Eva Kaczor is an essential element in Berlin’s contemporary art world. With a steady finger on the pulse of the German capital’s art scene, Kaczor’s brainchild, ARTberlin, has established itself as one of the city’s primary contemporary art platforms, despite its short existence. Here, Kaczor discusses the intersection between art and design, determining relevance and her latest source of inspiration.
Where do you see the intersection between art and design?
I think design is most beautiful if it doesn’t heed to the expectation of having to design something. That’s when design becomes art.
What design aesthetic are you attracted to?
I’m attracted to design that speaks to me; design that is more than just its surface structure, and if it gets to the point of what it is about. I’m afraid to say it, but I love the old Porsche 911 E Targa. My heart opens when I see it.
How is relevance determined in art and designed?
To me, relevance in art is always resonance. You can argue about taste, but not about art. Art is relevant if it touches something beyond what we can explain. I think the same way about design, but it’s not as emotional.
What is the most inspiring thing you’ve encountered recently?
I just went through a pretty intense yoga training in New York. My teachers’ life style blew me away. It inspired and energized me. I’m supported by a completely new source of energy.
Which MONOQI section do you like most?
I like the new minimum used section, in which MONOQI offers exhibition pieces, limited editions, and discontinued items. And yes, I want the Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe. In a warm chestnut tone.
Artist Jörg Schweikart’s large-format, analogue nature photographs were taken in Iceland and belong to the ‘Nature & Machines’ series (2011). They reflect his interest in ‘healing places’.