Berlin’s Magma Architecture won several awards for its entry in the JETZT | NOW series of temporary installations at the Berlinische Galerie, Museum for Contemporary Art,Photography and Architecture. Magma’s installation, 11th in the series,was called fittingly ‘head-in | im kopf’ and its concept is based on exploring the properties of materials, form, color and light.
The main feature of the installation is an alarmingly orange flexiblef abric (polyamide-elastan mix) stretched between the walls, ceiling and floor. The fabric is the most visible part of the exhibit, yet it is also the tool with which the viewers can focus on smaller details.
Visitors bend down under the fabric into which openings were cut.Through these holes, visitors pop their heads up into the orange space to view drawings, models and photographs suspended from wires. These items are from Magma’s work and include representations of the revitalization of the former GDR Radio Centre (Berlin, Nalepastrasse,2007), a bridge over the Landwehrkanal river in Berlin (competition entry in 2006), the new Nexus Productions headquarters in London, and the exhibition Trial & Error in London (2003). Luckily, we have images to show how it all worked as the full effect of the experience is quite impossible to describe in mere words.
The project team for head-in | im kopf included Anke Noske, Hendrik Bohle, Dominik J’rg,Lena Kleinheine, Ksenia Kagler, Yohko Mizushima, Lena Kleinheinz,Martin Ostermann and Ben Reynolds.
Magma was established in 2003 by Martin Ostermann and Lena Kleinheinz. The Ohio native Ostermann is a former senior architect at Studio Daniel Libeskind. The Denmark-born Kleinheinz is an exhibition designer. Magmais known for its inventive, experimental and experiential approaches to architectural work. By Tuija Seipell