Studio Miessen

19 hours at the kiosk

Thu – Sun 10 – 19 h | Sat until 22 h

From the roof terrace of the HKW there is a view of the Reichstag and the Kanzleramt (Chancellery). These two massive symbols of political power loom up as if they were cruiseliners on the brink of collision. The HKW roof kiosk drifts between them like a life raft. Here Miessen creates an informal place of assembly. The kiosk changes from a hermetic vitrine to a walk-in display case. Around it the rooftop becomes a stage for readings, concerts, talks, film screenings and unexpected interventions; a participative forum in which the ‘public institution’ as such can be examined and updated in respect to its functionality and potential.

Markus Miessen (*1978 in Germany) is an architect and writer. He has published, amongst other titles: “The Nightmare of Participation” and “Actors, Agents and Attendants.” His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Manifesta and the Lyon, Venice, Gwangju, and Shenzhen Biennales. He is currently planning a contemporary art center on a former NATO military camp in Germany. In 2008, he founded the Winter School Middle East (now Kuwait). He is professor for Critical Spatial Practice at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, and visiting professor at USC, Los Angeles.