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© Wolfgang Günzel / Portikus

Lecture by Sanford Kwinter

In 2007, Portikus, an exhibition space in Frankfurt, presented “Ben van Berkel & the Theatre of Immanence”, a combined exhibition and architectural installation wherein different parts were synthesized into a complete whole. We developed a projection work, “On Things Off Things On”, that elaborated on the installation by dynamically embellishing it with moving images which activated its surfaces.

The exhibition presented a theater or communication space between the visitors and the exhibited works, the virtual and the real, and the visitors in the gallery and the different parts of the exhibition.

© Jürgen Zeller

The architectural installation was designed by Ben van Berkel together with Johan Bettum and Luis Etchegorry and consisted of an upper level, which served as a type of theater, and a lower level, a more traditional exhibition space. The two levels were separated by a volumetric surface, which was perforated by open holes to visually and audibly connect the two areas.

The installation also served as a hub for various events including lectures, art-performances, talks with invited guests, and broadcasts of DJ-sessions.

The projection work, “On Things Off Things On”, is a case study in augmented architecture. It is an attempt to create a reactive surface of extraordinary spatial complexity.

© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller
© Jürgen Zeller

Behind the scenes

© Luis Etchegorry
© Luis Etchegorry
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Sebastian Oschatz, Philipp Steinweber, Katharina Mayrhofer, Jannis Kreft, Sascha Hanßen, Benjamin Baum, David Dessens, Rainer Binder, Max Wolf