Die Raeume presents a small collection of concrete casts molded inside the shower cabins and changing rooms of the Stadtbad Oderberger Straße — the former public bath located next door to die raum. The casts poetically depict detailed sections of the old tile walls with traces of removed fixtures, as well as hollowed-out drainage cavities. Referencing the concrete materiality of die raum and its shower cabin-like dimensions, the installation establishes a physical and aesthetic link between the bath and the exhibition space, between a listed historical monument and a recently built room devoid of history.
Die Raeume functions as a documentation or “salvage” of the otherwise unnoticed surfaces and cavities of an historic public structure before its impending renovation and transformation into a new privatized entity. In his work Erik Smith often focuses on transitional sites, addressing moments of rupture and the fragmentation of meaning underlying the processes of urban regeneration. Through a series of cast fragments, Die Raeume narrates this inevitable slippage of meaning set within the physical and social context of die raum.