Schäfflers Grid

painting (permanent installation)
Maximiliane Baumgartner

As part of the mobile, artistic architecture of Transient Spaces, Schäfflers Grid will be shown as a permanent installation over the next three years.

Returning to social-cultural and location-specific customs, the painting poses questions about the construct-like quality of that which is public, as well as our reinterpretations and reexaminations of this subject. It consists of two parts. The upper part depicts a scene that is loosely based on the so-called Schäffler Dances. The Schäffler Dances were introduced around 1500 in order to reanimate public life in the streets of Munich after the plague. The lower tableau shows superimposed patterns, which are made of padding material and – in contrast to public dance – have their origins in the private sphere. The use of repetition as a stylistic device allows a performance of everyday patterns to emerge.

The formation dancing of the Schäfflers (coopers) seems to find itself at the crossroads between “using the public as a pretext” and “evoking the communal (social unit).”

Through their tight formation dancing, they seem to form a public space. However, they also evoke criteria for exclusion. Within the two depicted motives, the installation painting examines the relationships that exist between the the social unit and the public.

The installation painting SCHÄFFLERS GRID consists of two painted wood tableaus (acrylic on wood / silkscreen on wood), as well as a black, steel chain.

• Total Installation area (display + chain): 4 m x 6.12 m
• Of which display: height 3.6 m, width 2.8 m