ILLUSIONARY SPACES

Berlin 2014

The post-war architecture of the former German Democratic Republic was dominated by peripheral simplistic apartment blocks – a cheap and uncomplicated construction technique with industrially prefabricated building elements. Employed as all-consuming visual key- points, they were also established in the historical core of eastern Berlin, in order to emphasise the socialistic appearance of the city center. Despite their monumental presence, the multi-storey buildings are commonly sensed as depressive and dismal: Their aesthetic reflects a political mind-set, which is no less rational and austere than the buildings’ design. They represent a functionality, which originally does not provide any space for illusions. Curated by Point Project, the exhibition Illusionary Spaces introduces different artistic strategies, which juxtapose imaginary and illusionary spatial concepts as a contrast to the rational aesthetic of socialistic architecture. Intervening in the space, the works of six installation artists are exhibited in several rooms of a central multi-storey building, which used to be home to an old cinema and has been abandoned since 20 years.