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Volksbuehne Berlin : Architecture
Architectural Installation Germany – by Office for Subversive Architecture (osa)
16 Aug 2010
Volksbuehne Berlin Installation
EINTRITT FREI (free entrance)
an installation by osa for the Volksbuehne Berlin, July/August 2010
Year in year out: holiday time. The theatre closes its doors.
But what goes on when nothing is on?
The closing of the great door not only provides an absurd image for the presence of absence, the installation itself counteracts the architectural pathos of an historical type of building, its very being happily disproportionate to what is presented within.
Five faithfully reproduced pillars have been inserted into the facade, completing as it were the set-like architecture, and thus putting the Volksbühne itself on stage for the length of the holiday closure.
The immediate vicinity, and everything that takes place there, is thrown back on itself, the theatre forecourt becoming a square where in fact everything happens. What the passerby makes of it is up to him; the installation gives him a free hand.
Is it a monumental painting he sees, or a stony cocoon seemingly about to hatch? Or is it polemicizing against the hotly debated stone architecture in Berlin, or just a symbol for the hermetic nature of avantgarde theatre?
Or does he see in it a play in which protagonists, actors, stage directors
The entrance is free, however.
Anja Ohliger, Frankfurt, Germany
Sebastian Appl, Hamburg, Germany
Ulrich Beckefeld, Wien, Austria
Volksbuehne Berlin Installation images / information from Office for Subversive Architecture
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