Angelika Rinnhofer • Germany/USA • Artist
Matthias Dachwald • Germany • Curator and Writer
Michael Matthaeus Martha • Germany • Artist
Annemarie Rinnhofer • Germany • Homemaker
The General Public of Nuremberg
For her collaboration, Angelika Rinnhofer has been working with the people of her hometown of Nuremberg to
explore such concepts as memory, home, trust, migration and separation. Her project involves interviewing people about their relationship
to Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt [main square], which many refer to as the heart of their city. The Hauptmarkt has been witness to countless anecdotes,
private and public, such as Rinnhofer's great-grandfather's arrest by the Gestapo for speaking out against Hitler.
Nuremberg also served as a center of commerce on the Northern most extension of the Silk Road; and, Rinnhofer strove to retain this commercial
aspect by developing her own form of currency. “Nuremberg’s first commercial gingerbread bakery was established in 1395,” Rinnhofer writes,
“which profited from the accessibility of spices imported from Asia.”
Rinnhofer created her own version of the Nuremberg gingerbread, substituting the traditional components with American ingredients.
Her mother and friends baked the resulting "chillibread" in the shape of cobblestones to reflect the pavement material of the Hauptmarkt.
These served as the currency for the interviews, collected as audio files and English text translations, and given to the city council as
an historical archive.
Additionally, with Michael Matthaeus Martha, Rinnhofer is working on covering a ten-square foot area with a mixture of spices and sand to
seep into the gaps between the cobblestones. “The red-brownish hue of the spice mixture,” Rinnhofer continues, “alludes to the traumatic
aspect of the square’s function as a place for corporeal public punishment, such as pillorying and branding. Concurrently, the aroma of
the spices refers to Nuremberg and its inhabitants as participants in globalization in its earliest form. Visitors of the Hauptmarkt
are invited to walk across the spice mixture and, thus, trace an unpredictable map . . . [by distributing] the blend over the old town.”
Hauptmarkt • Nuremberg, Germany
Museum Industriekultur • Nuremberg, Germany
The museum features technological developments in the history of Nuremberg.
Galleries are reserved to feature temporary installations of
work related to Nuremberg.
ConcentArt Berlin • July 24-31, 2010
Hampden and Central Galleries, University of Massachusetts •
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA • April 2011
Located on the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst campus, Hampden and Central Galleries’ mission is to facilitate cultural
understanding through exhibitions and in-depth adjunct programming. The main focus is on new work by emerging artists in the fields
of painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, video and new media.