Built on Promises

The collaboration of Matthias Ballestrem and Anton Burdakov for Program Gallery tests the boundaries between architecture and other fields.

On first sight, "Built on Promises" gives an impression similar to that which you might get if you had just entered a show that was already finished, where the institution had started to dismantle the exhibition, or perhaps, if you had just walked out onto the empty stage set of a play.

The exhibition walls that serve as parts of the installation are stacked against the wall of the building, or on the floor. The photographs that are spread throughout the space, on the walls and on the component parts of the installation, are documents of that initial installation, depicting the model and the actual process of installation – elements that would not otherwise be visible to the visitor. The visitor sees the show through the eyes of the photographer. The photograph creates a relationship between past and present, by freezing a single reflection in time.

The project is a collaboration between the architect Matthias Ballestrem and the artist Anton Burdakov for Program – a space in Berlin that tests the disciplinary boundaries of architecture through a number of collaborations with different fields. The show "Built on Promises" questions the relation and/or the distance between the experience and the image. "How does the world of the sensible transmute into the second dimension?"

It allows us to think about perception, about what is real and what is image, by showing the documentation of a ("secondary") show that was only made for the purpose of enabling the actual show – a show designed to explore the memory of an exhibition. Angelique Campens
Anton Burdakov (1982, Kiev) is an artist based in Berlin. He first studied neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and after finishing his degree, he held a Levy-Plumb artist residency at Christ's College, Cambridge. His work focuses on the communicative potential of places and situations, explored through light and spatial interventions. He has been involved in many art-and-science collaborations and has exhibited in Germany and the UK, including at the annual congress of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences in Liverpool (2008), and at SecondHome Projects in Berlin (2010).

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