insitu is a Berlin-based collective consisting of the curators Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid and was established in Autumn 2012. 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 collective is 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?
insitu collective was running as a project space at Kurfürstenstrasse 21–22, Berlin-Schöneberg from 2013 – 2017. There insitu collective conceptualized its program in annual Cycles, which provided a thematic focus for the exhibitions and events of the year.
For the inaugural year 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 collective 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. Cycle IV, an ambitious three exhibition cycle, was dealing with the potential of time travel. Described as Corridors each exhibition took visitors on an unfolding narrative through a significant moment related to scientific discoveries or notorious events in history.
In 2015 insitu collective 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 a.o.. Further, the insitu team initiated the Project Space Festival Berlin in 2014 which continues annually in August. Insitu collective curated an exhibition at Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark, as part of Aarhus – 2017 European Capital of Culture.
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 advertising director – art market at Monopol Magazine. 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.