transmediale 2k+12 in/compatible
Incompatibility is the condition arising when things are not working together. Given the current worldwide proclamations of crisis, be they political, financial, technological or environmental, it may seem as if incompatible elements and situations are everywhere, that everything is failing. Ironically, it is the supposedly ever-more compatible media-scape, where everything connects, that render such crises instantly visible. With the theme in/compatible, the festival probes the productive and destructive sides of incompatibility as a fundamental condition of cultural production.
Festival Architecture 2012
raumlaborberlin designed the festival architecture for transmediale 2k+12 in/compatible at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The installation consisted of fragments, which seen as an ensemble evoke memories of habitations. The objects appeared as a new species, a fusion of furniture and construction elements.
Good Manners Bad Habits
The architectural installation comprised elements which, as an ensemble, were reminiscent of domestic living situations. Together, the objects seemed to fuse a new spatial species, a hybrid between furniture and structural elements. Even though these fragments enclosed several interior spaces, structuring and dividing the foyers of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, they did not clearly define what is interior and what is exterior.Their own distinctive syntax was too open or too intricate to be deciphered and, as built paradoxes, they created an atmosphere of uncertainty.
The exhibition design for the show “dark drives” integrated the presentation of very different media into one spacial frame. The media presented were mainly projections, works shown on screens but also sculptural works, sound works and prints / drawings in frames. The general atmosphere of the exhibition space was quite dark, darker than represented on the photographs. The architecture followed loosely the lines of opening up the frames and elements of exhibition design. The notions of inside and outside, of front and back of proper and casual (re)presentations were opened up for individual interpretation. The diagram of the spacial layout was therefore broken down into a nearly continuous sequence of related and connected elements. While allowing every artistic position a good amount of space to be precede in, the audience experience was a extremely slowed down concentrated drift.
Festival architecture by raumlaborberlin: Andrea Hofmann, Markus Bader with Florian Stirnemann