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Das Haus bleibt still

'The house remains silent'
diverse vessels, water, copper piping, camping stove, salt lick, bedding
commissioned by the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2010

For Das Haus bleibt still (2010), the artist laid out an arterial web in the building at Oranienplatz 17. On four floors, water seeps from containers into pipes, disappears into the former elevator shaft, and collects on the first floor, where it is gently heated over a gas burner. A salt block receives it at the end of the pipeway. It is then led over the floor to where bedding is spread out. Fabric and down slowly absorb the water, which then evaporates in the room. Salt crystals remain in the pillows and on the floor.[1] The sinewy piping guides the viewers' eyes as they mount the stairs, tracing the interior lines of the building upward and rendering its structure transparent. Meanwhile, gravity carries the water down to its resting place – lofty white bedding marooned in a squatter's habitat, it's presumed comfort betrayed by salt and fluids. - Underground channel systems for Adrian Lohmüller are the collective subconscious – the repressed without which we could never lead our lives in fragrant cleanliness on the surface. As early as Freud, the concept of repression came from hydraulics. Lohmüller returns it to its source. All the pipes and conduits that traverse squares and walls, the hidden supply system, and drains turn buildings into social organisms with living membranes: permeable, sensual, tactile. [2]

- Kolja Reichert