greenhouse for contemporary art
bien! is a project initiated by three
Berlin based artists aimed at developing alternative strategies for the
display of visual art and thereby examining the role of the gallery within
contemporary culture. Super bien! functions as a catalyst for
the growing interest in exhibition spaces other than the traditional ‘white
first installation of super bien! is a gallery constructed from
an ordinary green house. This will be situated off a quiet street in a
courtyard in Berlin Mitte on the edge of the prime gallery district. 24
hour public access allows projects to be viewed both day and night. The
courtyard within which the super bien! green house stands is a bustling,
lively environment surrounded by private residential buildings, a youth
centre, kindergarden and the Milchhof artists studios where the members
of the group work. The greenhouse gallery will remain here until mid 2007.
there it will travel to a number of temporary venues with differing cultural
and climatic contexts. It will work as an adaptive rather than a static
framework for the display of contemporary art. Its transparent walls are
the sensitive skin of a fragile space which relates to its environment
as an object and as a symbol.
greenhouse is an inexpensive structure, light-weight and modular, which
makes it highly mobile. Packed in three small flat cartons it can be sent
cheaply to exhibition venues, local and international. Also, this mobility
of the structure conceptually underlines the adaptive character of the
super bien! project.
super bien! greenhouse offers the opportunity to explore how
an artwork communicates with the environment in which it is exhibited.
Should the gallery be defind as a hermetically sealed space -separated
from the everyday or should it engage directly with the world?
project aims to occupy the gray area between the notion of an enclosed
museum and a concept of exhibition that allows and encourages public intervention.
In this way, super bien! treats the architectural construction
of the greenhouse gallery itself as an ideological framework which artists
either embrace or negate.
bien! is artist run operating with a team of three. Current members
are Anne Katrin Stork, Carlos Silva and David Keating. The project will
bring together emerging as well as established artists and curators from
Germany and abroad. The development of an international network and discourse
is a prime aim of super bien!.
The super bien! greenhouse gallery opened in September 2006 with a work by Anne Katrin Stork followed by ‘Groupwedding, which had been curated by the super bien! team. As well as running the exhibition in three weeks rotation periods, the super bien! project will host artists’ talks and one-off performances which will all be archived on this website.
from the 15th of july 2007 |