Fluxus East

Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe

Exhibition Architecture

The exhibition architecture's concept for “Fluxus East” by Berlin-based artist Andrea Pichl follows the sectional division of the content by creating spatial clusters.
These are made up of normal, second-hand cabinet walls (Schrankwände) of the Sixties and Seventies (which were very common in the former German Democratic Republic) combined with IKEA shelves of today. These cabinet walls are used with the intention to visually and olfactorily draw the attention to the former East's aesthetic background noise.
It not only refers to the exhibition stalls of Russian constructivists (Maciunas was leaning to constructivism and even to the Russian Proletkult) but primarily to Oskar Hansen's (Polish architect, born 1922) concept of “open form”. The concept of “open form” came into existence in the mid-Fifties as a reaction to modernity's solidified form giving principles. Besides designing modern quarters applying the “linear system”, Oskar Hansen e. g. set up the electro-acoustic sound studio in Warsaw (1962), which was based on the idea of the flexible, movable panel system.
The exhibition architecture's ground-plan sticks to a strict linearity. The architecture is inspired by Maciunas's notion of the “Prefabricated Building System” dating back to 1965 too, which is demanding the luxurious use of used and existing materials as well as a simple construction and fabrication.
The exhibition architecture's concept is furthermore inspired by the Fluxus idea of a negation of aesthetics and the absence of higher meaning as well as by the idea of the non-symbolic and the labyrinthian, i. e. the conscious neglect of an exact spatial composition.

Berlin 27 Sept – 4 Nov 2007
Vilnius 30 Nov 2007 – 13 Jan 2008
Tallinn 5 Sep – 23 Nov 2008
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