One of the most interesting things Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist (the co-curators of 13 Rooms) have spoken about in regards to the 13 Rooms project is the use of the simple everyday item, the humble door.
12 doors guard 11 of our 13 rooms in the project (following?), with the exception of Laura Lima and Tino Sehgal spaces, which choreograph our viewing in different ways. As you approach each room, you will have to open the door, uncertain of what awaits you inside the small space and step inside, closing the door behind you. Scary? No. Confronting? Sometimes. Exciting? Absolutely.
Funny how Klaus Biesenbach seems to be able to sum up this experience better than anyone (considering he’s one of the guys who made the decision to use doors in the first place). Here’s an eloquent excerpt from our 13 Rooms catalogue to put it all into perspective (which is available for pre-sale orders by-the-way via email@example.com):
Imagine you are with your colleagues when somebody says, ‘Please come to my office and close the door behind you.’ The mood of the situation completely changes. Or imagine you are in a high-rise building and you use the elevator. The doors close. The elevator moves to the next floor, the doors open and somebody comes in. That person is naked. The elevator doors close again. You are left alone with this naked person for several minutes. Or imagine you arrive late to a theatre performance and you are ushered to walk down to the left and then enter through the door on the right. You follow the directions and end up on stage with the actors.
- Klaus Biesenbach, excerpt from the 13 Rooms catalogue
Watch Episode 3 of our 13 Rooms documentary series to find out more about the exhibition space, and how we are collaborating with Harry Seidler and Associates to create a unique space for the project.