In 2016 a programme of artist made objects, exhibitions, installations and performances took place throughout the private/public spaces of Hotel Ufer on Gartenstrasse. Invited by hotelier René Tilgier, the programme explored the key resource for hospitality: the sharing of space. The programme brought together artists from the city and abroad and experimented with key prevalent principles around exhibition making, duration, glocalism, and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience including handmade ceramic plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a newly renovated permanent 3-bedroom suite by hobbypopMUSEUM.
«Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» attempted to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looked to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
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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