sven christian schuch




curator | project- and production management | dramatic advisor | text |







springhouse catalogue 2014

springhouse catalogue 2011-13

The Backdoor of Curating?

The Nest


springhouse catalogue 2014, web version


The publication appears as part of the residency and exhibition project springhouse 2014, Dresden.


This catalogue focuses on the attempt to (re-)activate the fourth edition of springhouse 2014, or as artist Sripriya Sudhakar puts it in her personal introduction to the catalogue, to capture “traces of creation” and “memories” on paper and allow them to be re-experienced in a different way.

Since its formation in 2011, springhouse has been a source of experimental, innovative and forward-thinking ideas. It traditionally takes place in Dresden over spring and is made up of diverse components: artist residency, exhibition and festival.
What makes springhouse so special and innovative is that guest artists are able to exhibit in private buildings and transform them into temporary art and exhibition spaces. It delivers the framework and stimulus necessary for artistic exchange with a site that is uniquely located outside of a museum, its residents and context, in order to challenge, modify and (re-)formulate their artistic practices.
Following from this, the project continually opens up new spaces, both figuratively and literally speaking.

• Private residential and working spaces are made public for a week-long phase of the project;
• Open spaces arise for creative processes and artistic meetings in order to test innovative ideas;
• Thinking spaces are explored through active engagement with questions posed by artists on context, the city of Dresden and its history, as well as far-reaching topics related to society and social history;
• Discourse spaces are created by way of exchange between artists, academics and residents during the residency phase and in public discussions throughout the duration of the exhibition;

• Possibility spaces are set up for upcoming artists to use the experience as a springboard for future exhibition projects.

The biographies of a large number of artists have come to be associated with springhouse over the years. Irene Pätzug and Valentin Hertweck first produced a joint piece of work at springhouse 2011. Since then they have become an established artist duo and have been awarded residency grants from both the artists' house Kunsthaus Gravenhorst and the Leipzig Schauspielhaus. Collaboration between Finnish artist Silvia Javén and Cora Wöllenstein also looks promising. Springhouse 2014 was able to offer them a platform to test out their first steps working together as artists, which resulted later in putting on their first solo exhibition in Vasa.

We would like to thank all the artists who have experienced and enhanced springhouse. A big thanks also goes to all our supporters and sponsors as well as the cultural foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the city of Dresden who have provided springhouse with continuous support. We extend a special thanks to the house's residents for their unbelievable openness and trust in our project and for making their private spaces available to us. Without this, we would not have been able to establish springhouse as a real space. Lastly, we thank our team, all our volunteer partners and we look forward to the many editions of springhouse to come.


Anna Bründl & Sven Christian Schuch

Hirn Faust Auge

Helen Rutley

Oktoberdruck, Berlin

1st edition, 500 copies
ISBN 978-3-00-048139-0

funded by:
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
Amt für Kultur- und Denkmalschutz der Landeshauptstadt Dresden
Dresdner Stiftung Kunst & Kultur der Ostsächsischen Sparkasse Dresden

The rights to texts and images are reserved by springhouse. We want to thank all participating artists and everyone who shared photo material.

© springhouse, Volker Renner, Juliane Hanka