“The surveillance police booth is cloaked in dense, black, domestic curtains thus preventing the inherent function of the one way mirror,” writes artist Adrian Lohmüller, setting the stage for his installation Blind Study II (A Psychology of Building). Lohmüller’s enigmatic environment will be the inaugural exhibition for The Koban Project, a new experimental art space located on the SW corner or Charles and Lanvale in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Employing domestic materials Lohmüller will subvert the assumed function of the former police station, preventing its use as a site of voyeurism and scrutiny. A study, perched atop the police box itself and thus outside the gaze of the authorities, welcomes viewers to engage with Glenn Robert Lym’s text “A Psychology of Building,” or perhaps contemplate what books they might line the otherwise empty shelves with. The installation includes a sound piece by Meghan Tomeo. From the interior of the cloaked booth emanate voices of people recounting intimate spatial experiences and their positions within their immediate architectural surroundings.
“Here the public realm protects itself against the harmful gaze of control under which it cannot be completely free. Granting a lack of control over criminal activity further demands a definition of what can be criminal to begin with.”
Please join us Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 3-6PM at the Café Sage (34 E Lanvale Street) for a reception with the artists and organizers of The Koban Project.