The Funcenter wanted to host and realize all the desires and dreams of its guests for one night. We transformed Westgermany - a concert place that is located in a smashed and ripped down doctor´s office - into a mix of club, spa and spiritual centre. The invitation card for the opening ceremony said: “The Funcenter is a place people come to because they are looking for something. The more free time we have in the future, the more we have to spend that time: recreation, relaxation, relationships and new experiences. We will hang around half-naked in very heated rooms or dancing body-to-body into trance. Quality time. The Funcenter is a place people come to because they are looking for something. But it’s maybe not there. (...) Please dress in white sexy clothes for the ceremony and bring your towel or bathrobe and flip flops to use the spa.”
you see: walk through the Funcenter, video edited by Yvi Philipp
you see: floor plan
you see: view of everyday Westgermany and view inside model “geplanter Umbau Westgermany”
you see: publication front page and p.30-31
text says “No photos or film. Switch off your mobilephones. Chat about future or past related topics is taboo.”
you see: only photo of the opening night that was taken in the sauna
For the private preview some guests could visit the facilities the day before the opening. In an installation we showed videos, photos, drawings and a model of the planned modifications of Westgermany into the Funcenter, which was completed also in some parts.
We celebrated the opening of the Funcenter with 150 guests. They were received by Rene and Loic at the cloakroom and were offered “Lean Mean Green” and “processed OJ” at the wellness bar and the most incredible view on Kottbusser Tor from the rooftop with a pool. Yvi Philipps sound mashup “Instruction Sheets and Love Poems” started the evening. Afterwards we followed Lara Martinez Performance “The Softest Porn” into one of the small private rooms, in the back in between the two dark rooms and the spy room, from where you could see all the rooms of the Funcenter via cctv. On the dance floor there was a concert of Nunofyrbeeswax and the night was closed by a Thunder Touchdown.
At the Funcenter creates a link in between exhibition, performance and club. Idea and conception were developed in collaboration with Yvi Philipp.
exhibition from 16 - 18 February 2018 at Westgermany Berlin
publication At the Funcenter, 2018