The gardens we have in mind are delimited spaces which visitors can enter in order to have, and share, a particular experience. These can be physical spaces, indoor or outdoor, but they can also be events in time, porous areas which have in common a certain experiential consistency and intensity.
We conceive of both the visitors and the artists as ‘pilots’ who pass through these spaces – mobile subjects, frequently dependent on technologies of transportation and of mediation. The best image that we have so far found for our undertaking is that of a flying carpet – the Persian carpet being an old symbol for the Garden of Eden and representing an oasis, an island upon which to rest, a mobile site of contemplation. The flying carpet is a dream, conjured up by nomads who longed to travel fast and safe, and rest at the same time.
les jardins des pilotes was founded in 2008 and is represented by Andreas Broeckmann and Stefan Riekeles.
Dr. Andreas Broeckmann is an art historian and curator who lives in Berlin and Lüneburg. He has been Director of the new Leuphana Arts Program at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg since October 2011. He was the Founding Director of the Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity (2009-2011) and has curated exhibitions and festivals in major European venues, incl. transmediale and ISEA2010 RUHR. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of East Anglia, Norwich/UK, and lectures internationally about the history of modern art, media theory, machine aesthetics, and digital culture.
Stefan Riekeles is a curator based in Berlin. He has been the Artistic Director of the Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011, and curated the exhibition Proto Anime Cut. Previously he served as the Programme Director of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2010 (ISEA2010 RUHR) and curated exhibitions for transmediale festival for art and digital culture Berlin among others. He holds an M.A. in Culture Studies and Audio Communication Science from the Humboldt University and the Technical University in Berlin.