Axel Braun - work and projects

Zugunsten einer Gesellschaft von morgen, für die wir heute schon bauen. /
To the benefit of a society of tomorrow for which we build today.

Research project, installation and artist book by Axel Braun
Curated by Fabian Saavedra-Lara

14 September 2013 – 26 January 2014
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at the Dortmunder U (D)

The exhibition took place in the framework of the NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL
initiated by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund.

Funded by
Kunststiftung NRW
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW
Stiftung Zukunft NRW

INTRODUCTION (Fabian Saavedra-Lara, Curator)

Axel Braun’s project Zugunsten einer Gesellschaft von morgen,
für die wir heute schon bauen
explores the history and architecture
of the federal state bank WestLB.
The artist’s architectural investigation focuses on the
bank’s former branch in Dortmund, which has been dominating
the cityscape since the late 1970s as one of its most
renowned and conspicuous buildings. This futuristicutopistic
colossus is the work of Harald Deilmann, who used the
same basic patterns to design the WestLB branches in Münster,
Luxembourg and, later, Düsseldorf.

The tension between image and language, between
architectural representation and corporate identity, is
the starting point for Braun’s artistic reflection on the
current problems in financial markets. Unfolding on
the backdrop of Dortmund’s cityscape, where this project
initiated, his examinations prompt a search for architectural
sediments in a city whose appearance is wholly
determined by economic or industrial processes and
transformations.

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