Taking place between January – August 2016 within and throughout the Hotel «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» presents a collection of exhibitions, single works and events by artists from across Europe within a private/public setting.
From newly commissioned works, focused on everyday micro-narratives, to live events and exhibitions «Drop City, Düsseldorf» attempts to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looks to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
Reflecting on the context of the setting within Hotel Ufer means examining the role of a gallery programme: a diverse body of work that includes film, video, sound, drawing, installation, painting, and sculpture, but also writing, performance, even functional objects, that are able to speak on a wide range of subjects to a wide range of people. In addition to this variety of languages and techniques, each of the programmes’ projects must also be analysed from a broader perspective to include the context and modes of production being employed, and starting, at least conceptually, from the many conversations and interactions with those people the works and artists within the programme encounter. It is on these forms of participatory synergy that the very existence of Drop City’s programme is founded.
Drop City, Düsseldorf
at Hotel Ufer
Katie Schwab’s practice is concerned with exploring the politics of domestic and educational space. She is interested in how the design, production, furnishing and usage of homes, workshops and classrooms can prompt questions around social ideals, economic values and issues of gender and labour. This is explored in her work by combining elements of her personal history with references to histories of domestic design, craft education and housing.
Katie’s works take the form of embroidered and woven textiles, ceramic tableware, functional furniture and videos, which are often grouped together in installations. Her works draw on the bright colours, bold shapes and abstract forms of twentieth-century design, and incorporate methods of making that embrace contemporary technology, traditional craft processes and small-batch production.
Drawing on her interest in forms of communal living and working, Katie has created a collection of plates for the breakfast room at Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf.
The hand-made, glazed stoneware plates are available in a limited edition of 30, each unique and measuring between 24-26cm
For further information and images of each plate design available, please contact Drop City via e-mail
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