19 Oct 2007


Other Spaces / New Lives

Treppenhaus Villa Romana

Franz Ackermann, Untitled... I’m still in – sound-Piece
Nikolai Vogel, Plug In – lecture
Ingo Schulze, Neue Leben – lecture
Andrea Faciu, GEFÜGE EINS / STRUTTURA UNO – installation

The title of the evening OTHER SPACES / NEW LIVES is a combination of two quotations. New Lives is the name of the novel by Ingo Schulze, the Italian translation of which was published by Feltrinelli a few weeks ago. Other spaces (or Heterotopias) is a concept used by Michel Foucault to describe an unreal, virtual space by way of contrast to utopia. Heterotopias are effective places that are drawn into the organisation of society. What these other places have in common is that they challenge all other spaces by creating an illusion in which the other reality itself appears to be an illusion or by creating a more complete system than that of reality.

Ingo Schulze was born in 1962 in Dresden and lives in Berlin. His novels and short stories have been translated into 27 languages. He has won a number of awards including the Alfred Döblin award and the aspekte literature award (1995), the Berlin literature award (1998) and the Peter Weiss award (2006). He is the 2007 scholarship holder at the Villa Massimo in Rome. Publications: Cell Phone – Thirteen Stories in the Time-honoured Mode (2007), New Lives, novel (2005), Simple Stories – A Novel from the East German provinces (1998); 33 Moments of Happiness – St. Petersburg, stories, 1995.

Franz Ackermann was born in 1963 in Neumarkt St. Veit and lives in Berlin. He has been a professor of painting at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe since 2001. In 2004, Ackermann was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize. He has had a number of solo exhibitions including at the Kunsthalle Basel (2006), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (2004), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2003), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002) and Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000)..

Andrea Faci, was born in 1977 in Bucharest and lives in Munich and en route. She studied sculpture with Olaf Metzel from 1997 to 2004 at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, she has been presented with numerous prizes for her installations and video works including the Debutant prize of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (2005), the ‘ars viva’ art award of the Cultural Committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) (2006) and the 2007 Villa Romana Fellowship. Her exhibitions include the Gagosian Gallery / Berlin Biennale in 2006, MANIFESTA 5 in 2004, Biennial for Contemporary Art, San Sebastian and LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, 5th Cetinje Biennial, Cetinje (Montenegro).

Nikolai Vogel was born in 1971 in Munich and lives in Munich. This year he has been collaborating with the 2007 Villa Romana Fellow Silke Markefka in Florence. He studied Modern German Literature, Philosophy and Information Technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and his master’s thesis, published by Peter Lang, looked at E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Sandman as an interpretation of the interpretation. He works as an author and web developer. In 1993, he founded the publishing house and label Black Ink ( with Kilian Fitzpatrick. He was a participant in the competition for the 29th Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Klagenfurt in 2005 and was a scholarship holder of the author workshop Prose 2005 at the Berlin literary colloquium (LCB).