© Irina Hoppe
Urban Open Source
Presentation of Atelier Bettina Kraus, BTU Cottbus
Rosa Luxemburg Platz Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. / Ecke Almstadtstr. 10119 Berlin
L40 – Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. was founded in 2004 as an organisation without a space with a focus on site-specific art. It aims to address the question of how - if at all - art can help us to imagine the development of cities as a shared process involving artists, architects and citizens. In 2011 an exhibition space was established on the 2nd floor of Linienstrasse 40 along with a public project space in the foyer of that building.
Opening: 2.07.2015, 19.00 – 22.00
Period: 3.7.2015, 11.00 – 20.00 Uhr and 4.07.2015 11.00 – 17.00
The exhibition is taking place in Wechselstuben, a temporary, site specific installation by Michael Beutler at Rosa Luxemburg Platz. On view are the first objects and house produced by the architecture students of the Atelier Bettina Kraus at the University of Technology Cottbus
The process of creating these works began with the choice to work with one material – wood, felt, stone or metal, as well as the parameter of a limited number of work processes. The choice of material, its fabrication and handling has a defining influence on the expression of each object. Through a simple series of dividing and manipulating, different raw materials are transformed into a group of remarkable figures with a sculptural presence that make us aware of the possibilities and limitations of the respective materials. In the process of dividing, re-building and de-forming the different materials, which are largely industrially produced, the connections between form, structure and the material-specific properties are discovered.
Within the experiment of dealing with isolated aspects of situatedness, scale, function, circulation and points of intersection, the objects become associative resources for the house. Different from the traditional Werkstück, for which the treatment of materials is not in itself of interest, the process of working brings forth questions and conflicts that lead to ideas for architecture, space and the situations taking place within. Beyond its classifiable connections this work process also presents itself as a phenomenon in itself, one that is informed by both everyday experience and fortuitous coincidence.