Espace Surplus - literally "surplus room" - was founded in September 2006 by Bettina Springer in her apartment in the Knaackstrasse. The name is based on the double use of the rooms - the apartment and the exhibition space - in the absence of space. And yet "Espace Surplus" can also be literally understood as the relativity of space, combined with the appeal to create and adapt spaces everywhere and at any time.
The core of the work of Espace Surplus is " Site-Specific Art ", which is specific to the place, but which does not refer solely to the physical location. In times when the formerly consumption-critical attitude of location-specific art works becomes more and more eroded, it is important to focus again on art and the surrounding space / place. Precisely because the rapid developments in the art market suggest something else and the museum practice is different, the ever-faster market cycle has to be stopped and there must be a moment in which art is in its special place.
The assignment to a "place" here is to be understood not only as spatial, phenomenological location, but also as societal-critical and conceptual discursive. This reference of the work is to be understood as a counter-design to the autonomous, free-floating art work.
To see how art changes space, discourse, its context, and vice versa is so exciting! The pressure of increasingly fast marketability and easier consumption must necessarily ignore this.