Apr 25 - Apr 29 2011
Chairs of Berlin

Hartell Gallery
Closing reception: April 29, 5-7PM

The result of a yearlong collaboration between Stephanie DeGooyer and Maegan Magathan, "Chairs of Berlin" presents hundreds of snapshots of chairs taken on the streets of Berlin using disposable cameras with expired film. Arranged according to the grid of a tourist's map, these photographs are accompanied by a footnote containing personal notes (some pertaining to the collaborators’ own frustrated attempts to capture the significance of their work) and fragments from interviews conducted with artists, architects, designers, flea-market vendors and historians. Using technology on the verge of obsolescence to underscore an object with unknown provenance and an uncertain future, this project both insists on and unsettles its archival effort to trace the historicity of an everyday article. In chairs, we find a clutter of competing visions and possibilities.

“We seek the absolute everywhere, and only ever find things” – Novalis

Generous funding and support for this project is provided by the Cornell Council for the Arts, Department of Architecture, German Studies, Institute for German Cultural Studies, and Professor Matthias Ballestrem. Special thanks to Gabriel Gerlinger, our collaborator in Berlin. Thanks also to Paul Flaig for assistance with translation.