homecomings, etc.
Return and Delineation in Artistic Practice

10 - 11 October 2014

Organised by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald featuring works that exemplify a homecoming to core ideas within the practices of Berlin-based international artists: benandsebastian, Anton Burdakov, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Eric Ellingsen, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Florian Neufeldt and Sophia Pompéry.

In this two-day conference, architects, artists, curators, scholars and writers will speak on the theme of 'homecomings', opening up concepts of return and delineation in artistic practice. The conference marks the second stage in a project spanning two group exhibitions. The conference’s content - with installations and performances in parallel to the talks and presentations - will reflect on the 2013 exhibition in Berlin and likewise lay the groundwork for the next display and events for Spring 2015.

Inspired by both Georges Perec’s Espèces d'espaces (1974) and the Icelandic artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s House Project (1974–), the series models revisitation as a multi-layered reflection on locality and identity. Based on a myth, Friðfinnsson built an inside-out house in a lava field in Iceland. With the wallpaper on the outside and the façade on the inside, he conceptually encapsulated the universe within his structure. Years later, returning to this original concept, a series of iterations successively dematerialized the house.

Day one of the conference will focus on traces of practiced return, expounding logics of encounter with homecomings of thought and experience over time. Day two will open the dialogue towards prospective visions of 'homecomings, etc.' in search of defining the very reading and writing of place, of subjectivity, of etcetera.

DAY 1: Friday, 10 October 2014
Katharina Wendler, Director, Safn, Berlin:
Erzählung, Natur, Zeit – Themen im Werk von Hreinn Friðfinnsson (in German)
Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald with Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Artist, Amsterdam:
Returning to House Project: an interview with Hreinn Friðfinnsson
Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Artist/filmmaker, Paris:
y w - on Georges Perec’s Espèces d‘espaces (1974)
Dr. Melanie Franke, Scholar, Academy of Art and Design, Basel:
do it - on artists as teachers, since the Black Mountain College (in German)
Luis Berríos-Negrón, Architect/artist, Berlin:
Weaving and Unweaving in the 4th Dimension: Abstract Machines and Social Pedestals
Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes 
and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London:
screening of: Homing Curation: an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist

On-Site Installation
Eric Ellingsen, Architect/artist, Cornell Architecture, Ithaca / Co-Director, Institute for Spatial Experiments, UdK, Berlin:
ROPEWALK (a knot sketch) (2013/2014)

Installation, Performance, Salon at BOX Freiraum, from 6:00 pm
Øystein Aasan, Artist, Berlin:
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Artist, Berlin:
Intercalation (2014) with Michael Burditt Norton
Marco Thiella and Chiara Zanella, Artists, Berlin/Venice:
Coming Home (2014)
Place: BOX Freiraum, Courtyard, Boxhagener Straße 93, 10245 Berlin

DAY 2: Saturday, 11 October 2014
Talks and Interviews
Adam Budak, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, National Gallery of Art, Prague:
Anabasis. On Rituals of Homecoming
Dr. Ursula Ströbele, Scholar, Institute of Art Sciences and Aesthetics, UdK, Berlin with Sophia Pompéry, Artist, Berlin:
geHEIM – Vergangene und Zukünftige Projektionen (in German)
Mareike Riedel, Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle:
Shabbat Spaces: The Powers of the Eruv
Kirsty Bell, Writer, Berlin with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle on his work with Yona Friedman, Architect/artist, Paris:
MerzWorlds: extensions, collaborations and simple truth
Valérie Chartrain, Editor, Pétunia, Berlin/Paris:
The Pétunia Prism

You can download the detailed schedule here

homecomings, etc. is funded by the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin Foundation.

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