A chair is still a chair even when there is no one sitting there. But a chair is not a house and a house is not a home when there is no one there to hold you tight
Dionne Warwick – A House is Not a Home
From June to September 2020, the international and trans-disciplinary platform K transformed Lothringer 13 Halle, a Kunsthalle run by the city of Munich, into a domestic setting which was at once usable and simulated. Here, models and practices of living together could be tested from an artistic perspective. Over 40 local and international artists and researchers followed the invitation to translate their approach to collective life into experiential formats during three activation periods over the course of several days. The transforming exhibition setup with its custom-made furniture hosted lectures and performances. Practical skills were shared in workshops and tried out together. Different hosts invited guests and participants to dinner. By means of settings related to living and dwelling, K explored the potential for agency in collaboration with visitors. It also investigated tensions that arise from the encounter between a public institution and self-organized collective practice under the special circumstances of Covid19 restrictions to public life and artistic practice.
This methodology is central to the approach of the artist initiative K, which has been meeting annually in different locations since 2013. K invites participants to translate current topics of their artistic and research practice into new and context-specific formats, following individual interests. K is organised by Isabel Bredenbröker, Sarah Lehnerer, Lennart Boyd Schürmann, Angela Stiegler and Felix Leon Westner.
K 2020 are: Achinoam Alon, Nike Arnold, Jenifer Becker, Mathieu Bessey, Kamilla Bischof, Anaïs Bloch, Arbeitskollektiv Barabern und Strawanzen, Isabel Bredenbröker, Cashmere Radio, Marios Chatziprokopiou, Ruth Angel Edwards, Jan Erbelding, Samuel Fischer-Glaser, Cooper Francis, Adam Gallagher, Feministisches Frauen*gesundheitszentrum Stuttgart, Kylie Gilchrist, Kolja Gollub, Jackie Grassmann, Amelia Groom, Snorre Hansen, Emma Waltraud Howes, Stan Iordanov, Stephan Janitzky, Yorgia Karidi, Ylena Katkova, Johanna Klingler, Paula Kohlmann, Kollektiv Crèmbach x Lion Bischof, Charlotte Coosemans, Simone Ganserer, Zeno Legner, Sarah Lehnerer, Yulia Lokshina, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Inka Meißner, Katharina Merten, Maria von Mier, Moritz Nebenführ, Tunay Önder, Aiko Okamoto, Jonas von Ostrowski, Bernhard Rappold, Thea Reifler, Amir Saifullin, Lennart Boyd Schürmann, Sophie Schmidt, Philipp Schwalb, Angela Stiegler, Sarah Johanna Theurer, Laura Welker, Felix Leon Westner, Vasilis Zarifopoulos, Laura Ziegler