1976, Lugano. Lives in Lund.
The elements that make up Freis work graffiti, mirrored tables, found and invented chairs, constructed walls are all a response to two pre-existing situations. One is the building of the old Tobacco Warehouse from which the piece takes its name. The other is Oda Projesis new book, produced for the Biennial.
Freis starting point was the ground floor space with its large loading door, wooden ceiling, columns and tiled floor. Emphasising these through his additions, he wants to create a kind of hybrid space, open to the surrounding neighbourhood while claiming its own integrity as a dynamic location whose purpose is still in flux. Oda Projesis book is exploded into three dimensions through the graffiti, a transgression of the public/private divide that also links the whole work to the idea of the squatter movement that often uses graffiti to declare occupation of a building.
The work establishes a place where the public and the private come together to create new possibility, something that mirrors Oda Projesis own working method. However, the construction of the work also relates to Freis research into the Swiss sociologist Albert Meisters book La soi-disant utopie du centre beaubourg (The so-called utopia of the beaubourg centre) which refers to Paris main contemporary cultural venue. The book begins with the author discovering a method of creating big holes, whose content disappears. He thus creates a 70-storey alternative beaubourg underneath the existing one and after a while small beaubourgs begin to appear across Europe in apartments, disused office spaces, factories etc. In these spaces there are libraries, places for meetings, living, working, eating and loving. Freis work here imagines that proposal realised, using the materials he has at hand in the city. The work is produced in collaboration with graffiti artists, Tunç TURBO Dindaş - S2K, WYNE - S2K, ARİ ALPERT and #flypropaganda#.