Juden 45/90

writing about rooms

From years of trying to find the right person to write adequately about our exhibition designs, I know how difficult it is to describe the design of a room with words. In my opinion, the writer needs to accomplish three things:

  1. clearly state what is there to be seen
  2. explain in easy words how it is done
  3. and then you might suggest the overall impression or athmosphere it creates –but be careful with that, I personally hate to be told what I am supposed to experience

I drove a bunch of clearly talented writers nuts, because I felt they were always starting with point number three, didn´t understand what the clearly brilliant strokes were in number two and as for number one, that seemed to be the most difficult task of all. I hate to upset people, so I started writing them myself. Not because I was a better writer, but, at least, I knew what I wanted to be told.

Writing a lenghty text about two Pasolini exhibitions of ours, which has just been published in Wallstein Verlag, I realized that indeed, words were quite a difficult and awkward tool compared to images to accomplish point one. This is why, when the next occasion arose and we were asked to contribute a text about the scenography of Jews 45/90, an exhibition in the Jewish Museum Munich for the catalogue, I set out to find a new form to “write” about our rooms.

And now I won´t attempt in words to describe this new form, but show you, simple as that:

 

 

All text pages © chezweitz & roseapple, photo: Franz Kimmel

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