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In their work series All the Power that Remains, the artists Ben Greber (*1979, lives in Berlin) and Bram Kuypers (*1989, lives in Arnhem) focus on the utopian spirit of technological progress and its failure.
The decommissioned Transrapid test track in Emsland is such a place of a failed vision of a certain future, which Greber and Kuypers revive in their performance.
On the Transrapid test track in Emsland, test runs with magnetic levitation trains were carried out from 1983. After completion of the tests, the line was shut down in 2011. Currently, efforts are being made to test the Hyperloop technology developed by Elon Musk on the test track. Ben Greber and Bram Kuypers see the artistic reactivation as a bridging act, which, resembling a ritual, connects the past with the present and the future: "The facility, which seems dilapidated today, is the historical artefact from a future that is already past.”
The live performance Reactivation is part of the series All the Power that Remains.
The first of three video works in the series will be presented on 9 April 2021 at Westfälischer Kunstverein. From 14 August to 7 November 2021 there will be an exhibition at Het Kunstgemaal, Bronkhorst, the Netherlands.
The project Reactivation is supported by the INTERREG programme.