Spuren spuren Athen

Research project and show
Württembergischer Kunstverein
Schlossplatz 2
D-70173 Stuttgart


Opening with a talk by Keller Easterling
22 May 2015 at 7pm


Image: detail of the installation, styrofoam fragment


Text by Württembergische Kunstverein:

Spuren spuren applies the concept of collecting and producing traces at the same time. In an in-between state of collection and production, events and interventions are both recorded as well as triggered. Two snakes, the crisis, beach huts, a desert, and Hölderlin traverse these events and thus challenge strict oppositions between subject and object, between origin and derivative.

The question is raised, whether traces can be linked to any localities at all. Can this only happen at the place of origin or is it possible to do so by a reference or model within an exhibition? In addition it is being emphasized that localizations are difficult to maintain in the age of the Internet, which enables complete medial connectedness and diffusion.
Spuren spuren is not conceptualized as static misé-en-scene. Besides a presentation within the exhibition-space the latter becomes a subject of production in itself. The Querungen are transformed into the locality of an ongoing process. During the exhibition a travel agency is installed, Greek language courses are offered. A course on the golden ratio is taking place. The exhibition becomes an open space. Package holidays and Ouzo refer to Germany´s post-war period clichés concerning Greece. The golden ratio makes reference to the concepts of ideal beauty, which originate in Greek Antiquity.

The inclusive situation is part confrontation with well-known clichés while at the same time opportunity to get involved in conversations about the present.


Image: ‘endless economy’napkins, found in Athens


Image: 3d prints of different Parthenon models, found online



Image: beach huts, axonometric drawing


Image: installation view, beach huts





Image: spread with typology of balconies in Athens, schemes




Image: installation view, balcony


Image: installation view



Image: installation view, crisis


Team: Wencong Li, Julia Zumkeller, Ioannis Michailidis, Sümeyye Yigit, Pavlina Zika, Lina Müller, Rafal Wójcik, Georgios Katsanos, Riin-Kärt Ranne, Anastasia Thanou, Katarzyna Wierzchnicka, Yuxuan Hu, Juliane Schwarz, Christos Antoniou, Philipp Schell, Billur Damla Üfler, Sarah Yaparsidi
With the help of Chrissi Nasz.


Many thanks to Hans Christ, Marina Fokidis, Elina Axioti, Andreas Angelidakis, Aristide Antonas, Angelo Plessas, Evelyn Steiner.
This project is made possible with the support of Universität Stuttgart, Institut Grundlagen moderner Architektur und Entwerfen, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Klasse 2G), Württembergischer Kunstverein.