Alba D'Urbano implemented the project “corpo insegnante” as part of the exhibit “Lehrkörper” (literally “body of teachers”) at the gallery of the HGB (Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts) in 2005, which was curated by Eugen Blume, head of the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art - in Berlin. The “Lehrkörper” included four members of the HGB teaching staff: Günter Karl Bose, Alba D’Urbano, Astrid Klein and Timm Rautert. In addition, the exhibit integrated three historic positions: by Josef Beuys, by John Cage and by Buckminster Fuller. Each faculty member, “Lehrkörper,” was symbolically represented by a wardrobe featuring on its front printed statements by the respective professor on his/her art teaching. The wardrobes themselves contained art objects or reproductions providing insights into the teachers' artistic positions.
In preparation for the exhibit, Eugen Blume presented the professors with a series of questions in writing. Alba D'Urbano decided to respond to these questions in the course of a conversation. The dialog between E. Blume and A. D'Urbano took place – in the dining car of an ICE train – during a trip from Leipzig to Berlin. Alba D'Urbano recorded a video of the interview and produced an installation which was displayed in the above mentioned exhibit. She had an excerpt from the interview printed so that it could be posted on the walls of the wardrobe. The spoken language remained unchanged and was copied in its original form, which means the text included pauses for thought, idle moments, broken chains of thought and language mistakes. In addition, she presented the video of the interview on a small monitor, which was located on the floor in between the two wardrobe walls with the prints.
Presentation: Print on wardrobe walls, objects, DVD-player, monitor, DVD length about 45 minutes.