VIDEONALE.18 - FLUID STATES. SOLID MATTER (2021)
The exhibition design for VIDEONALE.18 was created by architect and designer Ruth Lorenz of maaskant Berlin, who has designed exhibitions for institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, und HMKV at the Dortmunder U. The Sounds like Silence exhibition at the latter received the AICA critics’ prize.
«The theme of the exhibition is always the starting point of each conception. Of course "corona" was very dominant this time. Since we have been maintaining distance with strips of tape, a new awareness of closeness and distance has emerged. For safety and care. One meter fifty becomes the measure of daily life. The hygiene aura.
The route is calculated
In public spaces, we move about with foresight and collision-free, calculating air volumes and the number of persons. "Am I safe?" Only few people used to ask this question in their daily lives. Now, this thought belongs to the reality of life.
I included these new pandemic factors in the design, leading to an architecture that offers space and allows a common aesthetic cultural experience with the aura of real people, real works.
And then there is always the theme of the exhibition—FLUID STATES. SOLID MATTER. Such as nicely oscillating title. And auratic: the fluid logo as a volatile, amorphous blur container. Our world in its malleability.
At first we wanted to translate the Videonale graphic into a bioamorphous architecture. An architectural diagram of nets—spatially and thematically elastic—stretched in the fantastic spaces of the Kunstmuseum Bonn. The connection of themes, bodies, art, and the reference
to the fact that our bodies are connected to everyone and everything. Even though this "net" is an airy draft, we decided against it because of corona. The net is now drawn not physically but graphically through the space. It dissolves optical edges, irritates through perspectival distortion and therefore allows new links to be established.»
Excerpt from the interview in the exhibition catalogue with exhibition architect Ruth Lorenz, maaskant Berlin.