June 18, 2015, Berlin

Opening: Out of Tune – Katarzyna Krakowiak


Opening: 18.06.2015 // 7 - 9 p.m. // Polnisches Institut Berlin, Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin an der Museumsinsel
Exhibition: 19.06. - 14.08.2015 // Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. // Polnisches Institut Berlin

Architecture is out of tune. With this statement Polish artist Katarzyna Krakowiak makes a reference to concept of Junkspace by Rem Koolhaas. Koolhaas describes a seamless architecture, which spills around and builds our cities. Junkspace is the fall-out of modernization, the process of filling every gap with provisional structures which promote disorientation and consume landscape. 

The concept of Junkspace returns in the newest sound sculpture of Katarzyna Krakowiak presented in the Polish Institute. Here, in her first solo exhibition in Berlin, the artist understands Junkspace as architecture that is out of tune, a phenomenon which reflects a loss of ability to communicate in modern world.

For Krakowiak, the term Junkspace refers not only to the material architectural substance; sound is also treated by artist as a constitutive part of architecture. Out of Tune is an attempt to translate a concept of Junkspace into a field of acoustic experiences. This work, an effect of collaboration with sound designer Ralf Meinz, appears as a kind of wrong note which came into being in the process of overlapping two melody lines – the song of a bird and the artist’s singing. They are however not comprehensible anymore - since these two speeches are being drowned by each other, they lose their communicative function.

Katarzyna Krakowiak transposes the process of tuning again into the visual. In her installation she shows a test-prints which help to properly set the coordinate system in 3D-printers. This abstract patterns are a notation of axis to determine the positions in space and to tune the objects and their surroundings.

On 16.07.2015 at 7 p.m. as part of the exhibition a talk between Katarzyna Krakowiak and the curator Kurator Matthias Böttger takes place.

Architecture as a tune-up.

Katarzyna Krakowiak born in 1980, is a polish sculptor. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan from 2003 to 2006. In 2013, she defended her doctorial dissertation supervised by Miroslaw Balka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.  Katarzyna Krakowiak uses various media, especially sound and the world wide web, to explore the limits of architecture; she creates large-scale installations involving existing city buildings or structures. For the Polish Institute Berlin she will create a site specific Installation that enters into a dialogue with the local architecture.


Matthias Böttger (DAZ), Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk (Polnisches Institut Berlin)
In cooperation with Ralf Meinz, guest appearance Ulrike Helmholz
Curator: Matthias Böttger

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