Parler est combattre
field for agonistic encounters: layout of the planned city Erlangen;
groups of chairs in varying formations; blackboard with drawings;
Parler est combattre (J.F. Lyotard), wallpaintig, Kunstpalais Erlangen, 2010
The main work in the exhibition refers to the layout of the baroque city of Erlangen. Founded in 1686 after the Thirty Years’ War had depopulated the region the new town shared features with the "guerre en forme": in particular its geometrical layout and the conviction that the planning processes are controllable and predictable.
Public space is defined by its use. In the battle for access to territories those are at a clear advantage who decide about the act to take place, who define the rules, and who takes part in the game. These conventions are mirrored in spatial settings. The order of bodies in space reveals power relations, hierarchies and control systems.
photo: Erich Malter