Tully Arnot, Geta Brătescu, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Franziska Furter, Antonia Low, Reto Pulfer, Chulayarnnon Siriphol

Exhibition curated by insitu collective
(Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens, Lauren Reid)

23 January – 5 March 2016
insitu, Berlin

Tully Arnot Nervous Plant 2016. 
Courtesy the artist

“I sail into the darkness”

Iris Murdoch, British novelist and philosopher, 1997

Madeleine’s memories are starting to falter. She moves along unfamiliar routes. Faces and places are blurred, the hour of the day has no meaning, and time itself makes leaps: in one minute Madeleine is 50 years old and in another, she is 84. Her reality shifts, at any moment she might find herself opposite her mother, sister or child.

Madeleine loses her orientation – she leaves the world of language, cognition and knowledge. She feels rather than understands, though sometimes feelings remain enigmatic. She loses control over her

A certain sensation of security comes when she is at home. Here, her actions and movements function automatically. Songs of childhood are carefree moments washing over her. For Madeleine, the familiar can seem strange and the strange may be familiar.


Madeleine is part of insitu collective’s Cycle III in which we present four group exhibitions, developed as if they were fictional characters. Each character is based on either a particular psychological profile, personality trait or an existing character found in literature, film or music.

left: Madeleine (install view)
Photo: Marie Graftieaux
right: Geta Brătescu The Hands. For the eye, the hand of my body reconstitutes my portrait 1977.
Courtesy the artist, Ivan Gallery Bucharest, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

Franziska Furter Rime 2005 Floor installation, carpet, glass.
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Markus Georg

Madeleine (install view) 2016.
Photo: Marie Graftieaux

Reto Pulfer, Töpfe Gina Demenz (install view) 2016
Photo: Markus Georg

Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Ghost Orb / Round Object (film still) 2007.
Courtesy the artist


February exhibitions: Six not to miss, Amanda Ribas Tugwell, Exberliner, February issue
This Exhibition Explores Dementia Through Sensations, Will Furtado, Sleek Magazine [online] 02/02/16
Alles zerbricht: die Schau Madeleine im Projektraum insitu umkreist das Thema Demenz, Tip Issue 04/2016 11 - 24 February