MACHT NICHTS • Banner Airplane, Berlin (D), 2012 • Video
MACHT NICHTS • Banner Airplane, Berlin (D), 2012 • Video Still
MACHT NICHTS • Merkel, Berlin (D), 2014 • Video
MACHT NICHTS • Intervention @ Nightscreen Gasometer, Berlin (D), 2010
MACHT NICHTS • Badges in various shows, 2009-2012
MACHT NICHTS • Billboard Installation @ PG Lab, Berlin, 2010-2011
MACHT NICHTS • Billboard Installation @ MMX, Berlin (D), 2011
Performance in public space
Intervention on LED-Screen at Gasometer Berlin-Schöneberg
Photo (variable size)
Clemens Wilhelm's message "MACHT NICHTS" is an ambiguous German word play: on the one hand one can read it as a pacification ("It's no so bad, it doesn't matter"), on the other hand one could understand it as the imperative "Don't do anything! Make nothing! Remain passive!".
The absence of a sender enhances this ambivalence and makes it somewhat uncanny. Omnipresent advertisement strategies animate us every day to consume. A standstill has to be avoided at all costs, permanent action is demanded from us. Not only in the economy a standstill equals regression.
„Doing nothing" seems dangerous. However, many of us wish to finally "not do anything". Lastly, one could read "MACHT NICHTS" as a paradoxical meeting of the nouns "power"(Macht) and "nothing"(Nichts). A paradoxical couple with a full void of meaning that everyone will read differently. But the question remains: Does it not matter if we don't do anything?
MACHT NICHTS has appeared in different shapes: free badges, a spot on an LED-Screen, a billboard in public space, and an airplane banner flight over Berlin. On the 1st of March 2014, Clemens Wilhelm gave a MACHT NICHTS badge to German chancelor Angela Merkel.
MACHT NICHTS returned to the Gasometer Screen for the European Media Facades Festival 2010.
Airplane Camera: Bruce Giglio
Ground Camera: Cylixe