“Process Wall” is the title of a program for ephemeral formats that will take place on the second floor of Künstlerhaus throughout the year 2010. Instead of clearly delineated solo exhibitions, the program will show multiple projects and presentations that overlap in space and time. Exhibitions, magazine presentations and interventions are planned as well as lectures, notes, announcements or particular historical references. The “Process Wall” seeks a collective authorship of continuous development from activities occurring on the second floor. The first contributions in March 2010 will be a presentation of the new issue of Facehug from Takuji Kogo (*CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS) as well as “Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade” by Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber.
Facehug #3: Takuji Kogo/*CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS)
Facehug #3 presents Takuji Kogo, artist and founder of *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS, an international collaborative multimedia art project, which acts as a roaming unit for the production of art and long-term collaborations. *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS are multimedia based and presented in different formats such as physical exhibitions, on websites, in publications and events. The projects explore the backwaters of the global economy covering such disparate issues as the process of transformation and dereliction of post-modern architecture in Tokyo, tourism on the Korean North-South divide, or a large scale Sicilian cherry tomato production backed by Romanian and Tunisian migrants.
For the third issue of Facehug, Takuji Kogo will present the audio piece “Music from *CANDY FACTORY” with accompanying lyrics based on fragments of found text extracted from propaganda posters, junk mail, online forums, personal ads and horoscope forecasts, performed by synthetic voices. The installation at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart will also include Takuji Kogo’s ongoing photographic sculpture “non_sites.”
Facehug is an independent publishing project run by Ana-Maria Hadji-Culea that explores the way in which artists approach text in their individual practices, unfolding annually as a one-on-one collaboration that uses various media, formats and distribution channels to reinterpret the perspectives of printed matter.
Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber: Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade
In 1986, French urban theorist Henri Lefebvre, with architects Serge Renaudie and Pierre Guilbaud, participated in an international competition for the New Belgrade Urban Structure Improvement, sponsored by the state of Yugoslavia. In his urban vision for New Belgrade – the capital of former Yugoslavia founded in 1948 – Lefebvre emphasizes the processes and potentials of self-organization of the people of any urban territory to counter the failed concepts of urban planning from above. For Lefebvre, at this late point in his life, the promises of both modernist capitalist as well as state socialist architecture and city planning had failed.
Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber took the unpublished text of Lefebvre as a starting point for a series of artworks and a comprehensive publication that deals with social and political contradictions of contemporary concepts of self-management and self-organization, as well as Lefebvre’s idea of “autogestion” from the 1960s. In Künstlerhaus, Bitter and Weber will present a series of prints that propose alternative covers to the book.
On April 8, 2010 at 7pm, Helmut Weber and Frankfurt-based urban sociologist Klaus Ronneberger will discuss Lefebvre’s theories from a historical viewpoint in relation to current debates on the precarious connection between self-organization and neoliberal self-management. This will be followed by a screening of the film “NEW, Novi Beograd 1948 – 1986 – 2006″ by Bitter/Weber.