In 2003, within the framework of open-house tours, the off-gallery Laden für Nichts emerged as a reconstruction on a 1:1 scale in the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts. Invited to participate in this exhibition within the exhibition, FAMED seized the opportunity offered by this shift of cultural spheres from off-space to institutional space. They temporarily shut down the reconstruction and instead carried out an architectural intervention at the original gallery in the Sebastian-Bach-Straße. The normally untreated walls of the Laden für Nichts were paneled with whitened plasterboard to a height of 220 centimeters, establishing a correspondence between the underlying structure and the installation. By means of this circumventable partition wall, a compact spatial ensemble was produced that was homogeneously lit by three installed fluorescent lamps arranged parallel to each other. Starting with the micropolitics characteristic for the Laden für Nichts that went along with a subtle rejection modus in face of established art institutions, [Spatial Reconfiguration #1] questioned the boundaries between underground and mainstream models. The Laden für Nichts, which saw itself as a countermovement to the usual gallery system, ironically opposed the cliché of the white-cube exhibition space.
Photos: Anna KO