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German artist Michael Beutler discusses his practice and forthcoming Spike Island exhibition, his first in a UK public art gallery, from 16 April to 19 June 2016.

Beutler works in situ and always uses industrial materials, which he repurposes and reinterprets in large-scale installations with the help of hand-built tools. The way he works involves a great number of collaborators, who play a fundamental role in his making process. The social structure of the team typically acts as a catalyst for the development of the exhibition as a whole.


Michael Beutler is interested in industrial production processes, serialisation, modularity, standardised collective fantasies of architecture and design, makeshift constructions, recycling, DIY, prototyping and other alternative forms of architecture. As with two of his most recent exhibitions, Haus Beutler at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2014) and La Loge, Brussels (2014–2015), and Moby Dick, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2015), Beutler’s installation at Spike Island includes models, material studies, photo and video documentations as well as fragments of earlier projects.

Part of the UWE Fine Art / Art in the City Lecture Series.

Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council,  University of the West of England in association with Spike Island.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.