Leipzig II
Project public preposition
save the space
Year 2018
Institution GfZK, Leipzig / DE
Place Leipzig / DE
Curator Franciska Zólyom
Technique Performance with participants, white-red ribbon
Photographer Alexandra Ivanciu /DE; Jürgen Meier /DE
Montage Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf /DE


a performative action according to the Modell ‚Lichtfeld‘ Leipzig 1997, at gfzk/Leipzig/D

Since its founding in 1989 the gfzk in Leipzig has become a central place for cultural exchange and critical discourse. It contributes significantly to the identity of the city. 

As a reaction to the announcement that the gallery would extend its premises in the city center, the conceptual artist Mischa Kuball, german *1959, stated a proposal alongside a physical Modell to ‚ save the space‘ for a scheduled Museum Building, designed by German well known architect Peter Kulka. The action oscillates between performance, demonstration, and occupying public space. At different sites of the city a group of volunteers may outline the floor plan of the gallery in a 1:1 scale. All the participants hold a continuous white-red ribbon*. The floor plan of the gallery space reconstructed by human bodies illustrates once more the social dimension of the consequences that the expansion brings and transports the dimension into public space.

The performance ‚SAVE THE SPACE‘ is part of a series of public interventions since (1977-)2009 entitled ‚public preposition‘.