insitu is a curatorial collective, consisting of Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid. Established in Autumn 2012, insitu has also been running as a project space at Kurfürstenstrasse 21–22, Berlin-Schöneberg. The name insitu refers to the curatorial team’s understanding of curatorial practice as being necessarily »in situ« in terms of cultural, social and geographic spaces.
insitu conceptualises its program in annual Cycles, which provides a thematic focus for the upcoming exhibitions and events of the year. This cyclical structure provides insitu with the opportunity to ask new questions each year. Increasingly we are interested in experimenting with curatorial formats – How can we change the behavior of visitors in an exhibition? How can the expectations of exhibition viewing be readjusted? How can the encounter with an individual artwork be re-thought?
Launching in October 2016, insitu will begin its Cycle IV, an ambitious three exhibition cycle dealing with the potential of time travel. Described as Corridors each exhibition takes visitors on an unfolding narrative through a significant moment related to scientific discoveries or notorious events in history. These three chosen moments will each investigate the relationships between human and nonhuman worlds and connect to the idea of humans as »forces of nature«. Viewers will be drawn into the sensations and emotions of an experience: momentarily stepping into the shoes of those who pioneered a situation.
Previously, for its inaugural year, insitu’s Cycle I presented 7 episodes that dealt with fundamental questions surrounding the production of art. For Cycle II, insitu focused on the topic of ‘relationships, networks and connections‘, establishing a series of frameworks for invited artists, curators and more to respond to. In Cycle III, insitu developed group exhibitions as fictional characters, providing visitors with an intimate encounter with the character, creating the feeling that one not only just met a new person but entered into their private world.
In 2015 insitu was awarded the Prize for Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives by the Berlin Senate. The team has exhibited at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Another Space, Copenhagen, taken part in talks for Aarhus Art Weekend 2015; and are regularly invited panelists to the Curatorial Marathon for Picture Berlin and the Grosses Treffen – Portfolio Review for Nordic Artists. Further, the insitu team initiated the Project Space Festival Berlin in 2014 which continues annually in August. Looking ahead, insitu is invited to curate an exhibition at Viborg Kunsthal as part of the European Capital of Culture 2017.
Marie Graftieaux (* 1981) has many years experience in gallery management and is also the co-founder of NuN, an exhibition space located in a private ground floor apartment in Berlin Neukölln. Nora Mayr (* 1982) has been realizing different curatorial projects since 2008 and coordinated the International Studio Program at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien for three years. Gilles Neiens (* 1985), started his career in the art world in various galleries and is currently the sales director for the art market at German art magazine Monopol. With previous commercial gallery experience in Sydney, Australia, Lauren Reid (* 1983) is an independent curator and Director of the Art Department at Node Center for Curatorial Studies.
Cycle I was kindly supported by: