In conversation with places. Site-responsiveness and the private.

Fanny Hauser
Fine Arts and Media Art, Sculpture and Space
2021S, Vorlesung und √úbungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03687


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung ist die Umsetzung einer Klassenausstellung der Klasse Skulptur und Raum, die im Mai 2021 eröffnen wird. Eine Anmeldung ist leider nur für Studierende der Klasse Skulptur und Raum möglich. 


“Artists talk a lot about 'space' and what they want to do with it: activate it, respond to it, make it, occupy it, fill it, work with it, use it, choreograph it, read it, explore it. The word is regularly used in titles for works and exhibitions, and as part of the names of collectives, preceded by various adjectives: inner, minus, deep, private, public, infinite.

I don’t like the term 'space' because it implies something empty, neutral, and ahistoric — I don’t think such a thing exists. I prefer the word 'place.' 'Place' comes with an address, a neighborhood, furniture, the cost of rent, rules, previous owners, street noise, cracks in the wall, ghosts.

I also don’t like the term 'site-specific' because it implies that there are moments when something is not that. I like 'site-responsive': that a site is there doing its thing, and one can respond to it. It implies conversation. The responses pile up, are different from each other, cling, and haunt.

'Respond' comes from the Latin respondere: re meaning 'back' and spondere meaning 'to pledge.' Like the site has pledged something to you, which you are now promising to return.”


(Johanna Hedva, Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain, 2020, p. 4.)


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