Exhibition Display

Design of the exhibition architecture by Office for Cognitive Urbanism (Andreas Spiegl, Christof Schlegel, Christian Teckert), Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2000

A COLLABORATION WITH: Office for Cognitive Urbanism


The exhibition project Screenclimbing by the Office for Cognitive Urbanism at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2000, addresses the influence of mediated and virtual city-constructions on identity- and body-conceptions. Find out more here.



The Office for Cognitive Urbanism spatialized the arguments of the exhibition along a specific dramaturgy. Central thereby was the conception of an exhibition architecture, which was to obtain this dramaturgy along a pre-defined path through the exhibition and offer at the same time the possibility of being able to perceive the different artistic articulations next to each other and in their relationships to each other. The use of a semitransparent, textile material supported the unfolding of a further argument: The continuous conversion of an element, which can be read as „screen “or canvas, into architectural material and in the long run into an encroachable stage as theatrical environment.

The way through the exhibition led from a classical exhibition situation (White Cube) and its reflection to a quasi cinematic situation (screen) into a quasi-theatrical situation (stage), which enveloped and framed the bodies of the visitors. In order to mediate the arguments of the exhibition the Office for Cognitive Urbanism developed specific situations on the route, which marked different perspectives. These situations were based on recorded dialogues, which articulated discoursive ambivalences of a certain problem and also included specifically collected and edited videos, pictorial material from urban space as well as from films and television.


The project is published in Prospekt.