Hartung & Trenz - IMMER & EWIG, 2020, Literaturhaus St. Jakobi Hildesheim, projection © VG-Bildkunst, Bonn courtesy of EVI LICHTUNGEN, Photographer Sara Foerster
IMMER & EWIG works with the architecture of the Literaturkirche Hildesheim and presents even lines of text with double words from everyday life in a continuous movement through the building. The word pairs are always connected with a &-sign and represent a collection of over 2000 words, which often occur in the German language. They contain both opposites (e.g. heaven and hell), repetitions (always and eternally), and complements of things or persons (salt and pepper, hinz and kunz). Almost always, however, they tell short stories, mini-dramas of human existence and inspire multiple interpretations. Victory and defeat, euphoria and despair in life cannot be expressed in words for a shorter period of time.
For more than 20 years Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz are realizing text projections working predominately as a team. Their artistic focus can be placed at the intersection of light, space and language - where all three components do their individual part create and mediate meaning. Ranging from small flashlight multiples to large-scale projections, their work can be found indoor as well as outdoor.In their typographical experiments they explore the symbolic dimension of characters as representation of definitions and contents. While playing with size and intervals, proportions and movement patterns as well as transparent and non-transparent overlays of their black and white textures are emerging. As ephemeral surfaces for built architecture or landscapes they become visual scores in which the quality of characters is envisioned or associated. The cooperation of both artists began in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as master-class pupils of Prof. Gerhard Berger. Georg Trenz, born in 1962, had completed his studies as a communication designer and Detlef Hartung, born in 1958, had studied mechanical engineering.
The Literaturhaus St. Jakobi Hildesheim is located in the middle of the pedestrian zone, in a pilgrims' church that is over 500 years old. Everyday travellers, creative people and story lovers take a break here. At this place, historical bookcraft and new media interact. Monastic traditions are combined with urban experiments. This cultural church is an interspace, a place of impulse, a rest stop. The old pilgrims' church has transformed itself into a place of literary present.
Für Helmut und Lutz ist die Jacobi-Kirche ein wichtiger Treffpunkt. Ob es an diesem Ort etwas gibt, was immer & ewig bleiben sollte, erzählen sie im Gespräch.