The Umbau Raum was a project and service by Nicolaus Schafhausen, running in the years between 1996–98 at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Operating without a fixed timeline and only partially defined in use, it was a space with furnishings and objects by artists, serving as a library, workspace, living room, and hangout.
The Umbau Raum as a site, but also as metaphor, is the starting point for this conversation between Schafhausen and Fatima Hellberg.
The evening is the first in a series of reflections and conversations drawing on the avant-garde legacy of the Künstlerhaus and some of the ways in which methods and attitudes of experimentation have been both extended and subverted, leading up to the anniversary of 2018.
Nicolaus Schafhausen is a curator, author and Director of Kunsthalle Wien. Since 2012 he has been the Strategic Director of Fogo Islands Arts, an initiative of the Canadian Shorefast Foundation. He has curated the German Pavilion of the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale, and in 2015 the Kosovo Pavilion. Co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2015, Schafhausen is a Visiting Lecturer at HISK, Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Gent and Visiting Professor at HBKsaar, Saarbrücken. Schafhausen was the Künstlerhaus Artistic Director 1995–98.