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Exhibition image group exhibition 2004

with R.J. Kirsch, Matias Bechtold and Kengo Nakamura

2/12 - 3/27/2004
The title "Room Available" contains a constant and a variable. The room as a materially enclosed space is related to its potential for human use in the same way that work incontemporary culture is related to leisure time, or public is related to private. Is the room available when it is empty or when it is being used? The relationship between constants and variables is relative and open. Sketches, plans and models are means of both manufacturing and representing reality - thus they also remain relative.

R. J. Kirsch provides so-called "Room Service". He comes to a location, sets up a tripod with a transparent pane of glass and draws the space according to the lines of perspective that lead from his eyes to the vanishing point. This technique stems from the old masters and Kirsch takes it into private, unfamiliar rooms. At the end of last year he provided this "service" in the Haus Schwarzenberg, which he drew from various different locations. Selected perspectives are recorded in the edition "Status Quo".

Kengo Nakamura paints architectural floor-plans, like the ones that hang outside real estate offices. They are mostly efficiency apartments, which in Japan are typically rented by students. An apartment roughly the size of 10 square meters contains a kitchen, a bathtub and a bathroom and costs approximately 500 euros per month. Nakamura paints particular areas in primary colors, thus making certain aspects of everyday life become apparent and conveying the feel of life in a big city through individual, isolated rooms.

Matias Bechtold creates closed rooms as objects. They take the form of simple rooms, apartment houses, campers, recreational vehicles, sleeping-cars and movie theaters. Every object contains a television, just like in contemporary life. The television illuminates the room from below or from the side, casting bluish flickering images and strengthening the atmosphere of privacy that the model radiates. Within many of the objects the television itself also plays a small role - as a mini-television.
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