is not a harmous grewn city, but a porous landscape, breathing out silence."
The margin offers a second perspective to this specific nature of the
architectural production. In opposition to architecture, the space of
the margin allows for a more direct idea of process, a continual one.
The physical remains are a ground of ephemeral traces, and offers simultaneity
of difference, stratified information that spaces of architectural development
are lacking in their exclusivity. In this respect, the margin functions
as the delayed catalyst of urban culture. This extra dimension to architectures
instrumentality enables us to understand the margin as a local recollection
of the other, a memorial testimony of tactical space. Occupied by whispering
narratives rather than visual representation, this continuity in space
and time is the enormous resource that marginal territories present today
as the ultimate buffer zone in the contemporary city.
The three partite video-installation shows a visual research on Berlin
(space), Brussels (time) and London (energy). It shows Berlin as a vacant
city, where spontaneous activities occur in the free spaces of the urban
landscape that serve as catalysts for experimentation. Brussels will be
shown in its temporal appearance of marginalized activities, to be found
in the citys dynamic everyday texture at specific times. In London,
where the existence of spontaneity is challenged by the density and spatial-economic
pressure of a complex urban field, overlapping uses and a diversity of
users will show how collective energies rule its appearance.
Berlinaside is a joint project by Kenny Cupers and Markus Miessen. They
have produced the publication Berlinaside - Spaces of Uncertainty
- which addresses the importance of spontaneous activities in the urban
landscape with Berlin as a case study. They are currently working on a
series of exhibitions throughout Europe with an emphasis on the urban
Kenny Cupers (1978) is a Belgian architect who has worked at Studio Daniel
Libeskind in Berlin. His main interests are situated in the intersection
of urban space and socio-cultural change, on which he writes on a freelance
basis. He is particularly captivated by the questions of resistance and
innovation in todays globalised territories.
Markus Miessen (1978) received his Bachelors degree in Architecture
from Glasgow School of Art, after which he worked at Studio Daniel Libeskind
in Berlin. He is currently studying at the Architectural Association (London)
and writes freelance on issues of public space and urban phenomenology,
with contributions to magazines such as Blueprint, Polis and Build..
Investigating forces that influence, generate and control the city, he
is interested in the significance of political, economic and social mechanisms
of change which challenge the large-scale formal move as the only option
of modification to the urban fabric.