Waiting for Nikolaus Hirsch

Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect and director of the Stadelschule Academy of Fine Arts and Portikus in Frankfurt. His projects focus on experimental art institutions and include the European Kunsthalle [2006-2008], unitednationsnationsplaza in Berlin [with Anton Vidokle, 2006-2008], and the Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi. Further work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue and the Hinzert Document Center. Nikolaus Hirsch has curated “ErsatzStadt: Representations of the Urban” at Volksbuhne Berlin, “Cultural Agencies” [Istanbul, 2009/10] and “Helke Bayrle – Portikus Under Construction” [2010]. He is the author of On Boundaries and Institution Building.


Nikolaus Hirsch On Boundaries

In several theoretical essays, dialogues on collaborative projects and reflections on his own work, the architect Nikolaus Hirsch explores the critical transformations of contemporary space and its effects on spatial practice. On the threshold to disciplines such as visual and performative arts (“Planning the Unpredictable” with William Forsythe) he questions the notion of “boundary”: as a phenomenon of social and political discourse, as a conflict between collaboration and authorship, as well as a physical limitation that negotiates between stable and unstable conditions.

October 2007, English/German
11 x 17 cm, 255 pages, 24 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-1-933128-10-8
€15.00 | $19.95



Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller in collaboration with Cybermohalla Ensemble

The Cybermohalla Hub


The Cybermohalla Hub is a structure designed by architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller for the Cybermohalla project that was initiated by the research institute Sarai – CSDS and Ankur – Society for Alternatives in Education and currently involves more than 70 young practitioners aged fifteen to twenty-three, who have been gathering in media labs in several poor areas of Delhi. Mohalla, which in Hindi means “neighborhood,” are places for sharing thoughts, ideas, and creative energies in the form of blogs, photographs, videos, animations, sound recordings, texts, magazines, and so forth. The Cybermohalla Hub, which during the exhibition A Question of Evidence (November 08 – April 09) will be newly erected in the Ghevra area at the city borders, is dedicated to collecting this vast database, but it is also a space giving form to such productive forces. Visual documentation evidencing the destruction, relocation, and rebuilding of the media space in the context of the urbanistic changes of Delhi will be streamed into and made available in the structure.

In collaboration with Sarai/CSDS (Delhi), Ankur – Society for Alternatives in Education, Manifesta 7, AbK Stuttgart, Engelsmann Peters Ingenieure, Daniel Dolder and the Cybermohalla Ensemble

The prototype of the Cybermohalla Hub was made possible by the generous support of Manifesta 7 and was first exhibited at “Manifesta 7 / The Rest of Now” in Bolzano (curated by Raqs Media Collective).

to be continued on…





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