ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT | MAMA | documenta fifteen, Kassel

Hors les murs 18 June 2022 - 25 September 2022

Address : Aue Park (Karlsaue), Auedamm 18, 34121, Kassel, Germany

At Documenta 15, Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA) reflects on climate change and deforestation, connecting knowledge and experiences gained in Colombian rainforests to the forests of Germany. During Documenta’s 100 day duration, artists, activists and people from MAMA’s ecosystem will reflect on how monoculture and climate change have resulted in mass bark beetle infestations in central Europe. Most of the programme will take place in and around the MAMA Werner, a mobile platform for social interaction created by Atelier Van Lieshout and adapted specifically for this occasion.

AVL’s contribution to Documenta 15 is a caravan headed by the MAMA Werner, a powerful vehicle with a trailer that functions as a documentation centre and library. An attached tent provides space for workshops, screenings and other public activities. A 14-metre diameter table will be used for debates and communal gatherings. Behind the trailer sits a pyrolyser, that transforms waste plastics into diesel using thermal decomposition. The installation is completed with the Excrementus Megalomanus, a composting machine that turns human excrement and other bodily fluids into fertilizer. It is outfitted with a toilet and specially designed receptacles for vomit, urine and semen.

full program here.

Photos 1-2 : Excrementus Megalomanus – MAMA Doc Space
Photos 3-4 : Tent and Round Table – MAMA Doc Space
Photos 5-6 : Tent and Werner – MAMA Doc Space
Photos 7-8 : Werner and Pyroliser – MAMA Doc Space
Photo 9 : Pyroliser – MAMA Doc Space
Photo 10-12 : Werner – MAMA Doc Space

photo credit Atelier Van Lieshout



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