“Emotope: A Project of Büro Berlin”

Various Indoor And Outdoor Locations Throughout Berlin

For several years now the projects organized by Büro Berlin have been a staple of the Berlin art scene. The goal of their work is to make art more independent of established institutions (i.e., galleries. museums). Sites and situations are sought out that connect artwork with social, historical, and economic experience. “Emotope,” 1987, their most recent project, was organized by Raimund Kummer and Fritz Rahmann (two artists/administrators of Büro Berlin) together with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien. They and ten other international artists created ten projects at various locations throughout Berlin. The neologism “Emotope,” which suggests a cross between “emotion” and “topos,” alludes to the regeneration of art through new ways and new opportunities of experiencing it, for artists and viewers alike. Because art belongs to the ecology of life, changes in the sphere of art are never intrinsic

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