PROTEST / ARCHITECTUREBarricades, Camps, Superglue
Photo: Tim Wagner, 2019
September 16, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Protests have to be disruptive to be effective. When these disruptions move into public space and take root there, blockading, defending, or seizing these spaces, they produce protest architecture.
Intricately detailed models fabricated at the Technical University of Munich and the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (Prof. Andreas Kretzer) depict a broad range of protest camps, from Resurrection City in 1968 through to the Lobau-bleibt movement of 2021/22. Forty “ground-based structures” from Lützerath, mostly pile structures, were documented by Rokas Wille (HfG Karlsruhe) by way of models made of photographic paper, while director Oliver Hardt produced a film installation for the exhibition. In coordination with activists, a suspension bridge from the Hambach Forest was able to be secured as an exhibit. The hanging model of Barrio Beechtown by artist Stephan Mörsch also shows the Hambach Forest occupation. The exhibition architecture of the show at DAM Ostend, whose exhibition spaces have recently been expanded by some 1,000 square meters, was carried out by Something Fantastic.
An exhibition of the DAM – Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna
Curator in charge: Oliver Elser, DAM
Curatorial assistance and research: Anna-Maria Mayerhofer
Scientific trainee: Jennifer Dyck
Editing and catalogue management: Miriam Kremser
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Sub-project on education in collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation
Guided tours of the exhibition with Yorck Förster always take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.