Bram Braam / Pia Greschner / Mahony / Luca Vanello / Ulrich Vogl / Wolf von Kries / Sinta Werner / Markus Zimmermann
As part of the Artist Run festival and conference, 17 art spaces in Copenhagen have each invited a counterpart outside Denmark to create an exhibition in their space. Additionally, the spaces contribute to discussions in a two-day conference about the motivations, conditions and potentials of self- organisation and artist-run spaces.
Another Space has in this context invited insitu. Without experiencing the space first-hand, the name, floor plan, images and the imagination of the space became the starting point for working on the exhibition, that soon developed into a collection of ideas about ›another space‹ in terms of location and concept.
»Episode 7: another space« reveals works from eight Berlin based artists, which portray occupation of hostile areas, travel, adventure and the invention of illusive or alien spaces. Romantic perceptions of adventure, reflection and idle immersion are abandoned for the rational attempt to control the unknown, to appropriate places to ones own rules and to follow inclinations towards collective adaptations.
The artists all deal in the one or other way with spatial relations. Whether this means to challenge a perception or to reflect on sociological or historical components of architectures. Besides existing pieces that discuss ideas of spaces three artists have used the invitation to the show to develop new works and thus present their interpretation of another space.
Bram Braam transforms existing architectural elements of given spaces and interrogates the process of perception of the architecture itself. »From 250 000 cm3 to 23 768 cm3« displays a larger volume forced to fit into a tinier one. As the title suggests, Braam transforms volume of space by squeezing the shards of a large glass cube in the confines of a traditional museum vitrine.
In »Lost Horizon 1«, Pia Greschner rigs the postcard beach cliché into an ominous space. Although the video presents a paradise-like landscape with palm trees on an idyllic beach beneath bright blue sky, the spatial feeling is disrupted by the violent sound of helicopters. Although we never see the helicopters, the expectation of a possible terror or upcoming drama distorts the peaceful feeling.
»das älteste Stück Ding«, by the collective Mahony, presents the reconstruction of »the oldest piece you ever touched«, exhibited in the National Maritime Greenwich, England. Inspired by this bizarre object and the fact that mankind is possessed with defining the oldest/newest or greatest/tiniest objects, Mahony made a replica out of clay and shoe polish using a blurry picture taken secretly at the museum as reference.
For »Untitled«, Luca Vanello took the topic »another space« quite literally. He sanded the wall of a four-bed-room in the Danish asylum Center Sandholm, transformed the dust into color pigment and reversed it to liquid paint again. By painting a portion of a wall from the exhibition space with this paint, Vanello adds a new layer of history to the space itself. »Untitled« displays a part of a space that’s publicly inaccessible: restricted by entrance permits, bureaucratic rules and defined by limbo life situations. The work is realized with the support of Ismael Deboub.
In his piece »Studio« Ulrich Vogl twists a lens showing a photograph of his art studio. In doing so, he turns the art studio itself into the theme of a small artwork, thus illustrating the idea of the artist studio as a space where thoughts and ideas circulate. By cutting out the windows in the image, the lens generates the poetic illusion of a real illuminated space.
Above all, Wolf von Kries is a collector. Random objects, anecdotes and the like have been accumulated during travels, unplanned meetings, and other social interactions. His contribution to the exhibition, »Lichen«, is a symbiotic association between a fungus and algae with a potential lifespan of over 4000 years that lives as an intrinsic cosmos: without territory, independent from soil and almost entirely from sun. It survives even Earth’s most extreme environments.
Sinta Werner presents poetic collages dealing with the perception of architecture. In her series »Milos«, Werner creates new spaces from photographs of Milesian landscapes. She changes two-dimensional photographs into three-dimensional images and constructs subtle illusions and visionary spaces worth getting lost in. In »Space Collages« Werner’s interest in a staged reality appears, the boundaries between real space and backdrop blur.
Markus Zimmermann brings with him his own universe, where hand-made furniture, small-scale models, and material surplus are integrated into an expansive sculptural environment. Almost thought as a parasitical sculpture, the modules of »Backpack-Archives« stage their autonomy. Produced especially for the show, the piece is made to be adapted to any room and to be installed by any person upon individual preference.
Artists: Bram Braam (NL), Pia Greschner (DE), Mahony (AT), Luca Vanello (I), Ulrich Vogl (DE), Wolf von Kries (DE), Sinta Werner (DE), Markus Zimmermann (DE)
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