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.
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.
for Art in Context
University of the Arts, Berlin