Out of Tune, 2015

Katarzyna Krakowiak: Out of Tune


Polish Institute Berlin

Curator: Matthias Böttger (DAZ), Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk (Polnisches Institut Berlin)


Architecture is out of tune. With this statement Polish artist Katarzyna Krakowiak makes a reference to concept of Junkspace by Rem Koolhaas. Koolhaas describes a seamless architecture, which spills around and builds our cities. Junkspace is the fall-out of modernization, the process of filling every gap with provisional structures which promote disorientation and consume landscape.

The concept of Junkspace returns in the newest sound sculpture of Katarzyna Krakowiak presented in the Polish Institute. Here, in her first solo exhibition in Berlin, the artist understands Junkspace as architecture that is out of tune, a phenomenon which reflects a loss ofability to communicate in modern world.

For Krakowiak, the term Junkspace refers not only to the material architectural substance; sound is also treated by artist as a constitutive part of architecture. Out of Tune is an attempt to translate a concept of Junkspace into a field of acoustic experiences. This work, an effect of collaboration with sound designer Ralf Meinz, appears as a kind of wrong note which came into being in the process ofoverlapping two melody lines – the song of a bird and the artist’s singing. They are however not comprehensible anymore – since these two speeches are being drowned by each other, they lose their communicative function.

Katarzyna Krakowiak transposes the process of tuning again into the visual. In her installation she shows a test-prints which help to properly set the coordinate system in 3D-printers. This abstract patterns are a notation of axis to determine the positions in space and to tune the objects and their surroundings.

Architecture as a tune-up.