The works of Manfred Pernice deal with the relationships between sculpture, architecture and space. They are often derived from constructions and forms developed for specific economic, security, or infrastructural functions that organize space in a particular way.
U5 refers to the renovation of the U5 subway line, the former main transportation line in eastern Berlin. A “platform track” made of plywood, Pernice's preferred material for his sculptures, stretches from the entrance of the gallery to the exhibition space at the back. He creates transitions and boundaries, those between standstill and speed, between sculpture and space, and redefines them.
Relics of the former tiling, wall tiles (room 2), fragments of railings (room 1), old signs and other elements are incorporated into the sculptures or installation. A video documents the last ride of the U5 before the redevelopment. “Harry Schotter”, a man-sized Playmobil figure, now shows passengers the way to the rail replacement service. In the construction debris, a suitcase (Room 3) containing books by an unknown person(s) is found. The “discarded” library provides information about the book culture of the GDR era. Redevelopment means that old cultural codes are made to disappear. Manfred Pernice preserves and transforms them.