Be My Guest – or Would You Like to be the Host?

Curated Infrastructure

Neele Marie Denker

März / March - 2023

Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

Master of Arts


In March 23, the spce gallery hosted a curated infrastructure, designed by Denker, which brought together accomplices, friends, thinkers, artists, and designers for workshops, talks, dinners, discourses, collaborations and commonality according to the principle of invitation. Hospitality, for all its generosity, is a complex concept. Often reduced to sociability or reciprocity, it initially seems to have fundamentally positive connotations. Denker explores the potential of hospitality and its relevance for the curatorial in search of a spatial shape of hospitality. Popular elements of a situation based on hospitality form the basis of the discussion: the table, the gift, and the invitation. Rather than foregrounding the common form of exhibition presentation, "Be my guest" situationally explores the conditions and possibilities it takes to be a host and a guest. Collaboration in this process is central and expands the sense of urgency in which gatherings are rethought and renegotiated.