- ReMap4 ADDRESS
28 Giatrakou, ground floor
Artists: Akim, Javier Hinojosa, Leon Kahane, Marc Bijl, Marc Klee, Stelios Karamanolis, Stella Geppert, Tula Plumi, Oliver Ressler, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Vincent Grunwald, Willem Besselink
Curator: Stephan Kοehler
Τ: 0049 (0) 17661618584
- PERMANENT ADDRESS
Essener Straße 23
Images and texts courtesy of the artists
»Idiopolis« dialectics between subject and society
The exhibition will be about the interchange / the relationship of privacy and public and the possibilities to set that relation in an artistic work or action. Besides several classical heterotopias there are two main-types of space in our society: the private space and the public space. On one hand they differ in law and use: the private room is rented or bought by a private person to have a own space for the individual favours of behaviour and rules. The public space is organized by the state and open for mostly every citizen. First and at all the difference is set in a political-spatial definition. On the other hand there are a lot of interchanges between the two categories. The exhibition will concentrate on these interchanges, which connect the basic dualism of “private” and “public” in many possible ways.
We will investigate these opponents by expanding the access on artistic production. Is not every artistic action a transfer from a private planed and prepared idea to a public statement in the moment it comes to an exhibition? A good image for this dialectic constellation is the window, because it marks exactly the surface, the mirror, the visual transfer-zone in between private and public, in between “inside” and “outside”, in between subject and environment, in between soul and world in space and materiality. That’s why the motive and the idea of a window could be a kind of repeating element of this exhibition.
Another connection between the works and a main characteristic of the show is the obvious selection of Greek artists meeting those from abroad. The situation in Greece plays an important role for all countries, because it shows the limits of economic growth and political control in the western system. While the citizens of Greece (the birth place of the western idea of democracy, the localisation of our common Utopia) are suffering the most on the financial crisis, the economy of other countries like Germany profits the most of the actual tendencies. While the Greeks are leaving their private holdings and go into public to take responsibility for their rights, a growing class of rich citizens worldwide are seeking private, familiar comfort as the ultimate goal of their existence and leaving public responsibility behind themselves.
Most of our political terms and ideas we use today began their history in the Greek antiquity. As well as the distinction between “public” and “private”. At the very beginning of the distinction between these two spheres, we find a term which sounds quite strange today: Idiot, or Greek ἰδιώτης, idiōtēs, means a private citizen. But of course, in being that, he benefits from a public sphere, who allows him to be private. Today we only know a very negative connotation of the word, may basing on the denotation of somebody who is just caring of himself. Maybe it‘s time to think again about the idiot – and the relevance of this term for actual politics. Behind that question stand, we think, the question Roland Barthes asked when he was think about the concept “idiorrhythmic” – How to live together?