From March to mid-May, the artist Albert Coers is presenting the work “Straßen Namen Zeichen (I)” (“Street Names Signs (I)”) on the billboard at Lenbachplatz. There are two signs in sign language. They refer to the location, are specifically local in their use and are depicted by two deaf people from Munich: “Karlsplatz/Stachus” towards the south, “King”, for “Königsplatz” (“King’s Square”), which is in a northerly direction.
Firstly, a square is enclosed representing a centre; secondly, a crown is depicted. This sign for “King” could also stand for the City of “Munich” in general. The direction arrows on the photos signify the movement of hands as they move closer to pictograms and traffic signs. The sound images of the lips stand for the acoustic channel of simultaneous communication. The work is to be understood as an artistic invitation to reflect on the meaning and creation of language signs and names and to delve into the world of sign language.
In collaboration with the Munich Association of the Deaf.
Albert Coers, born 1975 in Lauingen, lives and works in Munich.