Rootless Rocks and Drifting Stones

How to find answers for the questions about possibilities for living together in the present and future? The current social and political crisis is stirring up the liberal society, as do the global developments that affect our daily lives, demanding new categories of critical thinking and action. These changes also call for new ideas of co- habitation that are slowly replacing traditional notions of social constellations and ways of living. Furthermore new forms of social interactions are evolving, and new models of partnership are being established. That give the necessary call for new and more contemporary relationship concepts. The changing conditions of the private and political, the society and the individual demonstrate how social structures manifest themselves in our everyday lives and social situations. It also exposes a certain dependency that has taken place. How can opportunities for self-determination be provided? The fragile conditions of living together in terms of individual and social dimensions begin to crumble. The idea of the ‘house’ as a private sphere, separated from the world of production needs an experimental approach and a radical re- organisation towards new concepts for living, and towards more generic spaces. How to deal with the tension-ridden relationships between housing, architecture and social reality? Is it about time to minimise individual space and maximise collective space? Personal happiness and well-being can originate and find their expression in spaces that are not isolated from the ‘outside’ anymore, which in return require a collective structured decision making process.

Melissa Canbaz, 2017

published by Ani Schulze and Inga Danysz
with contributions by Olga Pedan, Melissa Canbaz, Carla Donauer, Sebastian Muehl, Inga Danysz & Ani Schulze
Graphic Design by Philipp Moeller & Benjamin Franzki, Frankfurt am Main

Melissa Canbaz (1986, Hannover, Germany) is a writer and curator based in Berlin. She graduated from the Masters of Research programme at the Glasgow School of Art (2013). Canbaz is a regular contributor to various publications, as well as artist’s books and catalogues. She is also editor of the interview magazine mono.kultur.

Inga Danysz (1990, Warsaw, Poland) is an artist based in Amsterdam and Frankfurt am Main. She studied at Cooper Union, New York and graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (2015). She is currently an artist-in-residence at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2015-17) and was awarded the Columbus Advancement Prize for Contemporary Art (2016).

Carla Donauer (1981, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is an independent curator, writer and art historian based in Cologne, where she is currently hosting the exhibition project HOSPITALITY. She was interim director of the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (2013) and curator at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (2014-15).

Sebastian Mühl (1981, Zwickau, Germany) studied philosophy and Media and Fine Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (2005-12). He is currently finishing his PhD on notions of utopia in contemporary art practices at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. Mühl is research assistant at HfG Offenbach where he works for the German Society for Aesthetics.

Olga Pedan (1988, Kharkov, Ukraine) is a Swedish artist based in Germany. She graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (2014). Her work spans various media, ranging from painting and costume making to installation, video and photography.

Ani Schulze (1982, Frankenberg, Germany) studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, the Glasgow School of Art, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and Kunstakademie Karlsruhe. She was selected for the Schloss Ringenberg Stipendium (2017) and completed residencies at AIR Antwerpen (2016), CEAAC, Strasbourg (2015) and at Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa, Venice (2013).

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