*1972 in Augsburg, lives in Berlin
Fabian Lippert studied architecture at the Technical University of Dortmund, the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona and Berlin University of the Arts. The focal points of his work include traditional architecture projects, art-in-construction projects and furniture design. He runs Architekturbüro LKA-Berlin with Sandra Kavelly.
“What Matters” was the question andtatement of 2022 presentation of works by the JUNGE AKADEMIE, the interdisciplinary and international artist-in-residence programme of the Akademie der Künste. In an exhibition and a multifaceted programme including screenings, concerts and readings, 29 fellows from all of the Akademie’s art sections presented sound and video installations, photographs, sculptures, paintings and performances they developed during their studio residencies in the Hansaviertel in Berlin and at Villa Serpentara in Olevano, Italy.
“What Matters” is not to be understood as the title of a thematic exhibition but rather indicates the diversity of questions, perspectives and realities that are interlaced in an artist residency, while emphasising their urgency. The exhibition focused on the artists’ individual approaches that encompass a broad spectrum of themes: from questions about the transformation of societies and their expression in relation to the urban space and landscape, to interrelations between the individual and social systems such as state, religion and the economy, to reflections on body images and conceptions of history, personal archives and the intertwining of nature, technology and culture.
What matters is artistic testimony, poetic resistance and the imagining of sustainable futures in the face of global tipping points – whether climatic or political in nature. Two years into the pandemic and the associated restrictions, “What Matters” was the most comprehensive presentation of works to date by the JUNGE AKADEMIE.
To quote one of the fellows: “What matters? Make them see…”
Serpentara Furniture (2019–2022)
Fabian Lippert designed a furniture series for Villa Serpentara. In the designs, he interpreted forms found on site and their historical context. The starting point was mainly formal questions such as arches in old and new architecture as well as everyday urban details, for example standard furniture or individually made railings. The architect was also inspired by the collection of extraordinary historical furniture at the Castle of Olevano.
Villa Serpentara in Olevano Romano with its oak grove is (still) reminiscent of the longing for an ideal Arcadia, a harmonic connection between nature and an environment designed by humans – integration into nature stands in contrast to life in the big city. Staying at the villa provides an opportunity to examine one’s understanding of everyday life in Berlin. It is about the feeling of independence and self-reliance as well as the romantic ideal of creativity in the loneliness of nature.