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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?

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photos : Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

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.

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photos : Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

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.

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photos : Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin
Volksbuehne Installation – osa Project Team

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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Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin – 2010

Carsten Nicolai
Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin Carsten Nicolai
photo: Benjamin Pritzkulei © Carsten Nicolai


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