insitu collective

insitu collective We curate immersive exhibitions of contemporary art that bring visitors inside the world of a topic, be it a honeymoon, a future nuclear waste repository or a fictional character.
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insitu is a Berlin-based collective consisting of the curators Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid and was established in Autumn 2012. The name insitu refers to the curatorial team’s understanding of curatorial practice as being necessarily »in situ« in terms of cultural, social and geographic spaces. Insitu collective is interested in experimenting with curatorial formats – How can we change the behavior of visitors in an exhibition? How can the expectations of exhibition viewing be readjusted? How can the encounter with an individual artwork be re-thought?

in solidaritity:  #blackouttuesday
02/06/2020

in solidaritity:
#blackouttuesday

While we are preparing for our upcoming exhibition in Denmark at Viborg Kunsthal (@viborg_kunsthal ) opening on Septembe...
22/05/2020

While we are preparing for our upcoming exhibition in Denmark at Viborg Kunsthal (@viborg_kunsthal ) opening on September 18 we were happy to catch Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset‘s (@elmgreenanddragsetstudio ) new show in Berlin since 15 (!) years at König Galerie (@koeniggalerie ). They transformed the Brutalist space of former St. Agnes church into an almost full-size tennis court where you witness a tennis match between two boys somehow gone wrong! Can there only be one winner? 🎾 🧍🏼‍♂️🧍🏼🤷🏼‍♂️
#insitucollectiveontour #insitucollective #elmgreenanddragset #königgalerie @ König Galerie

This monumental shiny shark tooth by Swiss artis Sylvie Fleury (@fleury49000 ) is part of the group show „Duna Bianca“ a...
20/05/2020

This monumental shiny shark tooth by Swiss artis Sylvie Fleury (@fleury49000 ) is part of the group show „Duna Bianca“ at @dittrichschlechtriem gallery in Berlin. In 2015 we showed an older video work called “Twinkle” from 1992 in our group show called „Jonny“ in our former space in Berlin. In that work Fleury takes you on a journey into her closet and the world of fashion from the 60s to 90s! In a “never-ending” try-it-on, she slips into dozens of shoes with matching
outfits, which contain residual archetypes of symbolic representations of function, aesthetics and the
exploitation of the female body.
#insitucollective #sylviefleury #dunabianca #dittrichschlechtriem

Picture: „Labrisrynthe“, 2008.
Painted fiberglass.
205 x 45 x 215 cm.
Courtesy the artist and @mehdichouakri gallery

Happy belated birthday VALIE EXPORT! Yesterday the Austrian artist celebrated her 80th birthday! Her fantastic work „Syn...
18/05/2020

Happy belated birthday VALIE EXPORT! Yesterday the Austrian artist celebrated her 80th birthday! Her fantastic work „Syntagma“ was part of our show „Jonny“ in 2015. Throughout her experimental movie “Syntagma” (1983) VALIE EXPORT describes all kinds of contradictory
images of the “female body”. The artist breaks any notion of unity – between body, space, or time – and shifts in an ironic way between images of clichéd and strong women.

#insitucollective #valieexport #syntagma

Picture: “Syntagma”, 1983, film still. Courtesy the artist. Provided by Sixpackfilm

17/05/2020

The film „EL MERAYA“ by Distruktur (@distruktur = Melissa Dullius & Gustavo Jahn) can be watched online now ▶️ See Link in our bio!
The images that compose the film were screened for the first time in June 2014, in Cairo, forming an installation with 16mm projectors, a tent, a sound collage. It had been filmed, developed and edited only a few days before the event, a presentation of the project Analogue Zone which is an exchange program between filmlabs happening in Cairo, Athens and Berlin (2012-16). A work in progress had further been screened in Berlin, at the closing event of Analogue Zone and finally in April 2018, „EL MERAYA“ premiered in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal. In the last two years, it has been shown at festivals, exhibitions and projections in Serbia, Latvia, Brazil, Switzerland, France, Russia, Germany and Portugal and won several awards such as the „Grand Prix - XVII International Kansk Film Festival“ in Russia and the „Prêmio Calcita - Cine Esquema Novo“ in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Distruktur was part of the group show „Jonny“ in 2015.
#insitucollective #distruktur

The trolls Ugh & Boogar have won a competition in Vladivostok for a new sculpture that is also a building on the harbour...
03/05/2020

The trolls Ugh & Boogar have won a competition in Vladivostok for a new sculpture that is also a building on the harbour. (The harbour is now 150 years old) It will only be built next year, so here you see sketches from the designing phase that has begun. Artist Egill Saebjoernsson (@egillsaebjoernsson ) is very excited about it and Ugh & Boogar as well, but there is a bit of a problem of concentration as usually as they have what we humans call ADHD on a very high level. And they tend to sleep in the day and stick around at night, so it’s always a bit difficult to get things done with them. writes Saebjoernsson.

The building is two floors with a restaurant on the top floor with a view in all directions. All profit will be used to preserve the local giant crab that is under threat from extinction because of overfishing from the neighbouring nations and pollution. The Giant Crab is a theme that came directly from the trolls, as they were diving in the waters outside Vladivostok. They got shot at from a submarine by accident, but that’s how they got to know the Vladivostok government and got into the competition and won. They want to make the crab house covered with gold like the amazing Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square writes Saebjoernsson.
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #egillsaebjoernsson @ Vladivostok, Russia

Every time Isabelle Giovacchini (@isabellegiovacchini ) browses through the book "Alpinisme et photographie, 1860-1940",...
02/05/2020

Every time Isabelle Giovacchini (@isabellegiovacchini ) browses through the book "Alpinisme et photographie, 1860-1940", she finds something mystical about the climbers immortalized in it. Perhaps it's because of the way they look, most of the time upwards, or their gestures, tense and ascensional, or their costumes, very chic, almost dressed up for our contemporary eyes. When they pose in front of the camera, they often use the sticks they are equipped with to point to a summit or the far distance.
All it takes is a glossy reflection to make them look like spiritual explorers, adventurers of the fantastic. Following this method, one can also discover strange rays, like split stars on panoramas.
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #isabellegiovacchini

Pictures: "Les Alpes fantastiques“, 2020
silver-prints on baryte
6 x 8 cm each, except first picture: 18 x 24 cm. @ Nice, France

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissan...
30/04/2020

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. They are a contemporary interpretation of the legend of Saint George and Saint Sebastian. 🏹
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #edouardbaribeaud
Picture 1 & 2: “George and Theodora”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Picture 3: “Sebastian”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Courtesy the artist. @ Berlin, Germany

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissan...
30/04/2020

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. They are a contemporary interpretation of the legend of Saint George and Saint Sebastian. 🏹
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #edouardbaribeaud
Picture 1 & 2: “George and Theodora”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Picture 3: “Sebastian”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Courtesy the artist.

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissan...
30/04/2020

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. They are a contemporary interpretation of the legend of Saint George and Saint Sebastian. 🏹
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #edouardbaribeaud
Picture 1 & 2: “George and Theodora”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Picture 3: “Sebastian”, 2019
egg tempera on canvas
Courtesy the artist. @ Berlin, Germany

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissan...
30/04/2020

Edouard Baribeaud (@edbaribeaud ) wanted to share the three following newer paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. They are a contemporary interpretation of the legend of Saint George and Saint Sebastian. 🏹
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #edouardbaribeaud
Picture 1:
Picture 2:
Picture 3:
Courtesy the artist. @ Berlin, Germany

Swiss artist Franziska Furter (@franziskafurter )continued working on a series of works called „korona“ which she alread...
29/04/2020

Swiss artist Franziska Furter (@franziskafurter )continued working on a series of works called „korona“ which she already started in 2012. Did Furter had a premonition of what will happen 8 years later? 🧐🤓 #artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #franziskafurter
All pictures:
From the series „korona“, 2020
14 x 21 cm
Courtesy the artist and Lullin + Ferrari, Zurich (@lullinferrari ) @ Zürich, Switzerland

If you cannot go to your studio during quarantine, why not do your drawings from your kitchen-table? That is what Jennif...
25/04/2020

If you cannot go to your studio during quarantine, why not do your drawings from your kitchen-table? That is what Jennifer Oellerich (@jennifer_oellerich ) has been doing: She started a new series that is being made at her kitchen-table and therefore calls it the "Küchentischserie". They have been inspired by a short-trip to a ski-area in January 2020, a few weeks before the pandemic started.

#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #jenniferoellerich

Pictures: „Schattenläufer“, 2020.
Watercolor on paper
size: 30x40 cm
Courtesy the artist @ The Mountains

So many cancelled or postponed shows for oh so many artists! Stay strong and positive! Here is a new work by Marianne Vl...
24/04/2020

So many cancelled or postponed shows for oh so many artists! Stay strong and positive!
Here is a new work by Marianne Vlaschits (@marianne_vlaschits ) called „Self Portrait as Planetary System“) which should have been part of her postponed solo show at Suzie Shride (@suzieshride_ ) in Vienna. The show is currently rescheduled to summer this year. We will keep you updated! Thank you for sharing it with us Marianne! 💋🪐💫

#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #mariannevlaschits #suzieshride

Picture: „Self Portrait as Planetary System“, 2020
(Part of the series called „Der magnetische Zauber“
Oil on canvas
Courtesy the artist.

The series ‘’banishing fears (2019-2020)’’ from Nika Fontaine (@nikafontaine ) is composed of ceramic sculptures and met...
21/04/2020

The series ‘’banishing fears (2019-2020)’’ from Nika Fontaine (@nikafontaine ) is composed of ceramic sculptures and metal embossings and refers to the first stage of alchemical transmutation. This first series of seven was produced at the EKWC European ceramic workshop center and will be presented across Europe in a location yet to be revealed.
The first stage, calcination, aims at dissolving the ego to reach the light within. Freed from egoistic desires and speculative future angst, the initiate takes the first step toward total transmutation.
Ceramic egregors and didactic friezes coexist with a common goal; banishing fears.
The viewers will be given practical tools, initiatic pathways, and subconscious antidotes through the metaphoric language of the works.
In a synchronistic turn of event, Fontaine believes the series to be right on time for the crisis we are universally experiencing. Let this be an opportunity to move beyond the stage of calcination and toward the light!
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #nikafontaine #banishingfears #alchemy
All pictures courtesy the artist. @ Berlin, Germany

The series ‘’banishing fears (2019-2020)’’ from Nika Fontaine (@nikafontaine ) is composed of ceramic sculptures and met...
21/04/2020

The series ‘’banishing fears (2019-2020)’’ from Nika Fontaine (@nikafontaine ) is composed of ceramic sculptures and metal embossings and refers to the first stage of alchemical transmutation. This first series of seven was produced at the EKWC European ceramic workshop center and will be presented across Europe in a location yet to be revealed.
The first stage, calcination, aims at dissolving the ego to reach the light within. Freed from egoistic desires and speculative future angst, the initiate takes the first step toward total transmutation.
Ceramic egregors and didactic friezes coexist with a common goal; banishing fears.
The viewers will be given practical tools, initiatic pathways, and subconscious antidotes through the metaphoric language of the works.
In a synchronistic turn of event, Fontaine believes the series to be right on time for the crisis we are universally experiencing. Let this be an opportunity to move beyond the stage of calcination and toward the light!
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #nikafontaine #banishingfears #alchemy
All pictures courtesy the artist. @ Berlin, Germany

These very delicate pencil drawings were made by Panayiotis Michael and represent compositions of objects found in Nicos...
20/04/2020

These very delicate pencil drawings were made by Panayiotis Michael and represent compositions of objects found in Nicosia’s former general hospital and future Archeological Museum space!
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #panayiotismichael
Picture 1:
„Still life composition No 2“, 2019
Pencil on paper
111 x 101 cm
Picture 2:
„Still life composition No 3“, 2019
Pencil on paper
125 x 117 cm
Picture 3:
„Still life composition No 4“, 2019
Pencil on paper
102 x 150 cm

Images: courtesy the artist
Photos: Nicos louca @ Nicosia, Cyprus

During quarantine Robert Steijn (@robertsteijn ) is doing daily performances in his own living room sending out positive...
17/04/2020

During quarantine Robert Steijn (@robertsteijn ) is doing daily performances in his own living room sending out positive vibes to the world but without any spectators! We are happy that Steijn is sharing those pictures with all of us as we think they absolutely need to be seen! They came along with the following (funny) note:
„the picture i sent to you, is a reference to the small performances i do now almost daily in my own living room. there are no spectators, i do not show it online. it is just me, creating a space with a very specific a energy. during these performative moments, i am working with an avocado pit, some synthetic white lace, and some colour drawings. i am creating a dance and a certain presence, in which my performative body becomes a prayer for positive vibes and energies to send into the world.
to get a little bit an idea of what i do in my performative quarantaine, i also send you a picture of me, chilling out during my so called daily ‘creative’ activities. perhaps you can imagine that i have some fun sometimes.“ #artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #robertsteijn #performanceart #avocado🥑
Pictures: „waiting for the other half in infinite white“, 2020
Courtesy the artist. @ Amsterdam

Many vernissages and events have been postponed due to the current situation and it has been no different for the book l...
13/04/2020

Many vernissages and events have been postponed due to the current situation and it has been no different for the book launch of artist duo Markus and Reto Huber aka huber.huber‘ s (@huber.huber ) new book “Widersprüchliche Bewegungsreize” that has been postponed until autumn. But they chose a special work of art - a photo. The photo that comes as a book cover for the social media channels of insitu collective.
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #huberhuber
More info on the book:
„Widersprüchliche Bewegungsreize“ picks up where the author’s previous book, Universen (Edition Patrick Frey, 2011), left off and gives visible, palpable form to their artistic work over the past ten years, transporting the reader once again into a teeming pictorial cosmos. In contrast to Universen, however, this artist’s book features huber.huber’s photographs rather than collages and ink drawings. Presented in two-page spreads, the pictorial compositions form ascending and descending series of various lengths in which other images using other techniques are embedded. The upshot is a dazzling tapestry of images, producing a sort of visual dissonance which, in extreme cases, is liable to cause the same symptoms as motion sickness. Brief texts (translated into a total of seven different languages), ranging from succinct descriptions to associative sensory impressions, provide clues to some of the compositions and sequencing whilst also serving as agreeable interludes. A remarkably comprehensive index of nouns (e.g. “apple”, “petri dish”, “salt lake”) and adjectives (e.g. “moist”, “geometric”, “eerie”) helps to render the artists’ enigmatic visual cosmos readable.

This new artist’s book goes far beyond the mere reproduction of photographs and once again masterfully reflects huber.huber’s artistic practices in the special medium of the book.
– Mirjam Fischer

Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich (@editionpatrickfrey )
N° 302
Coming soon 1. Auflage 2020
Editor Mirjam Fischer
Designer Elektrosmog
Hardcover, 321 Seiten, 224 Farbabbildungen
21 × 30 cm
ISBN: 978-3-907236-02-4
German, English

Just before Corona hit the global art scene and forced all museums, institutions and art galleries to shut down for an u...
11/04/2020

Just before Corona hit the global art scene and forced all museums, institutions and art galleries to shut down for an undetermined time, Isabella Fürnkäs (@isabellafuernkaes ) together with Olga Cerkasova
(@olgacyclop ) presented new works in a show called „Sandstorms“ at Lagos Mx (@lagosmx ) in Mexico. She wanted to share the exhibition views with all of us and reveal a little more about this collaboration: Both artists thematically question the body and it’s cultural identity and fluid interconnectivity through their work. Olga Cerkasova creates paintings and sculptures that reveal hidden and delicate desires in site-specific installations in the space. Isabella Fürnkäs plays with the intersections of the multiplicity of identities and reflects subversive notions of self-perception.
Together they initiated a specific dialogue between their works while collaborating for the first time. The studio exhibition contained sculptural details made of plaster, sand and remastered ready mades that contextually engage with the oil paintings. The paintings blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. The hanging cut-outs made of jute marked a fluidity and fragility which could also be observed in the small sized drawings. The artists worked site specifically and also included materials found through in their cultural research while being in Mexico City.
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #isabellafürnkäs #olgacerkasova @ Mexico City, Mexico

09/04/2020

American artist and feminist art pioneer Nancy Buchanan sent us an email with the enigmatic message "This is what I'm thinking about", accompanied by this video titled "Revenge of the Pangolin". Pangolins are among the suspected sources of the coronavirus and sad holders of the title of the world's most trafficked mammal.
#artintimesofcorona #insitucollective #nancybuchanan

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insitu collective curates immersive exhibitions of contemporary art that bring visitors inside the world of a topic, be it a honeymoon, a future nuclear waste repository, or a fictional character. Through theatrical scenography and engaging visual storytelling, insitu collective is interested in experimenting with curatorial formats - How can narratives be told and unfold through space? How can the exhibition design, artworks and architecture work together to express a particular subject? How can ideas be transmitted as intuitive and visual or sensory experiences?

insitu collective was established in Autumn 2012 and consists of the four curators Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid. The name insitu refers to the team’s understanding of curatorial practice as being necessarily »in situ« in terms of cultural, social and geographic spaces. With that in mind, the collective works without a fixed space across diverse locations and scales, including Kunsthal Viborg, Denmark; MeetFactory, Prague and recently at Casino – Forum d´Art Contemporain, Luxembourg. The team has additionally collaborated with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Another Space, Copenhagen and taken part in Aarhus – 2017 European Capital of Culture.

From 2012 - 2017 insitu collective ran the project space insitu Berlin at Kurfürstenstrasse 21-22, Berlin. The team was in 2015 awarded the Prize for Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives by the Berlin Senate. Further, insitu collective founded the Project Space Festival Berlin in 2014 which continues annually.

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