(UN)BEHAUST – of houses and cities

September 3 to October 2, 2016

Am I not the refugee? The homeless? (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

This quotation from Goethe's Faust I describes an attitude to life that found its essential expression in literature and philosophy in the 20th century. Especially in the real world, the feeling of “being unhoused” manifests itself not least as a result of the destruction of the war, the expulsion and the fundamental insecurity about the values of Western culture and civilization. The trigger for the exhibition idea was the show, which was successfully organized last year in the Atelierhaus Darmstadt with the title “Heimat”. With (UN)BEHAUST – of houses and cities is now a continuation of this theme series. The project is curated by Georg Schrabeck, artist, supported by Julia Reichelt, curator of the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt.

In the globalized world of capitalism, metaphysical and existential homelessness gains new relevance. Anonymous and inhospitable big cities, the lack of affordable housing, rising homelessness, the up-to-the-minute problem of refugees add new aspects to this buzzword about man's homelessness. In view of the growing feeling of “homelessness”, the house and the city are questioned as real spaces for the “manure” of man.

A total of twenty artists from Berlin to Vienna deal with the lack of home feelings on the one hand, and on the other hand with the very specific lack of feeling at home, the lack of a roof over their heads and housing shortages. Various artistic positions and techniques are represented – photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video. The exhibition project will be rounded off by a reading, guided tours and film.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog for the price of 5 euros.

An exhibition of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt and Atelierhaus Darmstadt.

Winfried Baumann, Nürnberg

Renate Behla, Düsseldorf

Heinz Birg, München

Zygmunt Blazejewski, Darmstadt

Ute Döring, Darmstadt

Vera Fles-Schönegge, Darmstadt

Johanna Folkmann, Wien

Hiltrud Gauf, Köln

Verena Guther, Darmstadt

Stefan Hoenerloh, Berlin

Lukas Ilgner, Wien

Jaró, Darmstadt

Ki Youn Kim, Saarbrücken

Andrea Klinger, Darmstadt

Bernhard Meyer, Darmstadt

Florian Mehnert, Niederweiler

Brigitte Satori Constantinescu, Darmstadt

Georg Schrabeck, Darmstadt

Michaela Schrabeck, Darmstadt

Mira Schumann, Dortmund

Sa., 2016/09/03, 6 p.m.

Welcome to the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt, Hochschulstraße 1, with Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch and Laudator Julia Reichelt (Curator Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt).

Sa., 2016/09/03, 7:30 p.m.

Vernissage in the Atelierhaus Darmstadt, Riedeselstraße 15, near Tartes, wine and artist talks with Laudator Roland Held.

We., 2016/09/14, 6 p.m.

Witness conversation in the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt with Leslie Schwartz “Surviving to Auschwitz”.

Su., 2016/09/18, 5 p.m.

Guided tour in the Atelierhaus Darmstadt with Georg Schrabeck (Curator Atelierhaus Darmstadt).

Su., 2016/09/18 6 p.m.

Reading in Atelierhaus Darmstadt with Anja Trieschmann “Ein Plätzchen mit Milchkaffee – Lebenskunst auf Rädern” (en.: “A Cookie with Milk Coffee – Life Art on Wheels”).

Tu., 2016/09/20, 6 p.m.

Guided tour in the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt with Julia Reichelt (Curator Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt).

Tu., 2016/09/20, 6:30 p.m.

In the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt, Christian Gropper gives an insight into his current filming in the Iraqi Kurdistan “Behind the Fronts”.