Antoine Catala, Ben Schumacher, Dean Baldwin, Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Krista Mary Martin, Mario Airò & Gianluca Concialdi, Max Ruf, Nora Schultz, Olga Pedan, Sung Tieu, Tore Wallert & Aleksander Hardashnakov, Vela Arbutina
28 August, 2016
Opening Reception: 28 August 2016, 14:00–23:00
Leipziger Straße 40
Map to location
The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror. But it is also a heterotopia in so far as the mirror does exist in reality, where it exerts a sort of counteraction on the position that I occupy. From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, from the ground of this virtual space that is on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am. The mirror functions as a heterotopia in this respect: it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there.
Park View is a group show presented on Leipziger Straße at the end of the ‘Komplex Leipziger Straße’. The show takes the form of a ‘publication’, though instead of a printed and bound issue, this singular edition will be installed in a public park at the periphery of an idyllic DDR era urban project. The focus of the show is to present several interventions in the public space and the areas nearby which have been left to ruin—as a heterotopia, the images and interventions come together to form a collection of unique images; a physical representation in lieu of a utopian space.
Tailored cocktails by Dean Baldwin will be served until they run out.
Part of Project Space Festival, 2016