Appellbühne

Architectural intervention

 

Appellbühne was the name of an open-air stage in an abandoned holiday camp belonging to the FDJ (Free German Youth) the national youth organisation

of the DDR. In 1994 both the holiday camp and the stage had been abandoned for years and the land was sold to a West German investor. Intrigued by the peculiarity of the architecture, Hammer removed those parts of the building, which did not belong to it’s basic structure (frames, carpets, window glass, doors, cables), trimmed out weeds and vegetation, and sanded off spots and fissures, afterwards cleaning the overall surface. Through this process Hammer gave the architecture a sculptural presence.

 

The work-in-progress was documented in a set of black and white photographs and ancillary video.