Acme Studios — Karsten Bott

Supporting Artists since 1972

Karsten Bott

Hessische Kulturstiftung Residency

Karsten Bott is a German installation and conceptual artist. Karsten’s work deals primarily with everyday things and their meaning. Since 1988 he has been collecting consumer and everyday items from the middle of the 20th century to create an Archive for Contemporary History from objects ordinarily neglected by museums and archives. He then exhibits parts of this three-dimensional archive, drawing out the thematic links between objects and commenting on the mechanisms of collections and history. In 2007 Karsten published a photographic catalogue of the Archive, which contains about 2000 entries.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Gleiche Vielfache (Equal Multiples), Historisches Museum, Frankfurt (2015); Von Jedem Eins (One of Each), Kunsthalle Mainz (2011); From Trash to Treasure, Kunsthalle Kiel (2011); and Museum of Life, Castle Museum, Norwich (2007). In 1998, Karsten was part of the exhibition Deep Storage at MoMA PS1.

Hessische Kulturstiftung, Germany
Acme has managed a residency programme on behalf of Hessische Kulturstiftung since 1995, located on Lyal Road, Bow, E3. Residencies are awarded to artists for a period of 12 months, and the size of the accommodation enables the artist to bring their family or dependents for the length of residency. Based in a residential area populated by many artists, the house is well situated for access to other arts spaces and central London. Residencies are open to all artists from Germany. Applications and selection are dealt with directly by Hessische Kulturstiftung.

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