Iris Haeussler    1994, 1997, 1998, 2000

Lessingstr. 23 3rd Floor, Apartment No. 4 The "vacancies" exhibition project

Leipzig, Germany 1994

A corner room facing the street, the top floor of a run-down, almost completely vacated turn-of-the-century rental house was partly renovated. New furniture was brought in, painted a uniform light-gray. A bed was supplied with a mattress and linens. A small table and a chair, a television set and a radiator completed the furnishings. The room appeared neutral and clear. A shelf was placed against the wall. It contained white bedsheets, these were dated and ordered chronologically. Likewise a stack of hand towels were supplied in proper order. Bottled water and glasses were made available for use.

On the back side of the door a notice was put on display:

"This room can be used as overnight accomodation from 27.10.94 to 06.11.94. To register, please adress yourself to Mrs./Mr. ... ."

For a short period, the appartment was declared an exhibition space as well as a space to stay overnight.

Xenotope (1997, 1998, 2000)

Bonner Kunstverein, Hochstadenring 22, Bonn, Germany  1997 Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, Lothringerstr. 13, München, Germany  1998

Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Buchhornplatz 6, Friedrichshafen  2000

The furniture of the 1994 Xenotop project was reproduced a second time. The old and the new xenotope were installed side-by-side in a museum space. Once again, the installation could be used as an overnight accomodation for a specified period. The used bed from Leipzig was "on exhibit" and the "new" bed was made every day, with fresh sheets. Towels were available, bottled water and glasses.

Overnight guests had uncontrolled access to the artworks that were exhibited in the gallery space.

Leipzig, Lessingstraße - the appartment


Xenotop - Kunstverein Friedrichshafen 2000