25 May - 21 August 2016


GOOD SPACE — Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces


Opening: Wednesday, 25 May, 7 pm



With an exhibition entitled GOOD SPACE - Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces presented in the Villa Merkel, the Bahnwärterhaus, and the Merkel Park, the Galerien der Stadt Esslingen is investigating various aspects of public spaces, including ones that are actually constructed, set up in digital networks, or rendered concrete as the results of research. The exhibition takes up perspectives of contemporary art, architecture, and science. The focus is on unused potentials, on opportunities and new paths in accordance with the motto: “Let us give the future a home in public spaces!”


GOOD SPACE illuminates such current issues as how, in view of limited resources, the future can be shaped and social life can be successful. The architecture of informational structures is examined as well as questions of surveillance and invisibility in digital space. There is a vivid presentation of how the study of the evolutionary processes of plants can give rise to future-relevant methods in the areas of bio-design or urban ecology....







PNAT<br/>Jellyfish Barge, EXPO Milan, 2015

Jasper Niens<br/>510, 2016<br/>Entwurf einer begehbaren Skulptur

Stephen Willats<br/>Data Stream Portrait of New York, 2011<br/>Free standing wall installation<br/>Courtesy the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Binelde Hyrcan<br/>APNEIA, Still, 2012<br/>HD Video

Hito Steyerl<br/>HOW NOT TO BE SEEN: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File, Still, 2013<br/>Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, © the artist

Martin Creed <br/>Work No. 1701, Still, 2013 <br/>Copyright Martin Creed, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth









A cabinet display within the exhibition is entitled EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s. It was first curated for the ICA in London by Juliette Desorgues and is now making a guest appearance at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen.


GOOD SPACE – – Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces, this year's edition of Crossing Media, is accompanied by a rich array of lectures, workshops, and even concerts. A direct bridge into the city is established by an outreach program of exploratory walks that make it possible to experience the city in a special way.


GOOD SPACE presents works and projects by Los Carpinteros (CU), Martin Creed (GB), Binelde Hyrcan (AO), Jasper Niens (NL), Jon Rafman (CA), Hito Steyerl (DE), Ryan Trecartin (USA), Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud (CH), Stephen Willats (GB), PNAT (IT), and raumlaborberlin (DE), SAM ARKA (DE), as well as EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTUR (AUT/GB), a cabinet display within the exhibition.


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