Polymer clay, acrylic paint, wood, paper, speaker, sound, light, blue acrylic sheet.
When the December sun makes only the faintest shimmer on the wet roads, it is the time of the Rauhnacht (the Twelfth Night). With the winter solstice, the light is reborn. Now you must write down your dreams – as prophecies for the coming year: Every day draw a picture and you will see what you can expect in the coming year.
During the Raunächten, the departed souls rage through the streets on the Wild Hunt, led by the god Wodan and his companion Holda. Make sure your household is tidy and don’t tempt the furious souls by hanging white laundry on the line. The hunters will mistake the white laundry for funerary shrouds and snatch them away as they ride past – and perhaps you too. The spirits leave behind them a creative chaos out of which something new may arise.
During a polar night the night lasts longer than 24 hours. The centre of the sun never goes above the horizon. Merja Kokkonen has created the creature Kaamos, a spirit that has come to Germany to celebrate the Raunächte and to visit the gods. Kaamos has something to say, but you might not understand her.
ISLAJA / MERJA KOKKONEN
NIINA LEHTONEN BRAUN
18.12.2015, from 18:00 to 22:00 with performance by Islaja featuring Jasmine Guffond at 21:00
Hilbertraum Reuterstraße 31, 12047 Berlin
The exhibition is curated by Niina Lehtonen Braun
Sponsored by KONE Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland