On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Akademie Schloss Solitude opens up the first series of exhibitions in the new year. From 7 p.m. onwards, the works and projects of current and former fellows will be on show.
On the night of the opening the Danish artist Maj Hasager will discuss her newest publication MAKING VISIBLE with Clara Herrmann. MAKING VISIBLE is an extended version of her film project We will meet in the blind spot that takes its point of departure from the architecture in and around the world exhibition Esposizione Universale di Roma in 1942, which was planned but never took place due to the Second World War.
What happened to eco- and solar architecture in Baden-Württemberg?
From the 1980s onwards, Baden-Württemberg produced an impressive portfolio of an eco- and solar architecture, which Kim Förster studied to differentiate between the notions of nature applied, and those interests and strategies linked to the use of renewable energies, alternative construction, natural materials, as to innovative building physics and ecology. These often pioneering projects were conceived, commissioned, carried out, or controlled by different actors involved, like individual architects, developers and entrepreneurs; the student services at the universities; companies and corporations; research institutions; the communes, the land, the FRG, the European Community; and so on. The single projects then had effects on the development of alternative lifestyles, advanced legislations, promising business models in the context of an ecological modernization. In the exhibition, Kim Förster shows three media of an ecological communication, which highlight the transformation of the architectural discipline: TV features, press clippings, as professional publications.
Thinking a Monument to the Sub/Urban Riot
Collective Re-orient (Gal Kirn und Niloufar Tajeri)
Gal Kirn and Niloufar Tajeri examine sub/urban riots in respect to their relationship to specific places. Despite its short durability and negative image in society, the event of riot makes visible major aspects of everyday urban life: economic deprivation, political exclusion, forms of racism, and police violence. In that way, riot enters a specific relationship with space: banlieue, ghetto, slum. How can the monument that is in sovereign control over the past then enter into a productive dialogue with the riot that desires to forget that very same past and explodes into the future? Don’t the modalities of both entities exclude each other? The exhibition works through this contradictory relationship through research of the past and recent riots in Los Angeles, London and Paris, and analysis of the spatial strategies of monuments, which express specific societal constellations.
Gardens of Subversion
The project Gardens of Subversion refers to the book Les Chateaux de la Subversion by the French poet and essayist Annie Le Brun. The essay explores the eighteenth century Gothic novel as giving voice to the problematic of modernity at a time when philosophers avoided to deal with questions raised by increasing unbelief. The exhibition does not aim to solve this problematic, it is rather a gesture that attempts to reflect our subconscious fears. Petros Touloudis presents the virtual space of the baroque gardens of Solitude as an online platform/world/museum/project space with the potential of hosting various future artistic projects and events.
»These things don’t happen by force,« says Observer A. »Or by one’s will,« adds Observer B.
Fictitious Force by the German filmmaker Philip Widmann is a cinematic exchange on the impossibility to share experiences, in black and white and grey. Shot by a local crew in Kolkata/India and in a language that the director neither speaks nor understands, the film relies on the visual. Fragmented dialogues in Bengali and English appear as type, interrupting the rising tension in the images of a man preparing to perform in front of a large crowd.
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 14–16 p.m., Sat–Sun 12–16 p.m.
Duration: Friday, January 15 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Akademie Schloss Solitude