Corridor @

Dissolving architecture – a concept that favours social and spatial relationships over built constructions. The corridor, the exhibition’s unifying motif, an architectural element, stands for notions such as connection, transition, non-space /Marc Auge/, precariousness and temporariness. The artists, Tomáš Džadoň & Michal Moravčík, Dominik Lang and Gio Sumbadze, were invited to develop new projects, to relate to the local conditions from their different cultural and political positions and experience with architecture / space / social relationships. In the discussions with the artists it became clear that the idea of the corridor is the unifying element in their projects and approach.

Tomáš Džadoň & Michal Moravčík, Dominik Lang, Gio Sumbadze
Curated by: Lýdia Pribišová

25 September – 21 November 2015Opening: 25 September, at 6 p.m.
Venue:, Beskydská 12, 81105 Bratislava
Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 2 – 7 p.m.

Corridor changes spatial and social relationships through movement, it was invented to lead in a concrete direction and to facilitate speed. In Europe, Corridore meant first a person who runs to transfer messages. Also today, correre means in Italian to run. It offers one reality at its beginning and the other at its end. The passenger has to adapt himself to the new, changing conditions. By the 18th century, the corridor becomes a fundamental element of architecture utilized for changing spatial and social relationships. It found its apotheosis in modernity (asylums, prisons, social housing). From the First World War onwards, the corridor becomes a crucial metaphor for planning on a regional scale: there are now migrant corridors, economic corridors, wildlife corridors, railway corridors. These corridors work as metonymies. There is an interesting phenomenon in artistic approach: non-architectural entities are denominated in an architectural way. In the 20th century, confronted by the imperative of open space and the associations of the ideas of transparency and flow, the corridor is deemed an antimodernist tool that encourages cellular, inhibited buildings and behavior.

For the detailed concept and full programme of the exhibition, have a look here.