29th June - 5th October 2008
Liquid Frontiers with Guus Beumer
Herman Verkerk (Amsterdam), EventArchitectuur
Experimental Jetset (Amsterdam)
Barbara Caveng, Bernhard Cella, Tomas Eller, Peter Sandbichler, Astrid Seme, Roman Signer, Anna Jermolaewa
Cornelia Sauter (sleep researcher, Charié Berlin)
August Ruhs (psychoanalyst, Vienna) and Walter Seitter (philosopher, Vienna)
Erik de Kuypers (Amsterdam)
Guus van den Akker, Johannes Schwartz, Moniek Wegdam
For Sigmund Freud, the dream is the “guardian of sleep”. Inspired by an observation by the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, this exhibition investigates the extent to which we can use Freud’s starting point to discern a fundamental social dimension in the elementary protective function of architecture. Despite the best efforts of researchers, sleep retains an air of intangibility, whereas architecture is very much a positive – that is to say concrete - phenomenon. Architecture’s presence facilitates the sleeper’s absence and guarantees continuity during precisely those phases which, in reality, are marked by discontinuity.
Named after the medical term for the limiting condition between being awake and being asleep, the exhibition combines the results of research, artistic interpretations and architectural concepts into a panorama in six chapters more driven by directness and polemic than culturally historic correctness.correctness.