BELOW THE BEACH / UNTER DEM STRAND

BELOW THE BEACH, Lotte Linder & Till Steinbrenner BELOW THE BEACH, Lotte Linder & Till Steinbrenner BELOW THE BEACH, Lotte Linder & Till Steinbrenner BELOW THE BEACH, Lotte Linder & Till Steinbrenner

BELOW THE BEACH / UNTER DEM STRAND

Permanent installation
Aquarium, incorporated into the building technology of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, Astyanax jordani (cave tetra), steel construction, pipes, hoses, pumps, museum air condensate, paper silverfish, volcanic rock
Aquarium 80 x 80 x 80 cm
Sprengel Museum Hannover 2020 - 2023
Photos: Lindner & Steinbrenner

A small swarm of fish silently swim through the water. A pump is used to send the condensate extracted from the museum's air-conditioning system to the aquarium. Spillover water disappears in the opposite direction into the museum's wastewater. The temperature, as well as the necessary movement of the water's surface, are ensured by the air-conditioning system's inlet air, which has been consolidated by means of a funnel. The fish food consists of small insects called paper silverfish, which are present in every museum in the world and which like to – as their name indicates – eat paper, among other things. They don't care who previously painted or drew on it or who exposed it to light. Channeled into an intermediate world by the artists, they live like a conjoining organ between the museum's presentation and supply levels. 'As an alternative to the white cube in which art is normally presented, Lindner & Steinbrenner find the ideal location in order to take what an art museum wants to accomplish ad absurdum: the art is alive, the basin filled, the space inhabited by an unpretentious resident ideally adapted to museum conditions and that, because blind, is incapable of viewing anything.'(1)

(1)Excerpt from the text accompanying the work at the Sprengel Museum Hannover