2007. Mandla Reuter. TNEMTRAPA (related works)



For the duration of half a year an apartment in the city of Warsaw will be rented. It will be equipped with furniture necessary for a basic living like a bed, a table and some chairs. The appearance of the flat should be as neutral as possible.

The project that is announced as an exhibition consists of the distribution of duplicated keys to as many people as possible in different venues, where we will be staying during the period of the project. This could be e.g. Frankfurt, Berlin or Istanbul.

The aim of the project is, to soften the boundaries between a private apartment and a public space by increasing the number of people having access to the place.

A space then could be defined as a sort of public space as soon as a certain number of keys are distributed/circulating.

The keys are distributed via personal handout together with an invitation card that describes the specification of the project. A large number of people will have the possibility to visit this apartment and get an active part of the exhibition. There is no schedule that would give an insight of how the flat is frequented; therefore the permanent possibility of casual encounters is most likely.

An essential part of the project is the act of the personal handout of the keys and their distribution to various people worldwide. A potential of diverse possibilities are introduced through the speculative dimension that is inherent to the project. The owners of the keys are deciding themselves about the possible varieties.

Another part of the project is seen in the choice of the city. Taking Warsaw as the starting point of the exhibition concept is explained within the geographical coordinates of the city, that demands awareness for the specific location.

Despite of the public/private apartment theme that lays within the project, it shall also function as a kind of social platform, and an offer to people to travel to another place.

Although we will try to do as much as possible ourselves to realise the apartment project, it will be necessary to work together with one of the Warsaw based institutions and people in matters of organisation and maintenance of the flat.

The project in Warsaw was realised with support of Buero Kopernikus, and e-flux.



in collaboration with Alexander Wolff

Central point of the work is the distribution of a set of keys to an one bedroom appartment in Warsaw to various people. As there are consisting as many keys as invitation cards, more or less 500 and there are about as many potential owners of place, the apartment looses it`s quality as a private housing and becomes a kind of public space as for example a museum could be. The apartment is equipped corresponding to its size for one to two persons.

Although the apartment was located in Warsaw, the project in whole was not based on a certain place, as the distribution and personal handout of the keys and invitation card was already an essential part of it and the owners of the keys could wander around with them anywhere with the knowledge having access to an apartment in Warsaw.



in collaboration with Alexander Wolff

A private apartment was rented for one month in Frankfurt City. During this time 5 to 6 movies were shown daily from 5pm to 2am. The list contained about 150 movies which were in a way typical homevideos. The movies were shown in alphabetical order as printed on the invitation – card. The daily program was announced on an answering machine and on a local radio broadcast. The situation in the apartment was dithering between watching videos privately with friends and sitting in an apartment on a sofa with total strangers who got hold of the invitaion card.

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