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Syndicate: Reservate derSehnsucht [Zones of Desire]

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition
Reservate derSehnsucht [Zones of Desire]
on Friday August 21,1998 from 7 - 10 the Dortmunder U
[former Union Brewery,RitterstraBel.

Zur Er=F6ffnung der Ausstellung Reservate der Sehnsucht am Freitag, den 21.
August 1998 von 19 bis 22 Uhr laden wir Sie herzlich in das Dortmunder U
ein [ehemalige Unionbrauerei, Eingang Ritterstra=DFel.

Reservate der Sehnsucht [Zones of Desire]
21 August- 4 October 1988
Dortmunder U

35 internatinal artists on four floors with more than 4,000 qm of
industrial ruins

Daniel Garc=EDa And=FAjar
Siegrun Appelt
John M. Armleder
Peter Bogers
Marie Jose Burki
Diller + Scofidio
Onno Dirker
Stan Douglas
Christoph Draeger
Mark Formanek
Rodney Graham
Johan Grimonprez
Christoph Irrgang
Gerald van der Kaap
Kirsten Kaiser
Peter Land
Antoni Muntadas
Walter Niedermayr
Vito Orazem
Tony Oursler
Jose Alejandro Restrepo
Alberto Simon
Jan-Peter ER. Sonntag
Bill Spinhoven
Allan Wexler
Andrea Wolfensberger
Thomas Wrede

Zones of Desire are sites that stage what is considered to be long lost:
worlds of artificial experience, perfect machines of illusion, but also the
private retreats of the individual. Today sees the ubiquitous creation of
infrastructures that make life more acceptable - the artificial adventure
playgrounds of fun parks, the shopping malls of new consumer culture,
zoological gardens as oases of nature, travelling to exotic worlds, but
also catastrophes processed by a TV culture that ensures that the sublime
shudder is experienced from a safe distance.

The exhibition Zones of Desire confronts these scenarios and deals with
artistic approaches to the topographies of staged desire, somewhere between
Easy Living and failed utopias.
Derelict for four years, the Union-Brewery in the center of Dortmund is an
ideal 'non-site' for the project. On four floors with more than 4,000 m2 of
industrial ruin, 35 international artists present video works,
installations and photographs, dealing with the spaces and projections of
the post-industrial era.

The starting point of the exhibition was one of the desolate floors in the
former brewery building. In its original state, the floor presented a
panorama of ruins turned into an interior space. Amidst the debris of this
inverted landscape, a green lawn was installed as central motive for the
modern reservation.

Visitors enter the exhibition through the specially designed Caf=E9
Matta-Clark. Passing by the space-engulfing video-installations along the
entrance corridor, the visitors reach the elevator where they are received
by lift operators. Moving from floor to floor, they enter various sections
of the exhibition, each with its own specific form and contents. The
infrastructure of the exhibition, installed for six weeks only, is
decidedly provisional. Simulating the fun park as well as the bel =E9tage of
the museum, it nevertheless modifies both these presentational orders, so
that the presentation turns the site itself into a work on show.

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