Ganghofer Straße 6
12043 Berlin

24/7 Store window 
15—16 SEP, accessible 1—4pm

Donau Ecke Ganghofer "MARKTFORSCHUNG (von der flüchtigen Oberfläche dieser Welt)", 2016, © Stephanie Hanna / VG Bild/Kunst Donau Ecke Ganghofer "The Heritage Series", 2012, © Stephanie Hanna / VG Bild/Kunst

Donau Ecke Ganghofer

Once upon a time, there was an unused store window space of about 60 square meters on the backside of a large department store in Neukölln. 2010, three Berlin-born and based artists began working there, one of them being Stephanie Hanna. Soon they discovered that it was actually this plain and simple working in public in a storefront, without following any representational or commercial motivation, which was of most interest to them. They discovered a shift in the everyday perception of regular passerbys. The continuous work being done here provoked questions such as, what will happen here - without ever giving the answer, such as in form of a pop-up-store or similar.  

Since then, this is a place for experimental art, performance and installation that are developed site-specifically and are visible at every hour of every day, and lit until about 1 am. You can see through the space to the other side of the street corner. Glass window bottom to top and a pilar carrying the car parking above, the exhibits are visually embedded in Neuköllns changing street scenery. Art is being presented almost on street level with just 40 cm above ground, on a marble floor, accessible for everyone, including the many children of the neighbouring daycare and activity centers. Every necessary stage of the artistic working process is presented equally; the work, its building up and breaking down are as important as the cleaning. Also the changes between shows or installations are being choreographed with care by the artists. 

In process-oriented series, Stephanie Hanna shifts constellations of found and inherited and artistically altered objects through the space, assembling and disassembling possible meaning. Over the course of months, one might find a stretched-out narration unfolding in these shifts and changes, with unannounced performances highlighting possible parts of a plot. The other half of the time, invited artists use the space in related ways. Many of the installations have used the window pane experimentally, for instance as resonating body or canvas. The window at Donau Ecke Ganghofer provides a field for experimentation in which artistic action can happen in public without having to be an event.