In-Between is a quarterly exhibition series curated by Lukas Feireiss for ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory. The series brings together artistic positions that critically explore spatial discourses in contemporary visual culture – ranging from architecture and installation, to photography and film, painting and illustration. It examines the influential strength of architecture and the built environment on the arts and investigates how built forms are being used and misused, thereby distending and extending space, and potentially offering alternatives to the autonomous presumptions of architecture.
After „Incertitudes“ and „Infinities“, the third part of the series, 'Ideals’, is dedicated to the artistic exploration of architecture and city planning as media for communicating political ideals throughout past and present. The intimate interdependence between architecture, power and politics lies at the heart of the exhibited projects. Images from the series „Città Ideale“ by Dutch photographer Rubén Dario Kleimeer discuss rapid urbanization processes in contemporary China by way of example of Shanghai’s Chongming Island. Berlin-based artist Raul Walch questions labor conditions at prominent building projects such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Sa’adiyat Island („Island of Happiness) in the United Arab Emirates, while Danish artist Marie Rømer Westh presents her 3-channel video installation „Sabaudia - Redefining Utopia“, which poetically reflects on Sabaudia, a 1934 fascist model town south of Rome, Italy.
Rubén Dario Kleimeer
Rubén Dario Kleimeer is a Rotterdam based artist who photographs the urban landscape and the public realm. With the approach of an urban ethnographer, a researcher of spatial and social contexts, he explores the built environment in which we live, work and dwell. He studied interior architecture and fine arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, followed by a Master in Photography at AKV St.Joost Breda.
Berlin-based artist Raul Walch works primarily in the field of sculpture and performance. After studying sculpture at the KHB Weissensee he was a student at the UdK at the class of Prof. Olafur Eliasson. With a playful and humorous approach, he critically examines his surroundings. His non-repetitive work is in direct connection to the immediate environment
and often involves and challenges the viewer physically in the artistic process.
Marie Rømer Westh
Danish artist Marie Rømer Westh lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. Always led by an overall interest in the dynamics between the individual and the societal structures she works in the fields of installation, sculpture, photography, and video. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Prior to this she studied Art History at the University of Copenhagen and after graduation she joined postgraduate studies at the Danish Film School.