UPCOMING EXHIBITION: FOUNTAIN by Kriz Olbricht, Opening on May 03 at 19h   


KAISERWACHE


Artist-run space
Kaiser-Joseph-Straße 286,
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Germany

Open by appointment.


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The public restroom known to Freiburg’s residents as “Kaiserwache” was due to its central location in the city and its immediacy to the banks of the Dreisam a well-frequented building. With the final decommissioning of its original purpose the question arises as to what an alternative use of the heritage-protected building might look like. A question whose relevance will only increase, especially in view of the acute lack of space in Freiburg, despite many buildings being vacant. With this in mind, the "Kaiserwache" project is planning an interim use of the space, which intends to take this problem into account by presenting forward-looking artistic perspectives. There is much we have yet to understand about precisely how the public toilet functions as a bulwark of sex binarism, a tool of gender regulation, an apparatus of class subordination, a site of heteronormative policing, an ableist institution, a place of colonial administration, and a mechanism for the production of subalternity.
Rather than simply accommodating preexisting variations among us, the dispositif of the public toilet is co-constitutive of these regimes of inequality. For a particularly instructive example, think about how the standard facility disables the bodies that do not conform to the model of its generic user. A wide range of analytical apparatuses and conceptual lenses could be used to study this site making “Kaiserwache” a fertile ground for context-oriented artistic exploration. The public toilet is remarkable as a location from which to view the production of multiple social inequalities. Attending to the interaction of multiple axes of difference in such a site can, for example, enable us to disaggregate the experiences of a group like “women” along lines of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, and nation and, by the same token, to craft potentially coalitional models of political response. Continuing this review of possible analytics, the public-private distinction, at least when deployed in a non-dichotomous fashion, can arguably reveal some interesting aspects of the site. Among other reasons, this is because the contents and boundaries of what is configured as private and public are highly variable and remarkably fluid in the case of the public toilet.



UPCOMING


Kriz Olbricht
FOUNTAIN
May 03 - May 31, 2024

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Sanna Helena Berger
July 01 - August 11, 2024

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2024


Nina Rieben
average poems sound best at midnight
March 08 - April 14, 2024

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Jeremy Palluce & Marco Spitz
FIREPLACE
February 16 - February 29, 2024

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2023


Jana Slaby, Julius Martin-Humpert
SACRED SOIL
October 06 - November 05, 2023

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Guest:
Shaun Motsi, Danielle Arbid
Biennale für Freiburg 2, Das Lied der Straße
June 05 - July 30, 2023

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Lena Reckord, Judith Blodig, Emina Suljkanovic, Lilian Hengst, Elisa Peyker, Marcel Zetzsch (Macromedia University, Freiburg)
SEE ME, FEEL ME, TOUCH ME, HEAL ME
May 20 - June 01, 2023

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Andrea Lagos, Loreto Valenzuela
AWHISPEROFTHESTONES (Performance)
May 13, 2023

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Wanda Zimmermann, Arunik
untitled
April 15 - April 22, 2023

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Laurie Mlodzik
GENDER EXCRETIONS
March 11 - April 10, 2023

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2022


Samuel Georgy & Culture Cafe
LAZARUS ELNADY
October 29 - December 04, 2022

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avant garments
pop up stor3
August 26, 2022

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Lou Laserstein
Fotografien aus 2021 & 2022
June 27 - August 10, 2022

Paula Santomé
HUG ME BAREFOOT
May 27 - June 24, 2022

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2021


Guest:
Acimo / Achim Vogel Muranyi
8 Mallets II (Soundperformance)
October 9, 2021

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Guest:
Niklas Goldbach
Biennale für Freiburg
September 9 - October 24, 2021

BFF︎