I can’t stop the dancing chicken – Goethe Institut London (2012)

I can’t stop the dancing chicken was created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary and re-opening of the Goethe-Institut London in May 2012.


Terrace and balcony on the buildings rear side acted as stage for two large scale sculptures. They could be seen from the public space (from May 2012 throughout April 2013).
Untitled Sculpture. Steel, GFK, lacquer, H 320 x 577 x 340cm.
Set. Steel, GFK, lacquer, H 227 x 335 x 336cm.


Main stairwell:
The walls and ceilings of the historic stairwell are painted according to chance:
Each of the 27 walls and ceilings (on five floors) was given an individual dye assigned by the throw of dice on color charts by Goethe, Itten, Küppers and Munsell.


Working areas and offices:
29 small-scale sculptures populate the individual working areas following interviews with the employees about their field of activity. Specific combinations of materials and symbolic fragments allowed for the creation of a lurking network of secret relationships between departments or functions.
Mixed Media, different dimensions.

Der Titel “I can’t stop the dancing chicken” drawns from a line in one of the final scenes of Werner Herzog’s film Stroszek. The film was part of a program I curated on the same occasion for the Goethe-Institut London. It explored how spaces of freedom result from attempts of resistance.

Filmprogramm: Carte Blanche for Gloria Zein

Photos: Gloria Zein and Richard Bryant (photo 2-6)

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Artist Talk:
Goethe-Institut London, 3. July 2012:
Gloria Zein in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal


read transcript here


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Goethe-Institut London (2012)