There's no place like home

20 April - 23 June 2013

with Eric Baudelaire, Nanna Debois Buhl, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Theresa Himmer, Maria Loboda, Benjamin Tiven, Jeronimo Voss, Christoph Westermeier
To Benjamin Tiven's online-project "The SUITCASE System".

OpeningFriday, 19 April 2013, 6.30 pm
(admission free)
VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening HoursTue - Sun  11am - 7pm
Admissions4 € / concessions 2 € / members free

“Building Dwelling Thinking” – Martin Heidegger chose this list of activities as the title for a lecture held at the Darmstadt Symposium in 1951, and it would seem that the lack of punctuation was quite deliberate. It simultaneously conveys both a consecutive sequence and reciprocal concurrency. The three activities are more closely linked than merely in terms of the implicit chronology, in which one must necessarily happen before the other. Instead, the concepts seem to depend upon one another. The core of Heidegger’s presentation was the separation of dwelling from the pure sense of having accommodation. He emphasised the existential dimension of dwelling as a basic facet of human existence. As a consequence, building itself is more than just architectural construction: we create things and places that structure and accommodate our actions and behaviour. Concomitantly, they develop relationships, both among themselves and to the environment, opening up spaces for living and being in the world.The construction of a new residential space in a Heideggerian sense is one of the aims of “There’s no place like home” – the Westfälischer Kunstverein’s first exhibition in its new venue on Rothenburg. After a somewhat itinerant programme based at various venues across the city over the past four years, the Kunstverein now faces the challenge and unique opportunity of appropriating a new site and duly cultivating it as a space for living and thinking according to its own designs. Understandably, this process of moving in takes time, and so the Kunstverein and the artworks themselves gradually took phased possession of the new space. The newly installed works were presented on three nights before the opening as part of a series of artist talks. In this way, the exhibition has gradually expanded and provokes a different perception of space on a daily basis.The relationship between people and space, theorised not only by Heidegger, accrues great importance because it has always shaped the self-awareness and understanding of individual identity. One of the many different relationships between people and space is that which we commonly call ‘home’. The concept of home can no more be reduced to geographical or physical environments than can Heidegger’s idea of a space for dwelling. Home refers to something with which the individual can identify – indeed, even abstractions can represent a spiritual home.With its title “There’s no place like home”, the exhibition deliberately departs from that inherently German concept of Heimat. The intention here is precisely not to create a sentimental assessment of a given place or situation, but conversely, to reveal the diversity in the idea of a sense of belonging to a place. Eight international artists launch a critical appraisal of the concept home, questioning its appropriateness for the time and furthermore, to speculate upon the different types of relationships between people and places. In so doing, the title flirts stylistically with this feeling of home which is mostly defined in terms of nationality or region, while at the same time literally denying this very fixedness: There is NO place like home.The individual works in the exhibition address different aspects, consequences and potentials that arise from the nexus of ideas surrounding home, Heimat and belonging. Theresa Himmer examines her individual childhood memories of a place, which, due to specific political circumstances and when compared to her contemporaries, has etched itself into her identity in quite different ways. It becomes apparent that meaning is only assigned to places by individuals. Nanna Debois Buhl’s slide installation describes the reverse influence of a locality or an urban structure on an individual’s emotions. Jean-Pascal Flavien examines how a very specific architectural home can influence our actions and thinking, with the suggestion that we might perceive dwelling as a creative activity. By means of her work’s vivid illustration of the process of appropriating a specific site via personal belongings, Maria Loboda’s inherently moveable work continues the approach of the changing perception of space contained in the prologue to the exhibition. Christoph Westermeier has developed a work specifically for the Kunstverein that investigates the Association’s geographical, historical and cultural roots on the basis of its art collection. Benjamin Tiven’s project for the Kunstverein’s website also processes the Association’s local and temporal position via a system for the design of cultural monuments. Jeronimo Voss’ installation and Eric Baudelaire’s film postulate the notion that homelessness and abandonment of home do not necessarily have to be categorised as negative experiences, but can instead generate productive potential.By investigating a much more individual type of situatedness in the world that transcends notions of home and homeland, the artistic positions in “There’s no place like home” effectively question the productivity of concepts that fix us to a specific location.However, the secret protagonist of this exhibition is none other than the Kunstverein itself. Besides the appropriation and cultivation of new thinking and dwelling space described at the outset – which the first exhibition in the new building intends to achieve – “There’s no place like home” should also be understood as a diagnosis of Westfälischer Kunstverein’s duties, responsibilities and self-understanding. In what way does the Kunstverein relate to its origins? To what extent is its identity shaped by its immediate environment, and how can and should it be effective as a site? “There’s no place like home” also implicitly provides a kind of assessment of the Institution ‘Kunstverein’s’ overall position, which, however, should not be viewed literally, i.e. nationally or geographically any more than the concepts of Heimat or home. The order of the day must now be to maintain the productivity stemming from its previous, quite literal homelessness despite its new, fixed location.

List of artists
Eric Baudelaire (*1973, F/US)
Nanna Debois Buhl (*1975, DK)
Jean-Pascal Flavien (*1971, F)
Theresa Himmer (*1976, DK)
Maria Loboda (*1979, DE)
Benjamin Tiven (*1978, US)
Jeronimo Voss (*1981, DE)
Christoph Westermeier (*1984, DE)

Public Programme

Artist talks
Making a house a home takes time. Prior to the actual opening of the exhibition, the Kunstverein’s new space has been taken over step by step. Each day, another artwork has been installed and presented by the respective artist. During these three events, we have created an open and casual setting for conversations about different artistic approaches, as well as concepts of home, belonging and the ways in which a sense of place influences one’s identity.
Tuesday, 16 April at 7 pm
breathing house, sequences or phrases
Artist talk with Jean-Pascal Flavien

(in English)

Wednesday, April 17 at 4 pm
Forever Heimatlos
Artist talk with Jeronimo Voss

Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm
Double Itinerary
Artist talk with Nanna Debois Buhl and Theresa Himmer

(in English)

Admission free
Film series
Curated by Eric Baudelaire
In Cooperation with Flimclub Münster
Sunday, April 21 at 5 pm
Eric Baudelaire
"The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu,
Masao Adachi and 27 years without images",

2011, 66 min., Super8 and HD video
(English version)
Followed by an artist talk with Eric Baudelaire
(in English)
Wednesday, April 24 at 6 pm
Chris Marker
"One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich"

2000, 55 min. (English version)
Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm
Robert Kramer
"Walk the Walk"

2004, 114 min. (French version with German subtitles)
Sunday,  May 5 at 5 pm
Michelangelo Antonioni
"The Passenger"

1975, 121 min. (English undubbed version with German subtitles)
All screenings take place at Schloßtheater, Melcherstraße 81 in Münster.
More information: here
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm
Benjamin Tiven
„Paper Softens the Stone“

An artist’s talk on thearchitectural history of public monuments, as well as a presentation of Tiven’s work “The SUITCASE System” (2013) for the Kunstverein’s website. (in English)
The work „The SUITCASE System“ is >here<.
Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm
Raphael Smarzoch
„Home Sweet Home“

“Netzwerke des Häuslichen”
An associative search for traces in the householdof music and horror films.
(in German)
Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm
Eva Meyer

A glance at the interdependency of technical and personal media as well as their etymological embedding in an often spiritual genealogy.
(in German)
Guided tours with Kristina Scepanski
Friday, April 26 at 3 pm
Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm
Sunday, June 23 at 1 pm
Christoph Westermeier,
Das schielende Archiv, 2013,
Westfälischer Kunstverein,
View of installation,
Courtesy Galerie May Meyer, Düsseldorf
Photo: Thorsten Arendt

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