Curated by Steffi Klenz
Unlike treating the city as an assemblage of material objects and architectural spaces, this exhibition brings together different visual approaches to the idea of ´dwelling´. Dwelling – just like ‘living’ or ‘lingering’ – is understood here as an active engagement of thought in present tense: to reside, to remain.
In an attempt to observe and grasp our surroundings, all works exhibited are focusing on margins rather than actual buildings, on the liminal spaces and ambiguous boundaries marking out the city and the different places within it. Accordingly, the show promotes some rather idiosyncratic takes on the world around us: often on the edges of the visible, the works unpeel the city space and its various layers – not to arrive at a ‘deeper truth’, but to undo the many planes of a cityscape.
In turning the periphery into its centre, we experience the city as a layered space that functions like a continuously changing membrane, breathing in and out. Imaginary as well as physical in its different functions, the city’s skin becomes an interface we live in: an enveloping surface, a container.
By visually peeling away the submerged city layers, the show looks at real and conceptual thresholds, interior and exterior walls – similar to any self that experiences the world both on its skin and through its skin.
Rut Blees Luxemburg, Christian Hagemann, Steffi Klenz, Wiebke Leister, Melissa Moore, David Spero, Eva Stenram