From January 26 until March 4, 2018 Akademie Schloss Solitude presents works by Caitlin Blanchfield & Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Devin Jernigan, Nina Støttrup Larsen, Rosa Menkman, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė & Vaiva Grainytė & Lina Lapelytė.
During the opening night the online yearbook Schlossghost #2 – designed by Christoph Knoth – will be launched and Rosa Menkman is presenting her online publication Beyond Resolution. In addition, Christoph Knoth and Rosa Menkman will give a talk about digital publications with analogue interfaces and non-digital contents via digital interfaces. We would like to welcome you for the openings, launch, presentation and talk on January 25, 2018, at 7 pm in Akademie Schloss Solitude!
Close Encounters of an Other Architecture
In Close Encounters of an Other Architecture Devin Jernigan brings us to the threshold between human and animal, safety and danger, void and space, sanity and paranoia, abject and clinical, normal and abnormal, common and uncanny, and on and on. There are two architecture projects on display: The Animal House and The Four Seasons in One Head. Devin Jernigan is an architect and researcher. He works with the latent desires in humans that are enablers of an architecture.
Modern Management Methods
Catilin Blanchfield & Farzin Lotfi-Jam
Architectural historian Caitlin Blanchfield and architect Farzin Lofti-Jam are presenting their exhibition Modern Management Methods that investigates the preservation of modern architecture as cultural asset and the processes by which buildings become historical artefacts. Using the imaging techniques of conservation and documentary methods of heritage preservation, the exhibition surveys two Le Corbusier houses at Stuttgart’s Weissenhofsiedlung to ask how subjective scientific methods produce stable notions of history and value for architecture.
Both houses have been adeed to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2017.
Nina Støttrup Larsen
What does it mean when the currency of 14 African states is being printed, designed and produced in the heart of the territory of their former colonial ruler? How does this state of affairs not disprove the myth of sovereignty for these African states? The production facility of the Franc CFA (a monetary unit used by several countries in West Africa) is located in the heart of France, situated right next to a dormant volcano with a newly restored Roman temple to Mercury, God of finance and theft, of trade and trickery, of borders and lies.
Nina Støttrup Larsens installation Fixed Parity is a landscape of articulation around the currency Franc CFA, and the role of France and Europe in its construction, maintenance and current invisibility.
Resolutions organize what gets seen, and what is dismissed, obfuscated, or even forgotten. But who is responsible for setting these resolutions? Who gets to decide the hegemonic conventions that resolve the image? How do these standards come into being?
Through an examination of the history of the color test card, Danish digital artist and researcher Rosa Menkman aims to provide some answers to these questions. At the exhibition evening she is presenting her new online publication Beyond Resolution.
Sun and Sea, 2017
by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė
Video installation based on a documentation of the performance of the opera »Sun and Sea«, premiered at the International Theatre Festival Sirenos, at the Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius 2017
Sandy beach in a bright summer light is covered by vacationers, lying on their colorful towels. Mosaic of different stories, narrated by singing bodies gradually grow into the global chorus of one ecosystem. The beach is observed from the solar perspective, from above, as if mankind were bugs. Under the topology of lazy holidays – burning time and burning skin –there is a hidden intuition of the end: temporality of human bodies, as well as the body of earth.
The authors of the opera »Sun and Sea« in their collaborative work pay special attention on the relationship between documentation and fiction, realism and poetry, as well as on the crossover of theatre, music and fine arts.
In March 2018 a German version of the work will be produced with the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
Their first work – the contemporary opera »Have a Good Day!« (2013) received six prestigious awards and was shown at international music, theater and opera festivals.
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (born 1983, Lithuania) works as a theatre and film director.
Vaiva Grainytė (born 1984, Lithuania) is a writer, playwright, and poet.
Lina Lapelytė (born 1984, Lithuania) is a visual and performance artist and musician.
Admission is free!
Opening night: January 25, 2018, 7 pm
On view: January 26 to Maarch 4, 2018
Opening hours: Tue–Thur 10–12 and 2–5 pm, Fr 10–12 and 2–4 pm, Sat–Sun 12–16 pm
Where: Akademie Schloss Solitude