From 14 March until 24 May 2015 me Collectors Room Berlin presents ‘A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents’. The exhibition examines the importance of documentation in Installation Art and presents the collection of documents assembled by London based-curators Nicolas de Oliveira (German/Portuguese) und Nicola Oxley (British) spanning three decades.
The material displayed takes the form of analogue and digital photographs, videos, sound-recordings, texts, models and objects. The two curators restage the historical material, proposing a choreographed movement through the archive. The material displayed therefore does not seek to replace past installations and performances nor is it presented as immutable historical documentation.
In addition to installation documents by artists such as Mischa Kuball (Germany), Phyllida Barlow (Britain), Andrea Büttner (Germany) and Lucia Nogueira (Brazil), which were shown in the gallery spaces of the two curators and in independent exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America, the exhibition also features a number of newly made interventions by artists already present in the archive, including Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Stefan Brüggemann (Mexico) , David Price, Barnaby Hosking and David Allen (all British).
The exhibition is accompanied by a sound design of the American media curator Alejandro Ball.
A publication accompanies the exhibition ‘A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents’.
1) Archive Detail, Photo: Franziska Nicolaus
2) Archive Detail, Photo: Franziska Nicolaus
3) Barnaby Hosking, Habitat, Installation detail, 2014, Photo: Peter Kidd
4) Tina Gverović, Or an Island or a Boat, 2013, Photo: Peter Kidd
5) Phyllida Barlow, Expanse, Installation, 1987, Photo: Edward Woodman
6) Hans Op de Beeck, Location , 1998 (2002), Photo: Edward Woodman