GOOD SPACE – political, aesthetic and urban spaces

Cat. Villa Merkel Städtische Galerien der Stadt Esslingen

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Andreas Baur
texts (German/English) by Damir Barbarić, Claus Baumann, Andreas Baur, Juliette Dersorgues, Julia Herrmann, Clea Laade, Stefan Mancuso, Katja Szymczak, George Frederrick Takis, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Anka Wenzel, Philipp Ziegler
426 p with 180 coloured illustrations
280 x 210 mm, Swiss brochure

ISBN 978-3-86442-184-6

48,00 €

Architecture utopias by artists

»GOOD SPACE – political, aesthetic and urban Spaces« means first of all opportunities. It is explored in this book accompanying the same-titled exhibition how the demands made on public spaces can be realized. The focus is on surprising utilizations of space and subversive artistic strategies. Questions are raised about the form and significance of public spaces – regardless of whether these have actually been built or are simply utopian designs or are situated in the digital realm. With »EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s«, an exhibition by the ICA London in 2015 has been integrated into this exhibition, focusing on historical preconditions of visionary and utopian architectural and spatial concepts in the 1960s and 1970s. The book is a reader and the sum of the exhibition and the lectures during this summer 2016 at Villa Merkel.

Sam Arka, Los Carpinteros, Martin Creed, Binelde Hyrcan, Jasper Niens, Pnat, Jon Rafman, Raumlaborberlin, Hito Steyerl, Ryan Trecartin, Stephen Willats
»EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau magazine from the 60s and 70s«, a cabinet show in the exhibition

Villa Merkel Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, 25/5–21/8/2016