For the first time, Fluentum will focus on the political, visual, and discursive dimensions inscribed into the historically charged architecture of its premises. The program series features the group exhibition Time Without End, solo exhibitions by Anja Kirschner and Loretta Fahrenholz, as well as a series of publications.
In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving is co-curated by Dennis Brzek, who will be guest curator at Fluentum from 2021 to 2022, and Junia Thiede, Head of Exhibitions and Programs at Fluentum.
Fluentum's exhibition space is located in the imposing main building of a former military facility. Constructed between 1936 and 1938 during the era of National Socialism by architect Fritz Fuß as "Luftgaukommando III," the building served a key infrastructural role for the German Luftwaffe. After World War II, U.S. forces utilized the building as their military and intelligence headquarters until 1994.
As the title suggests, In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving understands Fluentum’s engagement with the moving image to be continually embedded within these temporal pulls. Drawing on the building's indexicality, the exhibitions and publications use media to juxtapose historical periods and their monuments with specific moments of the present, and investigate how meanings, histories, and places are produced discursively.
Over the course of the project, In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving will be framed by a four-part series of publications dedicated to a concrete investigation of the building's history. The series will form the first comprehensive treatment examining the site and will include essays, historical photographs, and other archival material as well as artist contributions.
The exhibition program of In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving consists of:
Time Without End
with 13BC (Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven, Evan Calder Williams), Klaus vom Bruch, Keren Cytter, Loretta Fahrenholz, Margaret Honda, D’Ette Nogle, Richard Sides, Valerie Snobeck, Florian Wüst
September 15 – December 11, 2021
April – July, 2022
September – December, 2022