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Exhibition opening: Jarek Kozakiewicz, Carla Leitao, Pia Fuchs, Annett Zinsmeister
18. November 2005 - 18. December 2005
Eastern European Network
Jarek Kozakiewicz
Geometry of Inside

The recurring motifs in Jarek Kozakiewicz’s work at the reciprocal relationships of people with each other, nature and new technology. He plumbs the boundaries between inner and outer, individual and collective, private and public. In his installation "Geometry of Inside”, he deals with the geometric order that he encounters in the human body: He draws lines between the organs responsible for seeing, hearing, breathing, digesting, reproduction and so forth and studies the change of the geometric figures that result from the changing positions and postures of the body.

Jarek Kozakiewicz (*1961) studied at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York and at the Art Academy in Warsaw, where he earned his doctoral degree in 1997. Besides his activity as a sculptor, he works on numerous architectural projects and installations. Kozakiewicz is a 2005 Akademie fellow and is taking part in the exchange program between the Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.

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Carla Leitao
True Romance

A virtual building is set across the exterior and interior spaces of the Akademie. Its ambiguous line of separation of matter and space invades freely the places of interaction of fellows, staff and visitors, as if affected by differentiated intentionality.

“True Romance” stands for the constant shift of concepts such as matter and space in architecture due to their interdependence but as well to their constant awarenness of the shift in the intelectual positioning of the human “body”. As well, it stands for a recognizition of the affect processes inherent to intelligence – be it human, material or spatial. In this way, the work uses a “same line” to discuss matter/space and spatial/political territories.

Carla Leitao (*1975) studied architecture at the University of Lisbon and at Columbia University, New York, where she completed her studies with a Master in Advanced Architectural Design. She lives and works in New York and has been a fellow at the Akademie since 2005.

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Annett Zinsmeister
Outside_in / II

Plattenbauten (Socialist concrete-slab structures) failed both as an allegedly built „utopia“ and as a diversified system of building blocks because of their realization in a planned economy. The concrete-slab (Die Platte) unites construction and facade, it is both constitutive and decorative. Its endless repetition reveals the calculation of efficiency: the concrete-slab oscillates between deterrence and fascination. Annett Zinsmeister’s work is based on a comprehensive photographic documentation of various East German concrete-slab buildings in their original condition, many of which are increasingly disappearing. Just as the concrete realization of utopian urban models obliterates the actual utopia, their unpopular inheritance is slowly but surely disappearing in the urban setting. The installation at Akademie Schloss Solitude condenses the interplay between minimal and ornamental aesthetics and endless monotony.

A corresponding installation is on view from December 2-16, 2005 at the exhibition space Oberwelt e.V., Reinsburgstr. 93, Stuttgart.

Annett Zinsmeister (*1967) studied art, architecture, art history, cultural/media sciences. Diploma at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She lives in Berlin and holds a professorship at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. In 2005, Annett Zinsmeister is a fellow of the art, science & business program at the Akademie Schloss Solitude .

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Pia Fuchs DT ID of Patricia Reed
Polyrhythmy

Polyrhythmy is a series of photographs depicting pedestrian activity in open, public thoroughfares. The series of photos is initially shot with video, and fragmented into still images of micro-moments of passage. These moments are collected and layered semi-transparently, and all architectural signs are removed – leaving only a hybrid public body in movement with one another. The ghost-like bodies of people in movement are contrasted by “stalled” individuals, who pause in this passageway for several moments before carrying on with the flow. Their bodies dominating the scene due to their accumulated, and therefore solid form.

This project has already been realised in different cities and places (Stuttgart, Paris, Berlin) and will be continued in further cities so that a constantly growing archive is created.

Pia Fuchs DT ID of Patricia Reed (*1977) studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montréal. Since graduation, she works as a freelance graphic and web designer.

The exhibitions are on view from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, December 18, 2005.
For the opening on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 8 pm the new fellows will present an adjunct program.
Hours: Tue–Thur 10am-noon & 2–5:30pm, Fri 10am–noon & 2–4pm, Sat–Sun noon–5:30pm