Gregor Hildebrandt, Falkenrot Prize 2016, Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Gregor Hildebrandt won this years Falkenrot Prize. His exhibition is now on view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin – a must see during the gallery weekend.

Gregor Hildebrandt’s installations and objects celebrate the principle of addition in beauty. Although they are not strictly audio works, they are musical in a certain sense. Hildebrandt uses diverse storage media such as records, sound and video tapes, and cassettes and CDs and turns them into uncomplicated, visually stimulating works; simultaneously, they are nostalgic reminders of a range of musical creations. The artist has things arranged, rolled out, wound up, accumulated and combined – then connects a large number of similar looking individual parts into a new whole through his creative artistic process. Frequently, he has used magnetic tapes containing songs by The Cure, currently he is using material from the bands Grauzone and Einstürzende Neubauten, and earlier on, he even took Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice. Each of Hildebrandt’s exhibitions is a staging of intricate plausibility,