portrait shot: Lennart and Elisa © photo by Trevor Good // installation images: "surplus living" exhibition at km temperer during 14/03/2014 - 23/03/2014, courtesy the artists, Copyright 2014 IG Photography
Anna-Lena Werner: Elisa and Lennart, in 2012 you founded KM Temporaer – an off-space for art in Berlin. Many of your exhibitions profoundly stress the political relation between the digital world and the art market. They also posed critical questions to current tendencies of artistic positioning. What was the initial motivation to start KM Temporaer?
Elisa R. Linn: We were especially interested in the format of the thematic group exhibition as a testing field to make constellations in a transdisciplinary process that isn’t necessarily dependant on art. With our projects we have tried to investigate the potential of this exhibition format and the idea of creating sustained dialogues which aren’t limited to a specific part of the art scene and instead address many actors with different backgrounds entering into interaction with each other.
Lennart Wolff: The artist selection therefore was a major step for activating this potential. We consciously choose artists positioned at the intersection between rejecting marketing systems, young emerging artists and those who are commercially successful and represented by galleries. An important aspect is also to disclose different generational, cultural and social influences that characterize and shape the creative practice and provide individual views on certain socially relevant issues. Thus displaying contradictory artistic positions enabled us to contextualize the art works in a new way as well as to contemplate and reflect on the art pieces considering multiple perspectives.