Irina Ilieva

Irina Ilieva

Architektin und Galeristin

PLAZEBO Affects between Architecture and Art

Vanessa Enríquez and J.MAYER.H

Exhibition: 2. April - 1. May 2016
Opening: 2. April 2016, 7-11pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, 30. April, 3pm
Open Weekend/Gallery Weekend: 29. April - 1. May 2016
Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 2-8pm and by appointment
Venue: aquabitArt gallery, Auguststr. 35, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

PLAZEBOs strategy is meant "to please", to make us feel better. It is partly wishful thinking and it is aiming to activate the endorphins in our bodies. The meanings of PLAZEBO could vary, the form is not defined.
Affect results from instant reactions. They can change, depending on the expectations, joy or pain.

PLAZEBO is a pavilion, intended to explore the notions of belief and anticipation and its effects on our perception. PLAZEBO is an intimate reflection on the spaces, both physical and mental that we occupy, whether consciously or not. It seeks to question and validate the strategies and resources that we use to soothe ourselves, however deceptive they might be.

To which extent is our individual understanding of the environment created by our affection?
How can artistic approach influence the architectural space and the other way round?

With a focus on the somatic experience, the exhibition presents an installation by Vanessa Enríquez whose pattern is revealed through our movement in the space. In a contrasting way, the video by J.MAYER.H is installed as a footnote, best viewed when we keep still. An aural dimension is created by pink noise, which permeates the space with sound similar to rain falling or leaves rustling. It is intended to slow and regulate our brain waves. A set of headphones offers binaural beats which are used to improve immune functions, facilitate relaxation, improve mood and contribute to the alleviation of stress. Through these visual and sonic stimuli, PLAZEBO establishes a dialogue between architectural and artistic articulations that are related to the issues of pattern, boundaries, movement and digitalization.

More work by J.MAYER.H can be seen at the upcoming solo exhibition "J.MAYER.H - STRUKTURALIEN" at Haus am Waldsee (April 28th - Juni 26th, 2016).

For the artist talk on 30. April 2016 Vanessa Enríquez and J.MAYER.H will address questions regarding affect in and between Architecture and Art in their work.


Installation: Vanessa Enriquez and Jürgen MAYER.H
Foto: aquabit

PLAZEBO Installation 2016

Photo: Ludger Paffrath

PLAZEBO Installation 2016

Foto: aquabit

Artist talk 2016

Vanessa Enriquez and Jürgen MAYER.H