Art in, on and around the water: from 24th September to 9th October, the regional artist group dimension14 invites you to its annual temporary art event south of Berlin. Eleven artists – including three guests – will present their site-specific works at the Kiebitzberge outdoor public pool in Kleinmachnow under the ambiguous motto: badengehen (meaning: to go swimming but also slang: to have bad luck).
Image above: dimension14 (f.l.t.r.) Beate Lein-Kunz, Frauke Schmidt-Theilig, Hartmut Sy, Anke Fountis, Katrin Schmidbauer, Pfelder, Bettina Lüdicke, Sue Hayward, Patricia Pisani, Susanne Ruoff, Salah Saouli © Pat Pisani
Opened in May 1976, the Kiebitzberge outdoor swimming pool in Kleinmachnow was created in the course of a community competition outside of the state-imposed planned economy in the then GDR. A few volunteers and an architect undertook the project. After reunification, the public pool was supposed to close down, but a support group prevented this. Today, more than 100,000 visitors come every year.
Inspired by the extensive grounds, the artists from dimension14 are taking over the leisure area at the end of the season, which is closed for swimming but the water is still in the pools. Entering into a dialogue with the specific location and its fabulous history, temporary artworks will be created using different materials and approaches on the 40,000-square-metre area with lawns, old trees and three paddling and swimming pools. The results can be seen from 24th September on three weekends starting on Saturday from 2-6 pm.
The pools in particular capture the imagination of the artist group dimension14. On the floor of a paddling pool, for example, one can discover the shape of a face created from glass beads with organic forms floating over it. The installation “Camouflage” by Australian-born Sue Hayward is a reflection on how living creatures conceal themselves in order not to attract attention in their environment.
The Argentine guest artist Patricia Pisani connects human hedonism with rising sea levels by placing large mirrors on the floor of the pool. Anke Fountis is contributing with a sound installation in which a larger-than-life grasshopper “plays the violin”.
Susanne Ruoff, on the other hand, artistically brings the nine outdoor showers to life. Using Styrofoam balls of different sizes, she poetically evokes the spraying of water from the shower heads.
The four-span pergola between the lawn and the sand-pit has inspired the sculptor Hartmut Sy to create a piece reflecting on waves. The installation of curved wire between the columns symbolises the scarcity of water, but also evokes associations with light or sound vibrations.
The painter Frauke Schmidt-Theilig has chosen the off-limits area of the public pool as the site of her artistic exploration. With powerful colours and diverse associations, she brings the eleven windows of the pool attendant’s house to life. has chosen the off-limits area of the public pool as the site of her artistic exploration. With powerful colours and diverse associations, she brings the eleven windows of the pool attendant’s house to life.
Anke Fountis, Sue Hayward, Beate Lein-Kunz, Susanne Ruoff, Salah Saouli, Katrin Schmidbauer, Frauke Schmidt-Theilig, Hartmut Sy and guests: Bettina Lüdicke, Pfelder and Patricia Pisani.
dimension14 was founded in 2000 by artists from Stahnsdorf, Kleinmachnow and Teltow under the name ArtEvent. The working principle of dimension14 is temporary and site-specific. Each year, different spaces in the region are temporarily occupied. The project is supported in 2022 by the city of Teltow, the municipalities of Kleinmachnow and Stahnsdorf and the district of Potsdam-Mittelmark.
Opening: Saturday, 24. September 2022 at 2 p.m.
Introduction: Martin Schönfeld, Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (Office for Art in Public Space)
Performance: acrobat duo monalaura
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 24. September to Sunday, 9. October 2022
Italo, Disco & 90s House Music: Monday, 3. October 2022, Day of German Unity: 3 p.m., DJ Selina (admission free).
Finissage: Sunday, 9. October at 2 p.m.
Guided tour and artist talk with the artists
Sat + Sun 24.09./25.09.2022: 2 – 6 p.m.
Sat – Mon 1.10 -3.10.2022: 2 – 6 p.m.
Sat + Sun 8.10./9.10.2022: 2 – 6 p.m.
and by arrangement: 0177 5277704 / email@example.com
Bus 620, 629
Bus stop: Kleinmachnow, Freibad Kiebitzberge