An intervention by Julia Bornefeld


Curated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow
Price: Free of charge

Venue: Space05

Space05 is host to a glittering light object: EPHEMERE. Created by German multimedia artist Julia Bornefeld, this opulent chandelier takes as its theme the ambiguous properties between forms of functionality (as a lamp and/or space that can be hired), as an ornamental object, as a light sculpture and also – embracing a thoroughly critical perspective on consumerism – acts as a site-specific intervention in “free” art space.


EPHEMERE (“ephemeral” = transient, fleeting) is made up of thousands of one-cent coins. Initially, its glamour recalls the shimmering chandeliers typical of the fin de siècle, of the art deco period. At a second glance, however, it is clear that these copper coins allude to the transience of values, to the fleeting nature of money in itself and also to European banks’ imminent plans to do away with “worthless” one- and two-cent coins.


EPHEMERE, 2016, 300 x 200 x 200 cm, copper (copper coins), steel, LED lighting system 
Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Wien

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Julia Bornefeld

* 1963 in Kiel (DE), lives and works in Bruneck (IT), Vienna (AT) and Berlin (DE)

1984–89: College of Design, Kiel

1986–87: Accademia delle Belle Arti Venezia (Emilio Vedova) and Akademia Likovna Umjetnost, Ljubljana

1990: Awarded the Joe-und-Xaver-Fuhr-Preis and Förderungspreis des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

1991: Gottfried Brockmann-Preis awarded by state capital Kiel; video films in collaboration with Ralf Rainer Odenwald


Solo exhibitions (selected) until 2005

2015: somniflos, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck; Paradigma, Galerie Antonella Cattani Contemporary Art, Bozen.

2014: SUBLIME, Kunstraum Bernsteiner, Wien, Galerie Marie – José van de Loo Projekte, München, Galerie Clemens Thimme, Karlsruhe; THE BURNING SUPPER, Hofburg Brixen, Brixen; Vanity and High Fidelity, Subraum ZKM, Karlsruhe.

2013: Intervall, Antonella Cattani Contemporary Art, Bozen Final Play, Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen THE BURNING SUPPER, Kunstkirche St. Petri zu Lübeck, Lübeck.

2012: Finalists Installation. Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb Ferruccio Busoni, Bozen, Waltherplatz; DIKTAT DES METRONOMS, galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Galerie Michael Schulz, Berlin; THE BURNING SUPPER, Dom St. Jakob, Innsbruck; MEMORIES comun(icat)ing bodies – Körper in Kunst und Religion, Universitätszentrum Theologie, Graz.

2011: Vanity and High Fidelity, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Stadtgalerie Kiel.

2009: alter ego komm tanz mit mir!, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck.

2008: eingespielt Bilder-Objekte-Foto-Film, Künstlerhaus mit Galerie im Lichtenberghaus, Göttingen

(mit Ralf-Rainer Odenwald); … dann treffen wir uns in Wiesbaden, Bellevue Saal, Wiesbaden (mit Ralf-Rainer Odenwald); Jacke wie Hose, Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln.

2007: Jacke wie Hose, Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen; Bilder/Objekte/Fotografien/Videos, Pforzheimer Kunstverein, Pforzheim; Absprung. Bilder und Objekte, Galerie Marie-José van de Loo, München.

2006: Faltige Ver-Rückung, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, Kreuzlingen, Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen, Galerie Ruth Sachse, Hamburg; Julia Bornefeld & Ralf-Rainer Odenwald. Heimlich – Unheimlich. Bilder Objekte Kurzfilme, Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg;  Julia Bornefeld & Ralf-Rainer Odenwald. Tagesrand – Bilder Objekte Filme, Galerie GefängnisLeCarceri, Kaltern; Rettungsräume, Galerie Museum Rabalderhaus, Schwaz.

2005: Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg;  Schwindel, raum für kunst, Kunstverein Ravensburg (mit Ralf-Rainer Odenwald); Schwindel. Objekte, Malerei, Fotografie, Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen.


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