Phase 1: Enabling Space Phase 2: Trans-Actions Phase 3: Besides Reproduction

nOffice (Markus Miessen, Ralf Pflugfelder, Magnus Nilsson),
Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg

»Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote« is a three-phase exhibition that presents different artistic positions on the subject of art and the market. The first of these »demanding supplies« takes its point of departure from the spatial givens of the exhibition site and questions how the conditions of display predetermine art's tension-fraught relationship to its market. With a series of artistic interventions into the exhibition space of Kunstraum of University of Lüneburg, the »Space Enablers,« nOffice (Markus Miessen, Ralf Pflugfelder, Magnus Nilsson) draw the visitors’ attention directly to the specific functions of presentation: storefront windows, shelving units, lighting effects – techniques an art exhibition shares with the display of ordinary commodities, including the seeming invisibility of these means. But how do exhibition architecture and spatial design concepts actually affect our perception of art – do they even generate the »distinctions« between art and life?

Markus Miessen (nOffice) and Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London) pursued these questions in a public discussion kick-starting »Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote« at the opening of this exhibition. In conjunction, the outlining of two strands of research that will be intertwined in subsequent phases – the scientific art-market discourse and the relations between the global and the regional level of the art field – were presented as the beginning of a continuing inquiry into processes of valorization and commodification in contemporary art. Christoph Behnke presented a lecture on the relations of art, capital and the market from a historical point of view. Last but not least a new art prize, the »Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art,« that aims at stimulating the discourse on the art market, particularly with regard to its pending interrelation with the regional level, was launched by Cornelia Kastelan. Art historian Barbara Uppenkamp (University of Hamburg) introduced the Renaissance artist Daniel Frese (1570-1611), who had worked for about 30 years as a versatile and innovative artist in Lüneburg.

nOffice and its three partners Markus Miessen, Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder, who redesigned the Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, are a group based in Berlin and London. Situated on the crossroads of critical spatial design, architecture, urban intervention and the art world, nOffice have been accumulating knowledge about the conceptualization and implementation of archives, libraries, gallery spaces, cultural centers and the typology of the »hub.« nOffice have been specializing in the development of heterotypologies. Their recent projects for Gwangju Biennial, 0047, Manifesta 8, Performa 09, ASAP, Archive Kabinett, and the longer term Hans Ulrich Obrist Archive are bastard typologies: productive spatial constructs that overlap, dissect, and conflictually flatten several usually distinct programs into one. nOffice believe that hybrids rather than pedigrees are pushing the idea of the heterogeneous space, something like an »interior city.«

— Julia Moritz

Curated by Julia Moritz in cooperation with Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg

10 – 25 May 2011

07 May 2011, 5 pm
Opening, artist talk and launch of the »Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art«

nOffice (Berlin / London), Dr. Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr. Barbara Uppenkamp (University of Hamburg)

Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Campus Hall 25
Scharnhorststrasse 1, D-21335 Lüneburg

Opening hours: Tues – Thurs, Sat, 2 – 6pm

The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the federal state of Lower Saxony.