5760 Minuten - synchronous recordings - Susken Rosenthal, Tilman Küntzel

30. May – 18. July  2010


An audiovisual exhibition about soccer

Opening:  Sunday, 30. May, 3:30 p.m. , Art Space Burg Eisenhardt

Tilman Küntzel -  World Cup 06 – Synchronous Recordings of Radio Commentaries in Native Tongues

Susken Rosenthal – 5760 Minutes – Simultanous Drawings of all 64 World Cup Games

a project by Kunstpflug e.V.

Tilman Küntzel´s work Synchronous Recordings of Radio Commentaries in Native Tongues from the World Cup 2006 was a comission Work by the Akademie der Künste in 2006.  The improvised monologue of a radio announcer in a stadium is a sound event that involves spoken expression of the highest calibre. As they describe the game’s plays, announcers are subject to emotional sensations that shape the way they speak. The tension of watching, marked by uncertainty about how the game will progress, generates powerful emotional states that are expressed in physical movements and spontaneous bursts of sound. Seldom does a comparable major event unleash behaviours that are more archaic. Whether one thinks of competitions in the amphitheatres of the ancient world, of Roman gladiators or of the bullfights of Spain – all are epic forms of identification and representative enactment. A form of pagan music arises from the collective rites, with their drumming, horn-blowing and choral chants, whose dynamic is controlled solely by the events.

The radio commentaries function via the media network as disseminators, and also symbolise the simultaneous release of emotional energies by thousands of millions of people around the globe. In the installation, the balls stand as metaphors. If we listen in, we hear the resonating space of this world.

Susken Rosenthal´s project 5760 Minutes consists of 64 pencil drawings that show the ball movements during the soccer games as viewed from above.

Each work is an individual “portrait” of a specific game. Like a seismographical sketch, the ball movements are drawn simultaneously to the action on the field: individual movements, corners and goals can be recognized as well as the strategy and the relation of strength between the competing teams.

At the same time these graphic series are a work of abstract art. Each one displays an aesthetic network of lines, the density of which increases with the energy of the game. This happens in a strict concept of time (90 minutes) and form (football field).

“.. As correctly noticed by Andreas Rossmann of the FAZ, Susken Rosenthal as the only woman in the exhibition dares to move out the furthest into the field of abstraction…”

(Barbara Foerster about the exhibition “FootballArt – ArtFootball”, Olympia Museum Cologne, art magazin Kunstforum International, 2000

Adress of exhibition space:

Kunsträume Burg Eisenhardt

14806 Belzig, Wittenberger Str. 14

with friendly support by:

Mittelbrandenburgische Sparkasse Potsdam.

Kulturamt Potsdam Mittelmark and others