«Drop City Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» is a living and working environment which intends to traverse different rhythms of showing and engaging with art. Interspersed between life and work commitments and appearing on an occasional basis, the programme will set works against an accumulative backdrop of permanent installations, living and working situations and an evolving personal collection of chosen objects and artworks, each accordingly providing a different temporal experience, intensity and interaction.
The programme will stimulate conversation around concepts of hospitality and how we live today: Lierenfelder Str. 39 is a base: a place to return to, reflect and reorient - a support structure for the onward journey. Lierenfelder Str. 39 is also a home, a place for manifesting one’s relation to others through hospitality. The globalised world offers us increased opportunity through networked mobility and flexible or remote working patterns, however this situation is primarily supported through an acceptance of a precarious existence and life-work balance. Now more than ever we are aware of the distances between friends and the necessity to touch base both with those that we love and meet through the mobility afforded through artistic working. The intimate network of peers spread and dispersed across different cities, regions and countries, accumulated during prolonged and ongoing periods of transition is becoming the foundation for a new kind of artistic programming - one built more from relationships and friendships between like-minded people from localised parts of the globe rather than from a particular thematic enquiry. Lierenfelder Str. 39 will foster and galvanise these encounters by providing an intimate and meaningful space for both living and working.
The programme builds upon «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» — 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, «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» 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 and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and crossed national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience ranging from handmade plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a permanent attic suite for hotel guests by hobbypopMUSEUM.
The announcement of each event at «Drop City, Düsseldorf» will be made with a limited-run postcard depicting a different 'fantastic flower' by Matthias Lahme.
Preview / Vernissage 31 August 18—22uhr
Magdalena Kita, Sophie Macpherson, Eleanor Wright
Launching on 31. August, «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» will present the first in a series of artworks, events and exhibitions in its new space: three commissioned curtains by the artists Magdalena Kita, Sophie Macpherson and Eleanor Wright.
The upcoming programme,«Drop City Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» is a living and working environment which intends to traverse different rhythms of showing and engaging with art. Interspersed between life and work commitments and appearing on an occasional basis, the programme will set works against an accumulative backdrop of permanent installations, living and working situations and an evolving personal collection of chosen objects and artworks, each accordingly providing a different temporal experience, intensity and interaction.
The invitation to Kita, Macpherson and Wright to each create a curtain was conceived as a site-specific response to the new Düsseldorf location of Drop City – a live/work space which is home to Drop City co-founders artist Eleanor Wright and exhibition maker and Designer Sam Watson within in a light-industry property at Lierenfelder Strasse 39. The curtains will be shown in their own right whilst also used to create a physical framework for the public programme. The curtains serve to frame the other pieces on display and things that the inhabitants live and work with daily, playing on a long-standing assumption that décor is only ever an accessory. Lierenfelder Strasse 39 is not an exhibition space as such but, rather, plays host to numerous events and occurrences that typify both Drop City’s and Wright & Watson’s social approach to the production and presentation of art.