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Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou

14 April – 14 July 2010

Curated by Christine Macel (catalog)

Part of Promises of the Past, curated by Christine Macel and Joanna Mitkowska. (catalog)


A hybrid memory of two cinema spaces becomes a vehicle for designing the show at Espace 315 – a distant memory of the Šiška Cinema in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia from the 1970s is mingled with the memory of a similar cinema space in GDR Berlin, Cinema International. The latter, built at a striking location right off of Karl-Marx Allee, served as a model of a new socialist cinema architecture. Šiška Cinema was designed and built around the same time in the late 1950s, as a large neighborhood cinema at the center of a sprawling development of northeastern Ljubljana which started after WW2. The typology of both buildings follows the same logic – a lower level ticket office is contrasted by the upper panoramic lobby wherefrom visitors descent into a cavernous cinema auditorium.


Courtesy of Galerija Gregor Podnar; photography by Georges Mèguerditchian

Tobias Putrih Studio & Workshop

Tobias Putrih, Aleš Korpič, Jure Mežek & STRID fabricators


We develop materially ephemeral settings and objects designed to engage utopian ideas in art, architecture and design by incorporating everyday materials and forms of play and participation. From make-shift modifications of public and semi-public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries—to constructing temporary environments and objects, works are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites. Many of  spaces and objects are activated—meant to be moved and inhabited, privileging play and bodily engagement. Artworks become proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities.


Tobias Putrih C.V.


  • Book published by JPR & Neuberger Museum (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Centre Pompidou (Amazon)
  • Catalog by MIT List Visual Arts Center (Listart)
  • Catalog by Galeria Civica (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Haus Konstruktiv)