transmediale12 – good manners bad habits


Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


for and with transmediale 12 IN/COMPATIBLE


commissioned by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, transmediale


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raumlabor designed the festival architecture for the transmediale 12 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The installation consists of fragments, which seen as an ensemble evoke memories of habitations. The objects appear as a new species, a fusion of furniture and construction elements.




the exhibition design for the show “dark drives” integrated the presentation of very different media into one spacial frame. the media presented were mainly projections, works shown on screens but also sculptural works, sound works and prints / drawings in frames. the general atmosphere of the exhibition space was quite dark, darker than represented on the photographs. the architecture follows loosely the lines of opening up the frames and elements of exhibition design. the notions of inside and outside, of front and back of proper and casual (re)presentations are opened up for individual interpretation. the diagram of the spacial layout is therefore broken down into a nearly continuous sequence of related and connected elements. while allowing every artistic position a good amount of space to be precede in, the audience experience is a extremely slowed down concentrated drift.

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The architectural installation comprises elements which, as an ensemble, are reminiscent of domestic living situations. Together, the objects seem to fuse a new spatial species, a hybrid between furniture and structural elements. Even though these fragments enclose-several interior spaces, structuring and dividing the foyers of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, they do not clearly define what is interior and what is exterior.Their own distinctive syntax is too open or too intricate to be deciphered and, as built paradoxes, they create an atmosphere of uncertainty.