Fleisch und Stein

Positions on the transformation of the city and appropriation of urban spaces

Event Details

September 15 – October 22, 2017
whiteBOX (Atelierstraße 18, D-81671 München)

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00

Friday, September 15th, 19:00
Introduction: Cagla Ilk

Free admission

Guided tours:
Saturday and Sunday, 14:00
After Work Tour, every Thursday, 18:00

Special events:
Friday, September 29, 2017, 18:00
Performance RUSHHOUR PART II by Ceren Oran

Friday, October 6, 2017, 18:00
Performance RUSHHOUR PART III by Ceren Oran

Saturday, October 14, 19:00 - 2:00
Lange Nacht der Münchner Museen (Night of the Munich Museums)
19:00: Performance "Karakater Bürünmek" by Mehtap Baydu
20:30 + 22:00 + 23:30: Live music "MUSIC OF THE SPHERES" with the chamber choir and violoncello ensemble of the collegium:bratananium
19:30 + 21:00 + 22:30 + 24:00 + 01:00: guided tour of the exhibition
(Entrance fee: 15,00 € | Tickets: office@whitebox.art or at the box office)

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 - 17:00
JuKi 2017, Children's and Youth Festival
Children Tours through the exhibition, always half past
Painting competition "How colorful is your Munich" in cooperation with the company boesner


Facebook Gallery

Picture: Wermke/Leinkauf "Entscheidungen", © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 (picture: Jürgen Große)

How do women and men move about within the city, what do they see, what do they hear and smell, what do they eat, what do they wear and how do they love. Richard Sennett's »Fleisch und Stein« (Flesh and Stone) acted as an inspiration for this exploration of the bodily experiences of people in the post-modern urban environment.

The urban dynamic originates from the interaction of human bodies within a space; creative potential from the confrontation in social, religious or ideological conflicts. The sensory experience of competitive diversity, of living and symbolised bodies is a basic prerequisite for our sense of human togetherness.

The »Fleisch und Stein« exhibition questions artists from Turkey, Spain and Germany about their views on the transformation of the city, and the appropriation of urban spaces, based on the concepts of: decision, movement and traces, identity and clothing, appropriation of spaces and collective memory.

Featuring the artists: Wermke/Leinkauf, Mehtap Baydu, Aline Brugel, Democracia, Diana Artus and Larissa Fassler


The curator

The curator, Çağla Ilk, studied architecture in Istanbul and Berlin and works internationally at the interface of art, urban development and architecture. She joined the board of trustees at whiteBOX Munich in 2016 where, among other things, she directed the 'Püree-Linie' opening project in May of last year. Çağla Ilk has been the curator in charge of interdisciplinary art exhibitions at Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater since 2012. Known as the 'Berliner Herbstsalon', these events offer an international perspective of the visual, performative and representational arts. She uses 'Büro Milk' – her interdisciplinary, post-migrant platform – as a vehicle to intervene in public spaces with location-specific performances in cities such as Berlin, Munich and Istanbul. She sits in the presidium of Berlin's largest art association, the 'New Society for Visual Arts' (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst – nGbK), and is also a member of Berlin's 'Council for the Arts' (Rat für die Künste).


A who's who of the exhibitions artists:


The Spanish artists' collective Democracia was set up in Madrid in 2006 and comprises the two artists Iván López and Pablo España. Their decision to work as a group fosters an artistic approach that is geared towards discussion and the clash of ideas and means of expression. Not only that, but the fact that they work as a group engenders an interest in stepping into social spheres with a view to highlighting the revolutionary potential of everyday activities. Since its inception, the collective has been a resounding international success and its works were featured at biennial arts festivals in Istanbul, Gothenburg, Taipei and Havana (to name but a few), along with numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the USA. Democracia is also the publisher of the art magazine Nolens Volens.


Larissa Fassler

Born in 1975 in Vancouver, Canada, the artist Larissa Fassler has been living and working in Berlin since 1999. Prior to this, she studied art at Concordia University, Montreal and at Goldsmiths College, London. Larissa Fassler has also been awarded numerous scholarships in Canada, the USA and Germany. The artist spends weeks observing urban plazas and chronicles the movements of people, goods and information from advertising, posters and graffiti. She visualises social, economic and political trends in the form of graphically complex pictures and large-scale floor installations.



The Berlin-based artist duo Wermke/Leinkauf create pictures and imaginary worlds that render many urban spaces, their significance and potential uses visible for the very first time. Their process-oriented interventions explore the essence of the public urban environment, challenge boundaries and question entrenched behaviour. Their investigation of public spaces always draws attention to historical and cultural contexts, thereby triggering social discourse. Their actions, installations and photos are displayed in international museums and exhibition venues (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Kulturhuset Stockholm, ZKM Karlsruhe) and the duo have been awarded numerous prizes and grants. Friends since their youth, both artists were born in East Berlin and were involved in the local graffiti scene.


Diana Artus

The artist Diana Artus studied German language and literature at Leipzig University, before moving on to study photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, where she was awarded her degree in 2007 and mastership in 2010. Her artistic output is grounded in a disparate sense of awareness and unique perspective of the urban environment. Always based on photography, her works deal with the interdependency between urban space and atmosphere. Diana Artus has been awarded grants for her studio, work and travels, including funding from the Berlin Senate. Her work is exhibited throughout the world.


Mehtap Baydu

Mehtap Baydu was born in Bingöl, Turkey in 1972. The artist currently lives and works in Kassel and Berlin. She studied art at the School of Art, Kassel under the tutelage of renowned professors such as von Windheim and Lüthi. Mehtap Baydu was awarded scholarships from the University of Kassel and the Otto Braun Foundation. Her artistic output is heavily inspired and influenced by fiction, imaginary characters and everyday objects such as clothing or food, proverbs and her own body. Primarily focussing on performance as an artistic form, Mehtap Baydu's work also features photography, film and installations.


Ceren Oran

Born in Istanbul in 1984, the dancer, choreographer and sound painter Ceren Oran has danced for several renowned choreographers and as part of international ensembles. Teaming up with numerous artists from all branches of the arts, she has also developed her own projects in Europe and America. Her career as a sound painter began five years ago. This art form allows her to discover multidisciplinary, free improvisations, which she composes live on stage. She set up the Salzburg Sound Painting Collective in 2012. Ceren Oran regularly collaborates with sound painting groups with a distinct international flavour. She held an inspirational integrative workshop for the 'Art in Anywhere' association during which she used her art to distract Syrian and Kurdish children on the Turkish-Syrian border from the humdrum of everyday life.


Aline Brugel

Aline Brugel is a visual artist, dancer and stage designer. She was awarded her master's degree in expressionist and contemporary dance in 2012 by the Rennes University, France. Since then, her ideas and work in the fields of light, dance, design and stage setting have left an inimitable stamp on festivals as far afield as France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Aline Brugel is both the founder and photographer of the CORPS IN SITU IN CITY street-art project. This shows life-size pictures of people in boxes that seem to be slid into the walls of city buildings. In 2011, Aline Brugel teamed up with six dancers from the 'C’est par où la danse?' collective, and together they launched the project. CORPS IN SITU IN CITY involves one city, 15–20 spaces, 80–160 participants and 30–60 photographs and posters. Not forgetting hundreds of stories and memories.

Aline Brugel has been working as an Artist in Residence at the whiteBOX Guest Studio since mid-July, where she will remain until the middle of October 2017. She is photographing the protagonists of the Werksviertel (among others) for her temporary and transient poster project. Her posters will not only be displayed in the Werksviertel, but will also hang in the city along the route from whiteBOX to Munich's main railway station during September/October 2017.



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