Installation, 30 umbrella’s covered with
different materials (imitation diamonds,
feathers, sequins, fringes, silver marker)

Parade for Carl Crack, 2011, exhibition view, Kunstquartier Bethanien/Studio 1, Berlin

Parade for Carl Crack

Ina Wudtke’s installation Parade for Carl Crack is a memorial installation for the Berlin musician Carl Crack, who was born in Swaziland in 1971 and died at age 30 in Berlin in 2001. Karl Böhm aka Carl Crack became world famous as a founding member and MC of the Berlin band Atari Teenage Riot. Ten years after his death, Ina Wudtke created a monument for the musician, who was buried in an anonymous grave. The form of the installation refers to the jazz funerals in New Orleans. These jazz funerals, which used to be very common, but nowadays have become rare, are mostly organised by friends an relatives in order to commemorate musicians belonging to the Afro-american diaspora. They are characterised by a certain scenario:The parade is headed by the marching band, followed by the closest relatives, then followed by the so-called second line, with friends and those who spontaneously join the parade. The installation Parade for Carl Crack refers to the second line in a New Orleans musicians’ funeral parade and signifies the artist’s farewell to the musician and friend Carl Crack.