Describe your apartment to someone with the aid of pen and paper. After the furniture, you will stick to the walls – where they are located in the plan, until at certain points or corners you become unsure. In the models ”Doors for Walls” all of the walls have been removed, and yet there is a clear idea of the apartment. Only the openings in the walls – the doors – are used. They are captured in the correct vertical positions, above the surface of the floor. Admittedly, the doors themselves stayed at home. They have been captured on photographs, transferred to transparent plates, which represent the doors in the models. Now doors are indeed switches and gears, and as such, they have multiple functions. They can separate or connect – or half closed, do both. And so, in these images of doors on the site of the doors, sometimes one stands in front of a closed door, sometimes one can see into the room. Because the plates representing the doors are half-transparent, one looks at the studio apartment room with a changed perspective of the model room. Yes, in order to be quite correct, one can see a third room, the exhibition space, in the background and in the reflections of the plates. So here, there is some overlapping, some shifting, which reminds us of listening or remembering. Without these kinds of overlaps and shifts of things past and present, it would not be possible to either listen or remember. When walking through it, each visitor will experience the model space, which is in 1:1 scale, in different ways, but in any case, it will not be experienced as one experiences the original. After all, one goes through the doors here, and there, through the wall. In this case, one could even call them ”silent surfaces”, in the way graphic designers speak of ”silent lines”. They are only there because our imagination creates them by connecting the points. Under these conditions, the absence (of lines, surfaces, etc.) has an effective advantage over the presence: the viewer puts himself into the game. And this is how spaces without walls want to be performed.
Joachim Krausse, Berlin 2003.