Kari Lisa Johnson

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp used mixed media (textile, dance, watercolor, puppetry) to integrate the artistic experience with society. As a prominent figure at Cabaret Voltaire, she underscored the distance between "new" forms of artistry from classical ideas about painting and sculpture. I also thought she was interesting for her personal emphasis on democratizing art through the use of nontraditional handicrafts

Her work "Draft for the tearoom on the ground floor of the Café Aubette"

is an abstract architectural design for the interior space of one of the rooms in L'Aubette in Strasbourg, which she renovated with her husband. They divided the design and labor for massive project with a friend, van Doesburg, finally finishing and opening the rooms in 1928. The performance/artistic space lost popularity during Nazi occupation. Although the design was covered over, the notes and plans remain as an example of radical implementation of a unified space.
"Taeuber wanted to create the kind of art that would provide the modern, scientifically and technically determined era and the people who lived in it with an adequate esthetic experience by means of a reduction to elementary, autonomous images..." ("Sophie Taeuber-Arp and the Interrelation of the Arts" Willy Rotzler and Maureen Oberli-Turner. The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts © 1993 Florida International University Board of Trustees on behalf of The Wolfsonian-FIU)
In my interpretation, I modernized the tearoom/café into a teabar/cybercafé. Otherwise, I tried to reproduce the draft as faithfully as I could, using a program to craft a three dimensional model. I kept the same color scheme because I thought it significant that the stiff concrete rectangles (representative of postwar modernity) clashed with the traditional ideas about what a lavender "tearoom" should be. In all of the rooms in the Cafe Aubette, the artists emphasized the distinctness of color and architecture (using a mixture of Ostwald's color theory and ideas unique to De Stijl).
My model, made in Google Sketchup, seems an apt reflection of the information age. My design exists only in the theoretical realm, giving it an immortality to contrast with Taeuber's completed tearoom, which was destroyed. Paintings commemorate some of the stained glass patterns and other details...making the actual Aubette mostly theoretical as well, although attempts have been made to recover the original. Rather than reproduce Taeuber's mural details exactly, with horizontal and vertical patterns, I decided to incorporate binary code. As in the original, where the white, maroon and blue patches mimic the larger structure of the design, my version uses the same kind of meta-modeling---referencing the fact that it is made up of, at the most fundamental level, zeros and ones.
It is ambiguous, in both the draft and the photograph of the finished room, whether the larger rectangles have any three dimensional elements. I invite any potential collector to play with the push/ pull function, to see what the room might look like with the rectangles all existing on different planes. By including spectators in the design process, I am paying homage to the magazine De Stijl, which published the working plans and drafts of L'Aubette.
This is a still of the completed model, which is available for the public to download on 3d warehouse. It's the first link that comes up when anyone searches dada, looking for google models. The next two are mistakes. Ignore those! Hypothetically anyone could comment on or alter my model and repost. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ Also, anyone can repost the model on google earth.

 Curatorial Project


"playing pretend---deconstructing the narrative"

is an exhibition about art and imagination. Some pieces ask viewers to literally step into a playworld. Other artwork prompts them to create narrative structure around found objects. All allow the observer to play pretend.

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