Non-material Borders

Non-material Borders presented by two Chilean-German architects, Javiera Schumacher and Juan Cordua, working in installation and interior design, analyzing social and material phenomena. This project reflects on the transposition process, resignifying the paper material, emphasizing its migratory, spatial, and temporal aspects. By focusing on the creative process itself and how, through craftsmanship, identities are created in a foreign country.

By focusing on the creative process itself and how, through craftsmanship, identities are created in a foreign country.

The objects hang through a tensioned and counterbalanced system, with rocks on the floor, generating a regulated sequence of strong and weak elements—a visual metaphor of weight and lightness. 

Javiera Schumacher / Architect

What is the aesthetic and spatial response of migration in architecture? The installation comprises 22 luminous structures suspended over 22m² and illuminated inside with LED bulbs of different color temperatures; it investigates the spectrum and the lightscape. The work production begins with the paper in a 70x100cm format divided into squares of various sizes; each structure consists of 30 square modules of paper that will be folded to create the modules that can be inserted.

The objects hang through a tensioned and counterbalanced system, with rocks on the floor, generating a regulated sequence of strong and weak elements—a visual metaphor of weight and lightness. 

Juan Cordua / Architect

The work emerges from material research on the expressive qualities of paper and its relationship with light, where architecture intensifies and articulates our experiences of gravity, materiality, and light. Suppose material is the spatial and perceptible reality of which the things around us are made. How can we reveal the paper’s fibers and their haptic character? How to balance fragility and resistance? How can we deny that light and emptiness are constructive materials just as crucial as cement and wood?

The installation is planned to be exhibited at Kastanien Projektraum in January 2022. Production will start in October 2021.

The exhibition will be curated by Melanie Garland ; Chilean visual artist and architectural restorer who lives in Berlin and is enrolled in a Ph.D in art & anthropology of migration at the Humboldt University of Berlin


The opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday 15th January at 6pm until 8pm.
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“Supported by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, with funding from the Federal Government Commisioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.”

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