Maison Européenne de la Photographie is featuring an exhibition with a set of photographs made in Berlin during 2009.
German contemporary artist Dominique Auerbacher is debuting SCRATCHES with a wall installation compiled of 25 photographic tableaux displayed on different color walls with urban signage.
SCRATCHES refers to a process used by DJs called “Scratch” relating to tagging and graffiti art as a means of artistic expression. The wall installation includes a record of nameless individuals on the windows of Berlin’s public transport vehicles traveling around the city day and night, constructed and deconstructed on the LCD screen of the camera.
The photos show a transformation of glass surfaces that could be removed and later tagged. There’s a focus on the flow of images and information through a structure of gestures and signs that can constantly change depending on the rhythms speed capturing sunlight and light at night.
However now a thicker film is used and tinted green or printed with a white Brandenburg Gate motif that conveys the printed windows as an aquarium or cage, cutting off individuals from the city outside.
The SCRATCHES are gradually disappearing from the Berlin scene, diminishing underground urban culture. The Dominique Auerbacher exhibition is on until 17 June 2012. Address: 5/7 rue de Fourcy 75004 Paris. Closest métro : Saint Paul / Pont Marie.