Foreword

From January 16th through February 2002, artists from the Institute for Art in Context presented the third in a series of exhibitions in the "Glasraum" ("Glass Room") on Einsteinufer. The "Glasraum," a large glass display case between the building's entrance and street, became an exhibition object in itself that was transformed several times through artistic experiments and the participation of the public. Teresa Bueno, Werner Kernebeck, Jeung-Eun Kim, Maria Morata, Charlotta Schroeder, and Young W. Song are six artists with very different work methods and cultural backgrounds, who collaborated with one another for the first time on this project. During the cold winter months, they analyzed the "Glasraum" space and developed an exhibition series with the concept "Wintergarten" (Wintergarden). In the group process, they discussed and developed the ideas of each individual artist, so that the concepts related to one another and were sequenced in a harmonious choreographic form.
The smaller glass display cases on the outside walls of the building at Einsteinufer are normally used to advertise events and concerts at the University of the Arts, Berlin. However, the President of the university allowed these smaller glass cabinets to be incorporated in the project for four weeks.

 

 

In this way, it was possible to work with the entire spatial situation through artistic interventions, and to emphasize the transparence and reflections in the architectural ensemble. The site-specific element of the installations did not just relate to the structural surroundings. Students, professors, lecturers, and the administrative workers of the University of the Arts, who have their domicile in the building on Einsteinufer, were invited to participate in the project, along with friends of the artists and passers-by. This documentation shows that the concept was well-received, and the artists had a very positive resonance from viewers and visitors. The "Wintergarten", an inhospitable and drafty "non-place", was transformed into a meeting place for several hours and days and aroused curiosity with its frequent changes. Many thanks to all participants, the numerous helpers and sponsors, especially to the company Herma in Filderstadt and MDP- Media/Digital/Production in Heidelberg for their involvement in this project.

Katja Jedermann

Institute for Art in Context
University of the Arts, Berlin