Guerre en forme
Kunstpalais Erlangen, 2010
The exhibition focuses the configuration of space and its negotiability; that is to say, the predominant order as a preliminary result of controversies between opponents.
The most brutal struggle for space and resources is war. In the aftermath of the Thirty Years’ War, the concept of Cabinet Warfare, or "guerre en forme" developed. In contrast to battles between enemies aimed at mutual destruction, the "guerre en forme" is a controversy between sovereign entities. This war is fought according to rules, and carried out in defined territories. Fortresses constructed according to the laws of geometry, were approached with mathematical precision. The positioning of troops according to the laws of Euclid demonstrated the commander that he had been beaten without shedding blood. To a certain extend war was confined. In this context, we look at conflicts over space.
The galleries of the groundfloor present recents projects with reference to other cities, such as São Paulo and the Brazilian capital Brasília, the new dock district Bjørvika in Oslo, the island Veddel in Hamburg, and heterotopias in Copenhagen and Berlin. Experimental games for city-planning unfold, strategies of re-labeling and reuse of space while the role of inhabitants and audiences as protagonists of the polis is investigated. The works in the cellar vaults revolve around speech as a medium of contest.
Book: Dellbrügge & de Moll
Guerre en forme
ed.: Kunstpalais Erlangen
photo: Erich Malter