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Gallery Power LTD

Solo exhibition at ChertLüdde, Berlin 4/2/2023 – 6/4/2023

The exhibition Gallery Power LTD at ChertLüdde gallery explores the relationship between power, energy, and culture through real and artificial limits.

The exhibition is set to run for two and a half months, however, there will be a limit on the amount of power the exhibition is permitted to use. The sculptures on display will include motors and lights, which visitors can choose to turn on and off. The amount of power remaining will be displayed as a countdown timer in days, hours and minutes on an e-ink screen at the entrance/exit of the exhibition. The remaining power will be displayed as a countdown timer in hours, minutes and seconds on an e-ink screen at the entrance/exit of the gallery.When the energy limit has been reached, the sculptures will remain off for the remaining duration of the exhibition.

The sculptures’ ability to ‘work’ is dependent on the energy (and power) provided by the gallery, along with the visitor’s attendance and engagement in turning them on or off. The more they engage, however, the more the energy is consumed leaving later visitors with less energy to work with. But they will not have total control. One work will include a 2000 Kilowatt spotlight which is controlled by an external mechanism. This element throws into question who really has control, power and energy in a cultural space as it pits personal autonomy against corporate, political, and historical decision-making bodies.

By creating an artificial limit on the amount of energy the power-hungry sculptures in the exhibition can consume, while handing over the power of decision-making from the artist to both the visitor and gallery, the exhibition turns into a site for experimentation, where an outcome can be predicted, but is not assured.

How energy is produced, consumed, and allocated correlates to existing power structures. Equally, the culture we create, promote and consume is inherently connected to those same power structures. In the book Art & Energy, Barry Lord argues that culture and art are intrinsically linked to the resources available to us on earth. He traces a cultural line from humanity’s initial muscle and reproductive power to our early mastery of fire, through to our exploitation of fossil fuels and our current transition into more renewable energy resources, pointing out how each new source of energy transforms how we “interact with the world, organize our communities, communicate, and conceive of and assign value to art.”

Finding ourselves in the middle of an energy-source transition means that those power structures and cultures are being forced to change. And while change is inevitable and necessary, it is rarely without pain; pain experienced as a loss of power, energy and culture. Change itself requires huge amounts of energy; to push and pull established behavior, thinking and structures in new directions. Through the various motorized and illuminated works this energy and its limits are manifested, while also revealing less visible limits which we negotiate in our very human pursuit of control, growth and happiness.

Fudakowski’s exploration of the idea of energy production, consumption and control is of a nuanced, human-centric, and personal nature. Not only are ‘resources’ questioned, and what humans use to fuel life, but also the less tangible use and expenditure of thought and decision making which while seemingly personal, and relatively small in contrast to global activities, have huge accumulative consequences. The integration of technological monitoring of the exhibition as a life form with a limited time span and power resource becomes the architecture of this conceptual questioning; providing and defining the parameters of the experiment.


About E-WERK Luckenwalde

E-WERK Luckenwalde is located in a former coal power station built in 1913, ceasing production in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall. Located 30 minutes south of Berlin, Brandeburg, E-WERK Luckenwalde is jointly directed by artist Pablo Wendel and curator Helen Turner. In 2017, the art collective Performance Electrics gGmbH led by Pablo Wendel acquired the former brown-coal power station with the vision to reanimate it as a sustainable Kunststrom (art power) Kraftwerk to feed power into the national grid by burning locally sources waste wood chips to make electricity, and function as a large scale contemporary art centre. As part of POWER NIGHT in 2019, Performance Electrics gGmbH formally switched the power in the former factory back on. Since 2019, E-WERK Luckenwalde has curated and commissioned an annual contemporary art programme exhibiting artists including Lindsay Seers, Keith Sargent, Arantxa Etcheverria, Adelina Ivan and Alina Popa, Peles Empire, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Cooking Sections, Karrabing Film Collective, Isabel Lewis & Sissel Tolaas, Tabita Rezaire and Himali Singh Soin, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, Lamin Fofana, Keiken, Henrike Naumann, Jenna Sutela, Lauryn Youden, L. Zylberberg, Peles Empire, Kira Freije, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Isabel Lewis, Paul Maheke, Harold Offeh, Bik Van der Pol, Nicolas Deshayes, Performance Electrics gGmbH, Lucy Joyce, umschichten, Nina Beier, Cecilia Bengolea with Craig Black Eagle, Performance Electrics, marikiscrycrycry in collaboration with Gareth Chambers, Charismatic Megafauna, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome with India Harvey and Josh Antonia Grigg, Rowdy SS and Nora Turato.

E-WERK also supports artist residencies, collaborating internationally to deliver, as well as curating performances, music festivals and workshops. A CO2 neutral music festival curated by Khidja took place in 2022 featuring Suzanne Ciani, Svitlana Nianio x Sergii Khotiachuck & Roman Gens, Dopplereffekt, ladr ache, Wojciech Rusin x Jo Hellier, Lena Willikens x Marylou and Alicia Carrera. In 2021, E-WERK hosted and curated the German premiere and only CO2 neutral performances of Golden Lion awarded opera Sun & Sea by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė.

Kunststrom was founded by Pablo Wendel in 2012 as a not-for-profit CO2 neutral energy provider on the German national grid which generates energy from art installations. We produce an average of 900,000 KW/h a year, using renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and wood gas. Currently, Kunststrom supplies energy to cultural institutions, businesses and private households. By switching your energy provider, you will simultaneously support the development of renewable electricity and contemporary art through your utility bill.


Misery Salad, 2023; Animated glass neon, electrical cabling, transformers, toggle switch, smart plug, 165 × 150 × 10 cm

Custom switch with ESP and e-ink display

The show must go on and off and on and off and on and off and on…, 2023, Steel, motor, Plexiglas, lacquer, hand blown glass, fringing, LED, toggle switch, cabling, smart plug, 203 × 100 cm

Mussels, Motor, Mouth, 2023;Steel, Plexiglas, acrylic paint, hand blown glass, steel, motor, smart plug, 184 × 72 cm

The Alchemy of the Hinge, 2023; Steel, Plexiglas, acrylic paint, bulb, cabling, 175 × 60 × 87 cm

Surf and Turf, 2023; Steel, Plexiglas, acrylic paint, bulb, cabling, 207 × 56 cm

Out of Your Hands, 2023, Emil Niethammer 2000W spot light, built in 1985, (the same year as the artist's birth) and controlled remotely by Peter Fudakowski, the artist's father.

Reasons Not to Reproduce, 2023, Engraved Brass Plaque.

Reasons to Reproduce, 2023, Engraved Brass Plaque.

Poisoning of Queen Bona, 2023; Steel, fabric, trim, bulbs, glass, pull switch, electrical cabling, smart plug, 180 × 190 cm

E-ink screen and Raspberry PI, display to indicate the total amount of power consumed, the amount of power currently being consumed, total amount of power consumed per day and the remaining amount of time the exhibition has to run in correlation with how much energy remains.