"LOST SPACES" EXHIBITION PROJECT
installation | photography | objects | video | interactive media
artists: Penelope Vlassopoulou, Alessandra Sensei, Marco Ristuccia,
Julia Patey, Margarita Novikova, Stephanie Neumann,
Carolin Kastner, Bram Braam, Rebecca Agnes
concept / curating by Susanne Lek (NL)
OPENING 27th of MARCH | 7 - 11pm
OPENING TIMES Friday / Saturday / Sunday 3pm - 7pm
LOCATION JOAO COCTEAU Kienitzer Strasse 98, Neukölln
Most cities have an amazing amount of vacant, unused land in its downtown core. Over the past few years, radically changing economic, industrial and employment patterns have further exacerbated the problem of lost space in the urban core. This is especially true along highways, rail road lines and waterfronts, where major gaps disrupt the overall continuity of the city form. However, lost spaces, although underused and deteriorating, provide exceptional opportunities to reshape an urban center and counteracts sprawl and suburbanization.
While the residential areas in the former East of Berlin experience massive urban upgrading, leading to gentrification, the former West is filled with deserted areas and empty buildings. The Kurfürstendamm, once a trademark of West-Berlin’s welfare, lost its appeal.The area around it is now full of wasteland. This contrast between on lost spaces on one hand, and highly gentrified districts on the other, can be confusing for people not from Berlin. The group show reflects artistic viewpoints on this contradictions.
How do outsiders experience the loaded history? How can someone keep up with a city that is changing so fast? How can artist help by turning this lost, dystopic spaces into utopian, creative sights? These and more questions will be raised and reflected in this exhibition.
SUSANNE LEK is doing her masters in contemporary and modern art history at University Utrecht, The Netherlands. She is currently finishing her thesis about the subject of dystopia in the work of contemporary Dutch artists.
During her ERASMUS grant in Berlin she works at arttransponder within the frame of an internship