Martin Keil & Henrik Mayer

Artist

Martin Keil (DE)
Henrik Mayer (DE)
Biography: REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT (whose German implications range from «Cleaning Service» to «Purification Society») is an artists project group that works at the point of intersection between art and social reality. Martin Keil and Henrik Mayer are based in Berlin/Germany and first came together to create RG. The artists work with partners from different backgrounds, providing platforms for interdisciplinary activities. RG initiates projects that generate new relations and interest groups of people. RG understands contemporary art as a catalyst of social and political processes. Projects and exhibitions were shown in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.  
Various Futures

In the framework of the Emare residency in Mexico City RG produced a video installation on the future prospects of young people in Mexico. It was presented at Transitio MX 05 Festival of Electronic Arts and Video at Centro Multimedia México D.F. One large projection shows young people on a stage expressing their plans for the future and talking about personal and social values that are important to them. Their performances are interjected by a jury that gives comments like in a casting show. The young people on stage and in the jury have various social backgrounds. They attend either public schools or private educational institutes but the video does not allow to identify them with one or another background. The second part of the installation is a monitor that shows an interview with the Mexican sociologist Gabriel Medina. He is commenting on the future plans of the young people and interprets their behaviour with regard to media culture, social status as well as life risks and chances. 

EMAN/EMARE grants of Martin Keil & Henrik Mayer