stonesymposium Cairo 2009




"If you think of Egypt as a european, you propably have pictures of the four to seven thousend year old egyptian advanced civilisation in mind. The real Egypt of today actually shows up in a quite contrary way. Already the traffic volume in Cairo that is caused by fife milion commuters every day reveals the contrast to this ancient culture. It seems as if the modern culture is only able to face the inviolable monuments of a millennia outliving culture with the force and steadyfastness of a huge sand dune. Both of these cultures are difficult to grasp for us as europeans. The former because its fundamentals exhibit a monumental nature that exeeds all hapitual ways of thinking. The latter because of its inconcieveble huge and comprehencive vitality. Only the development of the pyramids for instance and their sustaineble reality is hardly to be put into the drawers of our modern minds, while this contemporary egyptian culture seems to be able to evaporate through the cracks of these drawers like the sand of the sand dune. Even though these cultures seem so contrary, there is a subtile level on which they meet each other. One facet of this level in my eyes seems to be the material of stone it self. Because the described sand that is quasi blown through its existence by the wind of fortune, raising a not to be underestimated power in masses, as well as the stone monuments of ancient egypt that cloak them selfes in secrecy, actually consist of stone.

And everybody that has ever dealt with stone knows this silence very well. The stone stays in silence because what he has to say is too huge and too wise to be put into words. And this silence of an elemental wisdom prevades this whole culture of ancient Egypt. To meet the requirements of a confrontation with this wisdom, as a human you are asked to come upon the stone within your self, to offer something in reply to the wind of fate, to this superior Questions. An exercise a stone sculptor should be familiar with.

Stone sculpting in this egyptian context is accordingly confronted with a huge demand. A demand that we, as a group attempted to fulfill."

(abstract of the katalogue of this symposium)


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Mohammad Abbas - Johannes Baum - Mareike Drobny - Ryutaro Fujie - Johannes Hess - Karin Humberg - Jasmin Hurst - Islam Ibada - Ahmed Kamel - Andreas Kienlin - Ludger Krause-Sparmann - Nora Mertes - Ahmed Moussa - Martin Schüßler


77 tons of marble,


5 weeks of work


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