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The Resilient-Self System

In collaboration with Dornbracht

roof, aluminum funnel, rainwater, rubber hoses, ICB tanks with metal cover, pump,
reverse osmosis filter, wood, tiles, copper piping, Dornbracht metal valves and accessories,
shower curtains, towels
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2011

Supported by Dornbracht:
https://www.dornbracht.com/

T.J. Demos - "The Uncertainty Principle", Matter and Memory: The Sculpture of Adrian Lohmüller

"For instance, consider Lohmüller’s The Resilient-Self System, of 2011, which compromised the placement of a large funnel on the roof of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin during the summer as part of the city’s Festival Über Lebenskunst (Perspectives of a Sustainable Way of Living). The funnel—a space-age-like aluminium object the artist custom-built that mimicked the stream-lined futuristic design of its host building—was oriented in a way to collect rainwater and direct it through a system of copper piping and rubber hoses, on to a reverse osmosis filter where the water was purified, and finally to a communal shower stall on the ground. The single stall contained two showers (as if for a couple) with semi-transparent curtains, making any act of public bathing, available at any time during the five-day run of the project, a transgressive social experience with the potent for sexually experimental and exhibitionist elements. For the artist, “the resilient-self system refers to the principle of the resilience and elasticity of environmental and social systems that themselves absorb serious disruptions and continue to function.”

Adrian Lohmüller calls his complex installations "psychoarchitecture" in which he makes hidden cycles visible and links architectural aspects to the human psyche and physicality. Within the context of the exhibition, the artist will concentrate on storing water, a resource essential to survival, and will create an autonomous system for showering with rainwater. He will construct a spontaneous, funnel-shaped architectural structure that is attached to the outer curve of the roof. The concave curve of the surface of the roof acts as a reservoir for rainwater. A system of hoses routes this water through storage tanks to a shower system on the exterior façade. Protected from sight only by semi-transparent curtains, visitors can also attend to their personal hygiene. The resilient-self system refers to the principle of the resilience and elasticity of environmental and social systems that themselves absorb serious disruptions and continue to function.