November 24. ‘Local Encounters #5: Marie Graftieaux and Nora Mayr/ in situ’ Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

insitu is a Berlin-based collective consisting of the curators Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid and was established in Autumn 2012. The name insitu refers to the team’s understanding of curatorial practice as being necessarily »in situ« in terms of cultural, social and geographic spaces. Insitu collective is interested in experimenting with curatorial formats – How can we change the behavior of visitors in an exhibition? How can the encounter with an individual artwork be re-thought?

In 2015 insitu collective was awarded the Prize for Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives by the Berlin Senate. The team has exhibited at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Another Space, Copenhagen, taken part in talks for Aarhus Art Weekend 2015. Insitu collective curated an exhibition at Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark, as part of Aarhus – 2017 European Capital of Culture.
Further, the insitu team initiated the Project Space Festival Berlin and directed it 2014-2015. From 2016 the project is directed with a changing management team.
Based as a project space in Berlin-Tiergarten from 2013 through mid-2017, insitu collective is now further exploring narratives within exhibitions and creating engaging scenographies without a fixed space. The collective is expanding its practice to locations of diverse forms, geographies and scales.
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Nora Mayr (1982, Austria)
Nora Mayr is an independent curator working in Berlin. After completing her studies of Communication Science and Art History at the universities of Vienna and Utrecht in 2008, she was responsible for the International Studio Programme of Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin for three years. Since 2012 she had been co-director of the exhibition space insitu, Berlin, as well as is a co-founder of the Project Space Festival Berlin. Amongst others she curated the following projects:’Open Lab: Irreversible Moment’ at Schering Stiftung Berlin (2016), ‘Home Stories’ at Villa 102, Frankfurt am Main (Co-curator Dr. Nicola Müllerschön 2013), ‘Kann es Liebe sein?’ at Grimmuseum, Berlin; Cercle Cité, Luxembourg; Sammlung Lenkius and Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna (Co-curator Gilles Neiens 2012).
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Marie Graftieaux (1981, France)
From 2012, co-director of the project space insitu, Berlin and from 2012-2015, co-director of the project space Nun, Berlin (www.nun-berlin.com). Former curatorial experiences include group shows at Lage Egal, Berlin (2011), Dial at Limbus Europea, Berlin (2010). Work experiences include assistant of Management Director at Esther Schipper (2016-2017), manager at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin (2008-2013), gallery assistant at Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2007), coordination of the association of the National FRAC, France (2006) and Project Coordinator at Pompidou (2005). Education: Master II of Contemporary Art Practices, Sorbonne-Paris IV.
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Local Encounters: 

This program aims at introducing to you a series of local projects, with a recognized trajectory and fully engaged in the local scene. The agents invited to present their projects are key practitioners to enter in contact with the diversity of the art spheres in Berlin. The objective of these encounters is twofolded: On the one hand, they will facilitate a deeper knowledge of the cultural infrastructure of the city; on the other hand, they will provide the chance of a series of meetings in an informal atmosphere that might facilitate long time contacts.

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