Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Spatial Emotion in Art and Architecture

 

Every story is a travel story, a spatial practice. Narrative structures like our lives are spatial syntaxes, and their network contains a vertiginous multiplicity of spatial trajectories and metaphors. The present epoch has been proclaimed as the epoch of space; we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of near and far, of side-by-side, of dispersed. Connections and intersections are our everyday experience. Space seems to have appropriated us, and to have possessed and determined our psychophysical states of acting and being. Everything seems to be spatialised and space has become the dominant feature of daily life: in a prison space we are trapped between a torture chamber and pleasure-palace, between fascination and lament.

 

The exhibition takes as its point of departure three contexts in which space occupies a central position: Sigmund Freud’s notion of “das Unheimliche” and psychoanalytical elaboration of space and its emotion; Michel Foucault’s other spaces – heterotopias and their counter-site qualities of socio-political implications; and Walter Benjamin’s outmoded and repressed space with all its auratic traces (fake or authentic) of philosophical and historic charge.

 

“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” aims to exploit the psychological associations of space with its multiplicity of emotional overtones, mapping its extremes and its psychic environment. Focusing on spatial pathologies (agoraphobia, vertigo, claustrophobia...), the exhibition identifies space as a cause of mental disorder, fear or estrangement, ultimate trauma. Hysteria, panic and neurosis overlap with other spatial stories of psychic unrest and unease: distortions and perversions (warped space); anxiety and enigmas (haunted space); spatial inconvenience and discomfort, perfectly domestic and yet alienating; space half-spoken, half-pronounced: a promise, a puzzle, a magic spell, temptation.

 

Curated by Adam Budak and Heike Munder

List of works

Knut Harald Aasdam: Psychasthenia 10 Series 2

Knut Harald Aasdam

Psychasthenia 10 Series 2
2001
Dia projection, curtain, mounting

Aziz & Cucher: Passage

Aziz & Cucher

Passage
2002
Single-channel video projection (color, loop)

Monica Bonvicini: Stonewall

Monica Bonvicini

Stonewall
2002
Galvanized steel tubes, chain, bulletproof glass

Christoph Büchel: Close Encounters

Christoph Büchel

Close Encounters
2002/2003
Container, furniture, various materials
Dimensions variable

James Casebere: Tall Stack of Beds

James Casebere

Tall Stack of Beds
1997
C-print mounted on aluminium
305 x 246 cm

James Casebere: Cell with Rubble

James Casebere

Cell with Rubble
unknown
C-print mounted to aluminium

James Casebere: Nine Alcoves

James Casebere

Nine Alcoves
unknown
C-print mounted on aluminium
305 x 246 cm

Jan Dibbets: Saenredam InK Zürich

Jan Dibbets

Saenredam InK Zürich
1978–1979
Pencil, b/w photograph collage on paper
3 parts: 2 parts each ca. 145 x 300 cm; 1 part 73 x 73 cm

Décosterd & Rahm: ND CULT

Décosterd & Rahm

ND CULT
2003
Perspex cube, nitrogen gas cylinder, curtain, CD
300 x 117 x 122 cm

Urs Fischer: Glaskatzensex – Transparent Tale

Urs Fischer

Glaskatzensex – Transparent Tale
2000
Wood, chip board, silicon, glass, latex, acrylic, felt-tip pens, spotlight
Ca. 160 x 560 x 600 cm

Hans-Ruedi Giger: Aleph

Hans-Ruedi Giger

Aleph
1972
Ink on paper, wood

Hans-Ruedi Giger: Chiquita

Hans-Ruedi Giger

Chiquita
1972
Ink on paper, wood

Hans-Ruedi Giger: Superstar

Hans-Ruedi Giger

Superstar
1972
Ink on paper, wood

Katarzyna Jozefowicz: Cities

Katarzyna Jozefowicz

Cities
1989 - 1992
Paper
17 parts, each 52 x 170 x 50 cm

Anish Kapoor: Untitled

Anish Kapoor

Untitled
2002
Fiberglass
275.5 x 276 x 170 cm

Gordon Matta-Clark: Substrait

Gordon Matta-Clark

Substrait
1976
16 mm film (b/w, color)
30 min.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Bingo / Ninths

Gordon Matta-Clark

Bingo / Ninths
1974
Single-channel video (Super 8 transferred on video)
9:40 min.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Splitting

Gordon Matta-Clark

Splitting
1974
Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, color)
10:50 min.

Matthias Müller: Vacancy

Matthias Müller

Vacancy
1998
Single-channel video on monitor
14:30 min.

Matthias Müller: Pensao Globo

Matthias Müller

Pensao Globo
1997
Single-channel video on monitor (color)
15 min.

Paul Noble: Nobnest Zed

Paul Noble

Nobnest Zed
2002
Wall paper made of Nest magazine
Dimensions variable

Markus Schinwald: Dictio Pii

Markus Schinwald

Dictio Pii
2001
Single-channel video (35 mm film transferred to DVD)
16 min.

Monika Sosnowska: Door

Monika Sosnowska

Door
2003
Wood

Stephen Willats: Variations on Four Relationships

Stephen Willats

Variations on Four Relationships
1991
Photo prints, gouache, ink

Stephen Willats

Every Day and Every Night
1984
Photo prints, gouache, ink, baton, boots

Stephen Willats: Learning to Live within a Confined Space

Stephen Willats

Learning to Live within a Confined Space
1978
Collage (gouache, b/w photographs) on photographic paper
4 parts: each 132 x 100 cm

Stephen Willats

The Compartmentalised Cliff
1977
Photo prints, gouache, ink

Jane Wilson Jane and Louise: Star City

Jane Wilson Jane and Louise

Star City
2000
4-channel videoinstallation
8:35 min.

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