Dysraphic City

Exhibition: August 22 – 24,  2013

At: Projektraum Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

With: Rui Calçada Bastos, Norbert Bauer and Ralf Tekaat, Benandsebastian, Larissa Fassler, Felix & Mumford, Cyprien Gaillard, Laura Gorski, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Klara Lidén, Soeren Lose, Panayiotis Michael, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Christoph Rothmeier, Shingo Yoshida, Jaro Varga, Roland Wirtz. 

Curated by: Stephanie Han, Rebecca Heidenberg, Masha McConaghy, Inês Oliveira, Juliette Premmereur, Raphael Rogenmoser, Patrícia Rosas, Charlotte Van Buylaere

Ben&Sebastian

Benandsebastian, city of the (re) reorientated (detail), 2007

 

Dysraphism: /dys•ra•phism/ (dis-raf´izm) [dys- +raphe +-ia ] incomplete closure of a raphe (the seam-like union of two lateral halves of an organ); defective fusion, particularly of the neural tube.

Dysraphic City is an exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien developed during a three-month residency by the eight international summer 2013 residents of the Node Center for Curatorial Studies. Dysraphic City borrows a metaphor from Charles Bernstein’s poem “Dysraphism.” Bernstein employed the term as the title for his seminal 1984 L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poem, highlighting the use of syntactic disjuncture to convey meaning. This exhibition repurposes the term yet again, producing a framework that reveals defective or incomplete seams in the urban landscape of Berlin.

Often described as an “unfinished” city, Berlin is characterized by abandoned and contested sites. These spaces are continuously in flux: rediscovered, reinvented and repurposed. The artists in Dysraphic City create work referencing the city through video, photography, sound installation, and mixed media projects. Appropriating the tools of archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and even criminal investigators, they produce microcosms reflecting on the unique urban experience of Berlin.

The exhibition was accompanied by a publication launched at the opening on August 22nd, and a Salon organized by Air Berlin Alexanderplatz within the framework of the project ‘Tempelhofer Feld‘ by Benjamin Deboosere and Wouter De Raeve.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of Sprüth Magers, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, SEPTEMBER, ZK/U, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Lux Books, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz Salon and Charles Bernstein.

Photos ©Zsu Szabo

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