Dorit Margreiter / Michel Auder / Michaela Eichwald

Dorit Margreiter / Michel Auder / Michaela Eichwald

European Kunsthalle

August 1, 2008

European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz #1

Dorit Margreiter
August 8 – 14, 2008
Opening, Fri 08/08/08, 7pm

Michel Auder
August 15 – 18, 2008
Opening, Fri 08/15/08, 7pm

Michaela Eichwald
August 22 – 28, 2008
Opening, Fri 08/22/08, 7pm

European Kunsthalle
European Kunsthalle
Ebertplatzpassage, Ladenlokal 3
50668 Cologne
T: +49 (0)221 56 96 140

F: +49 (0)221 56 96 142

European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz
August 8 – 28, 2008

“European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz” stands programmatically for a new phase of the European Kunsthalle, a project launched in 2005 as a Kunsthalle without a space of its own. Designed in the 1970s, the Cologne plaza Ebertplatz will serve as its new, temporary domicile. Starting from its office in the Ebertplatz shopping arcade, the European Kunsthalle will expand outwards over Ebertplatz with a spatial structure conceived by Vienna and Los Angeles-based artist Dorit Margreiter. “European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz #1″ is the start. In the window of its Ebertplatz office, the European Kunsthalle will be screening films, videos, and projections by Dorit Margreiter, Michel Auder and Michaela Eichwald.

The relationship between modern architecture, social conceptions of space and media representation is central to Dorit Margreiter’s installations, videos and films. In “10104 Angelo View Drive (Sequel)”, 2004, the late-modernist Sheats/Goldstein house by American architect John Lautner in Beverly Hills becomes a point of departure for Margreiter’s filmic investigation. With its unique technical aspects and mobile architectural elements, the spectacular building stands for the American middle-class dream of an ultra-modern L.A-lifestyle and was, as a “constructed nightmare”, the setting for numerous Hollywood productions.

Michael Auder’s videos can be described as intimate portraits of the New York art and glamour scene – most notably, that of Andy Warhol’s Factory milieu in his “Chelsea Girls” – as well some of its individual protagonists including Gary Indiana, Taylor Mead, Annie Sprinkle or Cindy Sherman: a filmic orchestration and documentation of the everyday allowing a glimpse into this scene, complete with filmic forays through New York and videos from Auder’s journeys to Bolivia and Morocco, among others.

Michaela Eichwald re-combines images, objects, texts, her own surroundings, reality and fiction into idiosyncratic recreations. Found materials and images with their own immanent histories become the point of departure for new stories that follow their own logic. Michael Eichwald has realized a new work for the front window of the European Kunsthalle office.

Curated by Astrid Wege, Anders Kreuger, Rike Frank
Project coordination: Regina Barunke

Thanks for support by:

City of Cologne / Kunststiftung NRW / 235 MEDIA, Cologne / Hotel Chelsea, Cologne

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