This series ofPavillon 27 interactions and performances were made in response to an invitation from the Kunstverein, and the notion aberrant urban space.The process began in the field with adetailed study of the Kunstverein environs, this was followed by a series of longer processeswhich, eventually re-purposed the site. Findings were then woven into actions and performances, and presented publicly.
The site: the Kunstverein occupies a space within the last standing structure of a central Milchhof. Surrounded by train lines and a busy road it was anindustrial island within the city. Today this island is a model business park and home to the commercial interests of Mercedes Benz and Deutsche Telecom, alongside a variegated list of lifestyle, creative, I.T., finance, and design companies.
The study: Pavilion 27 stepped onto this island and into a physical space between thehistorical, the present, and future. Moving out from the Kunstverein,between and through the various enterprises, down streets without actualnames Pav27 explored the quasi-public spaces of this site. In part theapproach was suggested via a singular means of locomotion: roads dedicated to the private automobile were walked on foot.
The process: the gutter marks the edge of the road, it’s a term also for the space on a page between frames in a comic book. Morebroadly it can be described as an unknown and active space between more formalstructures. The gutter is a limbo in which the participant becomes a silent collaborator,where time and space are compressed in the mind. A place for decision making indicated by an absence which is open to interpretation.
The presentation: stones lifted from the site were marked with logos and became 3D point maps for navigation. At the Kunstverein, these objects took the role of artefacts where they were presented to members of the public as part of a performance. The artefacts became a material invitation and guide tore-enact the experience of the walk. Participants – stones in hand – moved freely navigating toward their objective in the twilight.