The exhibition “RAPPORT. Experimental Spatial Structures” (Experimentelle Raumstrukturen) took place at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany at the end of 2011, beginning of 2012. The exhibition offered new insights into the interdisciplinary approach of the internationally acclaimed architectural office J. MAYER H. Two years after the exhibition took place, it remains as visually, and conceptually strong as the day it was launched.
For the first time, the team developed a walk-in installation for the museum’s 10-metre high entrance area. The floors and walls were cladded in carpet, revealing bold data security patterns. The large scale black and grey patterns produced a “flickering impression” and transformed the “white cube into a playful scenario of interpermeating forms and structures”. In addition, the three-dimensional models found throughout the space, translated the two-dimensional patterns into concrete forms.
The title “Rapport” was deliberately chosen for its ambiguity. From one point of view, the specialist German-language term from textile manufacturing refers to the serial pattern of the installation. The name also refers to the military field term that means “dispatch”, while as a psychology term it describes “a human relationship in which those involved convey something to the others”. The title and symbolism of the patterns used, are strongly connected. The data security patterns, which are often used on the inside of envelopes, also represent confidential communication between two parties.
J. MAYER H. managed to create an installation full of symbolism. The concept gave a strong visual impact, yet it left room for interpretation and conversation.
Project Name: RAPPORT. Experimentelle Raumstrukturen
Architect: J. MAYER H.
Exhibition Dates: 16th September 2011 – 9th April 2012
Location: Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
J. MAYER H. Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Wilko Hoffmann
Photos by: Ludger Paffrath und Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn
Exhibition Cube Models are part of “Permanent Collection of Berlinische Galerie”
The exhibition was realized by the support of Vorwerk, Berliner Stadtreinigung
*All images and information courtesy of J. MAYER H.