© 2020 – 2022. 2chairs artspace
23 – 25 June 2023
How to play chairs
48Stunden Neukölln Festival
Emser Straße 46, 12051 Berlin
How to play chairs

Usually, there are a few ways to play chairs, but actually, it means only two basic approaches to playing anything: follow the rules or create your own set. Playing itself generally requires improvisation and following the flow that could not be easily recognisable. Also, it raises a question about your confidence in what you are doing and where you are going to be. What will you do if you decide to completely change your chair where you're sitting securely for a while? Sometimes it means, changing your success to another career path, switching from e.g. architecture or teaching in a school with a regular salary to the freelancer artist's life. Definitely, it feels scary. Probably because there is no rule on how to play such a game, you need to improvise and draw your own route to achieve what you want. At the same time your inner child is getting to play naturally and instinctively, just let her/him enjoy the process. A child can decide to sit on two chairs simultaneously, build a pyramid or tower, or destroy the first chair completely – just follow her/his ideas and see if it works for you. From a practical perspective, it means losing control for a moment even if such control is an illusion. Trust in your inner child could be a challenge as your outer adult knows how to do anything properly and socially approved. But are you sure if this is the proper way for you? Playing is a good method to deal with complicated and even painful things, just keep in mind where you want to go. The exhibition consists of nine different ways to play chairs, told stories that can inspire others to find their own way of playing.
How it was
Meet 2chairs artists
  • Bernd Reichert
    grew up in East Germany, after 30 years in Belgium come back to West Berlin to
    self-develop visual language, based on the decontextuali-zation of original motives and the influence of his psycho-logical perception of reality.
  • Camila Piana
    a Peruvian artist, currently lives and works in Berlin, educated primarily as an Industrial Engineer. Today she obsessively draws circles and tells stories in an imaginary language strictly composed by using data.
  • Jac Carley
    a Berlin-based artist also known for her choreographic oeuvre as well as for published books and poems. Born in the USA she bought a one-way ticket to Berlin in 1976 and established Tanzfabrik there.
  • Josephine Riemann
    lives and works between Berlin and Wien. After more than 20 years of working at school, she fully devoted herself to artistic practice. Mostly she makes objects and installations related to everyday life.
  • Lena Ash
    born in the USSR, first studied Geography, lives and works in Berlin as an independent curator and visual artist, in 2020 founded 2chairs artspace. In artistic practice, she focuses on gender challenges.
  • Sandra Stops
    is a painter, was born in Erfurt and has lived in Berlin since 1996. Before painting, she studied political science, worked as a lecturer, and run own chocolate manufactory. For her, painting is a process of dealing with everyday experiences.
  • Sarah Schultz
    was born in Berlin and has diverse education: photography, computer graphics, fine arts, religion and philosophy. She has various teaching assignments in the field of fine arts in Brandenburg.
  • Scott Culley
    an American-born artist, trained as an architect, who crafts unique quilted artworks and limited-edition prints to explore themes of macabre and masculinity, which are expressed through vibrant, intricate designs.
  • Stefano Loiacono
    born in Italy, obtained a Master's Degree in Psychology, currently based in Berlin. Inspired by murals, graffiti, mosaics and stained glass windows, he combines colours into an aggregation of organic shapes.