During his recent research visit in New York City, Marco Schmitt was occupied with a specific question: How do institutions operate and to what extent do structures of administration and management represent art institutions? To further explore this question, he visited and photographed the internal offices of some key figures within the context of the New York art world, such as Richard Armstrong, at the Guggenheim, Massimiliano Gioni, at the New Museum and RoseLee Goldberg, at the Performa office. His photographs focus on personal objects, fragments of design language and how these elements are or might be used to reveal how and where the directors work. As part of the performance program, ICH/I, Schmitt proposes to retrieve those visits within the setting of Stuttgart, where he will continue to develop his list. Combining the material from New York with new material from Stuttgart-based institutions, he aims to develop an installation on the first floor of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, where the office and administration are located. Visitors are invited to take a tour with the artist in order to “read” the photographs together as a collective experience within the office context.
“Enter my office and have a look into my exhibition! Have a look into my office, and see my attitude… What do the Guggenheim Museum NYC, the New Museum NYC, Performa NYC, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, der Württembergische Kunstverein Stuttgart and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart have in common? Each of them has a position for a director and every director has his/her office structure.”