dove step is first physical institutional solo show of German artist Britta Thie and also the first exhibition curated by Kunstverein Göttingen’s new artistic director, Anja Lückenkemper. The title of the exhibition is a neologism with which Thie references dubstep, a minimalist form of bass-heavy electronic music. Dove Step is Thie’s ‘soft version’ of dubstep and similarly played a significant part in her 2013 work The Emotional Mobility Editorial.
The artist has developed a site-specific ‘future fairy-tale’, a spatialized script containing extracts from popular media, such as comic strips, as well as theoretical references to Cold Intimacies. The Making Of Emotional Capitalism by Eva Illouz. Thie, who is known most recently for her Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, and ARTE Creative coproduced web-series Translantics (2015), further explores the boundaries between fiction and reality, whilst weaving family archive materials and objects into the dove step narrative. Thie transforms the exhibition space into a colorful, exuberant landscape and presents the viewer with a contemporary survival guide, which analyzes and focuses on the emotional mobility of her generation with a playful sense of humor. Alongside a new series of comic-like paintings (Mama And Nana, 2015, Yoshi ’s Island saved the date, 2015, Happiness Bully, 2015), Thie, together with producer and musician Ville Haimala, has developed and composed a soundtrack for the exhibition examining the concept of ‘voice-overs’. The voice-over hereby functioning as the referential frame, wherein the diary-like poems structure the exhibition space, addressing the viewer and embedding him and her into the narrative.
Britta Thie (*1987, Minden, Germany) studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster, Berlin University of the Arts and Cooper Union of Science and Art, New York. In 2013 she completed her studies as master student of Hito Steyerl at the UDK Berlin. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Casting Call with SPECIAL SERVICE, Auto Italia South East, London (2014), BLISS feat. mumok, mumok, MUseum MOderner Kunst Foundation Ludwig, Vienna (2014) und Vanity; Pet, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2014).
BRITTA THIE dove step
Curated by Anja Lückenkemper
At Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
Gotmarstraße 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany