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
Preview, Saturday 2 July, 19.30hr
Francesco Pedraglio is an artist working with writing, performance, film and installation.
Pedraglio is interested in storytelling as a tool to decode intimate encounters with both mundane and historically complex situations. He looks at how the process of narrating and staging – oneself, or a situation – influences the relationship between teller and listener, making visible the fantasies and fictions that constitute our reality.
The starting point of Pedraglio’s work – being performance, sculpture, prints, films – is writing. A curious detail, an overheard rumour, a banal incident, anything could spark some telling. And it’s in the movement from written text to live action, from live action to staged situation that the exploration of language, fiction and reality-making occurs.
In A Sound Cooperation, the sound piece and window drawing presented for the dining area of the Hotel Ufer, a series of reflections around the idea of ‘display’ are transformed into an abstract dialogue between two characters. Through the description of generic scenarios, a man and a woman cary out a fragmented storyboard that makes use of the space, the view from the window and the street life as, respectively, the location, the storyline and the actors for a potential performance.
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