‘Seems professional’, is what Stephanie Greimel (1985) and Johanna Teresa Wallenborn (1989) hear a lot at their openings at LEHRTER SIEBZEHN, a temporary project space in Moabit, just behind the Hauptbahnhof. Only started in september 2013, they’ve managed to get a nice and interesting mixture of pop-up exhibitions going. Media-Art is their one true love, but Greimel and Wallenborn get well out of their comfort zone and present us installations like the ones from art collective Syć, as well as drawings and paintings.
|Installation from artist collective Syć @ Some youthless content|
The pop-up-strategy fits their space and purpose perfectly. The openings are the main event and attract a crowd. Afterwards you can visit the exhibition for a couple of days. Then it’s over. Like the space itself actually, which will be over in september 2014 when lofts will be realised there.
‘Shame’, I hear you think. May-be, but actually not. Greimel and Wallenborn consider themselves very lucky with their collab with this real-estate office. They made it possible for the curator-duo to start their own space, made it ready AND paid their basic expenses like electricity and water. Wallenborn and Greimels ambition is to explore this way of working further, when LERHTER SIEBZEHN is no more.
|Installation from Lisa Billerbeck @ Hiersein ist herrlich// A group exhibition|
There are several things I like about the space. For one the treasure-hunting feeling I get from knowing where it is, because it’s not in a place where you will stumble upon it. If the exhibition hits you right, it is a double win. Once you get to the hinterhaus and onto the third floor, you’ll find a big space with an unexpected view. In this way you can zoom in when you look at the exhibition and zoom out to reflect on what you saw when you look out of the windows.
In the future, the name LEHRTER SIEBZEHN will go of course, because of it’s connection to the location. Greimel and Wallenborn decided to go with the comment they heard most and which seems to fit best. So if you want to find events from this curator-duo after september 2014; Seems Professional is the way to search.
What will this seemingly easy way of gallery hosting bring? What are the long term goals and benefits of operating in temporary spaces with a pop-up strategy? I guess the answer is not so exciting and more practical: get experience, built up your name so you can do more long-term project, of the sort that you really want to do.
Check out the upcoming media art walk-in installation Bumm Bumm Ultraposition/ a Korinsky Solo Show, which focuses on vertical sound. Opening 25th of May at 7 pm.