EXIT IS NO OBJECTHEW @ the Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin-Karlshorst
In cooperation with Museum Berlin-Karlshorst & Galerie KWADRAT
EXILDISCOUNT | JOSHUA FINEBERG | ELANA KATZ | DARIO SRBIĆ | ACHIM VALBRACHT |
TZU-TING WANG | K. YOLAND
Opening: Friday April 14th, 18:00 - 21:00 18-19:00 Katholische Hochschule Berlin | 18:30 Performance by Elana Katz
19-21:00 Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Exhibition duration: 14. April - 5. May, 2023
Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen
Köpenicker Alle 39 - 57
This HEW exhibition takes place in the historic underground level of the Katholische Hochschule, a space that was partially used as a prison by the Soviet Secret Service (KGB). Selected artists create site-specific artwork in the rooms of the basement, reactivating this historical space which has in recent years had little to no visibility -- through the innovative medium of contemporary art.
As a public cannot be granted access to the building’s lower level due to safety regulations (no emergency exit) – the exhibition is viewable only through the use of surveillance cameras. The live surveillance footage is screened on monitors exhibited in the Foyer of KHSB- 1 floor above the physically inaccessible rooms and artworks being watched. Additionally, the artwork of Joshua Fineberg is featured at the Museum of Karlshorst at the exhibition opening on April 14th. This unusual format will create a parallel “watch space” separated from the physically inaccessible rooms and artworks being watched, while the topic of displacement is highly emphasized.
The title “Exit is No Object” refers to the focus of the exit in the space’s history and present-day restrictions. The exit as an object of surveillance is an impossibility, as surveillance exits precisely to prohibit the existence of an exit. The conceptual focus of the exhibition will deal precisely with this tension, furthermore considering tools and practices of surveillance as a useful format of communication to reach the otherwise unreachable, as well as a tool of voyeurism.
Curated by Elana Katz and Dario Srbić.
Surveillance system concept, design, and implementation by Dario Srbić.
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