Wellness in a Box, 2015
Transparent foil, projector, HD video 1:20h loop
80 x 80 x 80 cm
A new work commissioned from Helga Wretman for Der Würfel confronts the visitor with the usually unseen face of someone receiving a massage, Wretman herself in fact, amidst that private moment of relaxation. Influenced by her performance at Berlinische Galerie where she massaged artists in the public setting, her face, cropped by the massage bed, is projected onto the surface of Der Würfel.
Wretman is interested in the paradox that when you relax your mind you have more access to it, and the idea of being “detached”. With this attitude she confronts visitors to the gallery directly.
Helga Wretman, 1985 Stockholm – lives in Berlin. Wretman’s art practice has been influenced by her professional background in dance, and more recently her work as a stunt double. Exhibitions and performances include; 40 Year Jubilee – Berlinische Galerie ; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Crampographies – Kunstwerke, Berlin; Transmediale Art Hack Day – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin [all 2014]; Dave – 12th Lyon Biennale, Lyon; Weil ich bin es Wert – HHDM, Vienna [all 2013]; Fitness for Artists – Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; Safety Protocol – Bergen Kunsthal, Norway . Her ‘Fitness For Artists TV’ was commissioned for Arte Creative for two seasons from 2013 – 2014 and was produced by Baby Darwin, Berlin.