An Empty Box • An Open Space • A Single Thought • Leaves A Trace • Light

And Shade • Time And Space • M. I. N. I. M. A. L.

(Pet Shop Boys, 2006)


In 2019 A trans, switching off with the project space Vitrine 01, will arrange the show window program at the Birkenstraße subway station.

A trans will deal with the theme A Minimal City in the coming year and invites you to view six artistic positions. A Minimal City opens up a zone to think about what could be the lowest common (i.e. – minimal) denominator to the topic of urbanity and cities from an artistic and architectural point of view.

What makes a city become a city? What is the difference between it and the periphery, landscape, or nature? Where do they separate and where do they melt together? Are the differences noticeable, existential, or only minimal? Are these categorizations even still comprehensible?

The concept of minimal art started in the United States in the early 1960’s as a counter-current to the European art movements of the time. ABC art, as it was sometimes called, aspired to a deliberate simplicity. Objectivity, clarity, as well as serial and industrial production created its own sense of order. Related terms such as downshifting, minimal effect, simplicity, or fractional are today reflected by the city and its residents. Current trends and counter-movements bring “emptiness and fullness” back into the discourse.

The new A trans space, the Vitrine 01 is a simple glass cabinet in a normal Berlin subway station.

The protagonists are invited to present, quite literally, “stopping points” for passersby, passing trains, and visitors to the station to reflect upon.

A trans welcome at Vitrine 01:

Michael J.Birn (Berlin), Marcus Golter (Germany), Rajan Ritoe (Netherlands), Ellinor Euler (Berlin),  KRAATZ (EU),  Vagaram Choudhary (India) plus special guests

The other collaboration will be with:

A trans Campus /Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Platforms project Athens 2019 /Concha Argüeso (Berlin ), B-LA Connect (Exchange project spaces)


The art project space Vitrine 01 is run by Franziska Harnisch. The artists invited by her will have an intensely critical look at the characteristics of the space itself and the placement of Vitrine 01. Simultaneously in 2019 Franziska Harnisch will begin a workshop series titled, “Learning to Wait”.

Presented by A TRANS c/o Vitrine 01



17.1. — 14.2.2019   |   Open Hours permanently



Vitrine 01 at U- Bahnhof Birkenstrasse, 10559 Berlin




Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM



Isolde Nagel, A TRANS

The artist is present.


The Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe in 1951 is an icon of modernism. In Safe for the Wave the building stands on a cliff by the sea. The remains of a glass superstructure around it tell of efforts to protect the house from a tsunami that never came. The interior decorating, made up of second hand furniture and banal everyday objects, also questions the ideals of modernism. A return to nature? But of what sort?


Michael Birn (born 1976) is an architect, painter, and set designer. His architectural models, paintings, and stage designs work with the relationship between space and narrative. In 2008 he was a Schlubach-Hirschmeier Scholar at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Since 2017 he teaches production design at the Filmuniversität Potsdam.

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