Omer Fast, Talking is not always the solution
- Spatial Design by Studio Miessen
- Scenography: Heike Schuppelius
- Graphic Design: Studio Mahr
- Project Leader: Markus Miessen
- Team: Berta Cusó, Felix McNamara, Frixos Petrou, Paula Palermo
- Photography: © Jansch & Voelzke, courtesy of Martin-Gropius-Bau, 2016
For Omer Fast’s show at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Berlin-based architects Studio Miessen – in collaboration with scenographer Heike Schuppelius – developed a waiting room typology that unfolds through the exhibition as a series of ideologically charged inbetween-spaces. Relating both to concepts of non-place (Marc Auge) and junk space (Rem Koolhaas), these waiting rooms present passive spaces of broadcast political consumption. This is also reflected in the printed matter that was developed for the show in collaboration with graphic designers Studio Mahr, resulting in a freely distributed tabloid magazine that doubles as a catalogue of the exhibition. Sitting between actual events, the waiting room typology reflects the subject matter of death, loss and purgatory; each room setting a backdrop for the content of the respective films to unfold spatially.
Omer Fast (* 1972) is one of the most distinctive film and video artists of his generation. He creates narrations in his films that question the borders between one's own and media narratives and between current and historic events. His works address the friction between documentary and fiction. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is showing seven of his projects at his first large solo exhibition in Berlin.