PHOTO: © Johannes Schriek

Niklas Goldbach: The Paradise Machine

In the organizer's words:

Extended until September 01!

Architecture as a "paradise machine" - this is the subject of Niklas Goldbach's first major survey exhibition in Germany. The ambivalent interrelationship between utopia and dystopia always plays a central role in his works.

For example, Into the Paradise Machine (2022) takes us to the artificial paradises of Center Parcs, a chain of vacation parks in various European countries. The video recordings are combined with diary entries by the Dutch Center Parcs architect Jaap Bakema, which were made in 1943 in the German deportation camp Royallieu-Compiègne in northern France.

The exhibition architecture developed by the artist is also inspired by the architecture of the Center Parcs. The photo series Permanent Daylight (since 2013), which shows various utopian/dystopian architectures around the world, is presented on the interior walls of the bungalows.

In 1550 San Remo Drive (2017), Niklas Goldbach visits the house in Pacific Palisades that the German writer Thomas Mann had built in exile in California in 1942. And in A Date With Destiny (2019), the artist travels to California's Salton Sea, once a "miracle in the desert", now an ecological disaster.

The Paradise Machine brings together video and photographic works from the last ten years and presents three major new productions created especially for this exhibition.

Niklas Goldbach (*1973 in Witten) works with the media of video and photography. He lives in Berlin.

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