The studies on the presentation systems of art often eminate from the medium of the exhibition. In the face of an increasingly inter-disciplinar practice of art and variable dimensions of presentations, the concepts need to lean on the design of the institutional conditions. Institution als Medium discusses the interdependency between artistic practice and its presentation with regard to institutions or institution-like structures among wich are magazines. What is the target group? How does knowledge circulate? How does architecture influence social events and what public spaces occur?
The reflection about theory and practice of exhibition design are an ongoing emphasis of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Institution als Medium is conceived in a cooperation between Dorothee Richter, scientist of fine arts, and the Züricher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdk). A documentation of the event will be published in a thematically related edition of the online magazine on-curating.org (autumn 2008).
The event Institution als Medum is a cooperation with the MAS Curating der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHDK).
Wolf Schmelter is an artist and curator, teaching at MAS Curating (Züricher Hochschule der Künste). He is co-founder of Reservoir, a series of films about the relation between arts and cinema at Filmpodium Zürich and the Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD), Geneva.
Simone Schardt is artist and writer for WoZ, ith 31 and Texte zur Kunst. She is guest lector at MAS Curating. Both are fellows of Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (2008). Together, they initiated Kinoapparatom, a mobile instant cinema for screenings of artistic films at specific locations. In 2007 they developped Surprise, Surprise in cooperation with Les Complices, Zürich – interventions as an altering comment on to the practice of exhibition design.
Joanna Mytkowska is founding director of the museum for contemporary art in Warsaw. Up until the opening of the building by Christian Kerez in the year of 2014, the museum occupies a temporal space. The exhibitions and events already define the field of activity of the institution. Joanna Mytkowska formerly was curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris with the focus on contemporary art. In 1997 she founded together with Andrzej Przywara and Adam Szymczyk the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. She curated numerous exhibitions, among which are: The Anxious. Five artists under the pressure of war (2008), Le Nuage Magellan (2007, both Centre Pompidou Paris), Hidden in a Daylight (Cieszyn 2003).
Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect living in Frankfurt on the Main and Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London. His works contain the Synagogue Dresden, Bockenheimer Depot Theater in Frankfurt on the Main (with William Forsythe), the sound architecture for Frequenzen-Hz, a musical pavilion for the Museu Serralves in Porto, the exhibitional architecture for Bruno Latours and Peter Weibels’ Making Things Public at ZKM, Karlsruhe. Hirsch curated ErsatzStadt: Repräsentationen des Urbanen at Volksbühne Berlin. His last publication was On Boundaries, Lukas & Sternberg in 2006. In 1998, his work was awarded with the BDA-Preis Berlin and the Kunstpreis of the 1822-Stiftung. In 2001 he won the Deutscher Kritikerpreis and the World Architecture Award in 2002. With his research program Spaces of Production, he studied the spatial conditions of institutions for contemporary arts and developped the concept for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne.
Jacob Fabricius is director of Malmö Konsthall, one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe. He was curator at Centre d’Art Santa Monica, near Barcelona and runs the publishing company Pork Salad Press in Copenhagen. He curated numerous exhibitions with renowned artists in unusual locations all over the USA and Europe, at answering machines, empty vitrins, advertisement boards an in magazines.
Dorothee Richter is head of MAS Curating, Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, at Züricher Hochschule der Künste. She is curator of various exhibitions of contemporary art and tought at universities in Bremen, Geneva, Stuttgart an Luneburg. Since 2003 she, together with Barnaby Drabble, was curator of Curating Degree Zero Archive for curatorial practice, which in now travelling through different institutions of art. Re-Visionen des Displays (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich, co-edited by Jennifer John and Sigrid Schade), edited by Richter, will be published soon.