The participants of this course will use fine-art photography to approach the International Building Exhibition in Berlin (IBA 87), explore its concepts and ideas, and implement them artistically. Our focus will lie on a perception-expanding approach as well as on the implementation and presentation of fine-art photography.
The IBA 87 was an architecture exhibition and urban planning concept of the Berlin Senate to regain the West Berlin city center as a residential location. Critical reconstruction, careful urban renewal, ecology, mediation between cultures and social housing were their maxims. More than 30 years later, their concept seems to be unimaginable in today's Berlin. Affordable housing and social approaches can hardly be found.
Together, we will visit various buildings around the former Checkpoint Charlie area, Südliche Friedrichstadt and Lützowplatz crossing, which were built by well-known architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Hermann Hertzberger, Peter Eisenman, Aldo Rossi, Raimund Abraham, John Hejduk, Mario Botta, Michael Graves, Peter Cook, Charles Moore, etc.
We understand architecture as postmodern material and use it to photographically explore the legacy of the IBA 87 and the Berlin of today. In terms of content, it's not only about the search for traces and the image of the city shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also about the supposed ugly/beautiful-relationship that polarizes in the buildings.
Documentary approaches, as well as a free approach to formal language, borderline situations or decay, should play a role in the implementation.
Our aim is a perception-expanding approach as well as an artistic photographic implementation and its presentation.
Please bring your own camera.
Day 1: Lectures and city walk
Day 2: Photographic practice
Day 3: Presentation and exhibition
Stephanie Kloss, born in Karlsruhe, lives and works as a visual artist in Berlin. She studied Architecture at the Berlin Technical University, and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design under Marie-Jo Lafontaine and Günther Förg, as well as Photography under Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer. Stephanie Kloss’s photographic works deal with sociological, political, and spatial phenomena. She had many solo exhibitions and was part of numerous group exhibitions as well. Along with her artistic work, she teaches extracurricular studies at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, curates shows and writes articles for various art magazines.