael Sailstorfer 2008
Sat 06. Sep 2008 - Sat 04. Oct 2008
Untitled (Junger Römer) - 2008
300 x 800 x 30 cm 118 x 315 x 11 3/4 in
Photo: Achim Hatzius
Untitled (Junger Römer) (2008) is the perfect imitation of an 8 meter long neon billboard from GDR radio manufacturer "Stern Radio". The advertisement for the state combine, closed in 1990, can still be found today on a building on the corner of Greifswalder Straße and Am Friedrichshain in Berlin. There, as a relic of past times, it divulges its decay under graffiti and pigeon filth. Sailstorfer revives the out of service object, allowing its copy to blink rhythmically under colourful neon tubes. The pulsing interplay of lights evokes radio waves whose hypnotizing effect goes well over the limits of the sculpture. The object, freed from all advertising messages, works at the same time as a stylized portrait. Two spiral-shaped eyes that turn in psychedelic colour circles, Sailstorfer' light sculpture appears like the materialized spectre of an abandoned era. For Michael Sailstorfer solo exhibition at Schirn / Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main in 2008 the neon sign was installed on the roof of the museum. The title of the work refers to both, the historical market place in front of the Schirn Kunsthalle and to the song "Junge Römer" by the Austrian singer Falco.