Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.

19.04.17 - 04.07.18

Features Armen Avanessian, Felix Burrichter, Gustav Düsing, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Jörg Fingerhut, Gonzalez Haase, Hannes Grassegger, Shawn Maximo, June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, Tom McCarthy, Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, Marie-France Rafael, Salvage Art Institute, Nadim Samman, Something Fantastic, Quentin Walesch, Mark Wasiuta and many more.

Programm and Concept
Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm

What if we stop dreaming about past and future and instead perceive the present as a space where all times exist simultaneously? A space, in which the idea of time as a linear structure of past–present–future is only one possibility of many? Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets. derives from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island: A book about the impossibility to reach the present, a story about the failure to write the ‘Great Report’ on our contemporary society. Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets. is not an event, nor an exhibition or symposium. It’s not a series of settings, it’s a theme that forms a program. Over the course of 15 months, new and unsecured narrative structures, pattern formations, connections and conditions in art, literature, architecture and science will be investigated from different perspectives: Talking about the ‘present’ inobvious and hidden ways, in classical formats and fictions, at BNKR, in the urban spaces of Munich and in other cities, simultaneously, in parallel, consecutively.

Architecture (April 2017 – July 2018)

The intention behind the architecture for “Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.” by Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge stems from the idea of softening the hard edges of the concrete walls and ceilings of the bunker. To do this there will be strings throughout the exhibition both in the exhibition rooms as well as in the hallways and staircases. By using string that spans both short and long distances as well as traveling on multiple elevations the spaces become dynamically connected to one another. Here, another layer of information and shape is added to an otherwise harsh form. Furthermore, because of the flexibility and distinct qualities of the string they become an installation that can be used for a multitude of different events and shows while also being able to stand alone as a single body.

U’s Office (April 2017 – July 2018)

In BNKR’s basement, the office of Satin Island’s protagonist “U” will be set up as a physical reenactment. Directed by Tom McCarthy Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm will present research over the course of the next 15 month on the beauty of oil spills, the significance of parachute crashes or the connection between Levi’s jeans and philosophy – giving Tom McCarthy’s absence greatest visibility and presence.

Film as Exhibition / Exhibition as Film (April 2017 – July 2018)

As the program begins, Marie-France Rafael in cooperation with An Laphan will start working on Film as Exhibition / Exhibition as Film that will be produced/presented over the course of the program’s runtime: As the production of the movie merges with the program, filming process, montage and post-production will be exhibited thus turning BNKR into movie set and gallery space at the same time. In a recursive gesture, movie and exhibition are therefore turned actual (BNKR) and virtual (internet etc.).

Mandala/Mandela Effect (April 2017 – July 2018)

The first edition of the program’s publication series, developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm with Quentin Walesch does not only document realized projects at BNKR but features the Mandala/Mandela Effect: “Mandela Effect” refers to collectively false memories of historical facts while the “Mandala Effect” refers to the false remembering of the Mandela effect. This way, ideas, which would make absolute sense in the context of the program but could not be realized, will be inscribed into the collective memory of Stop making sense, it‘s as good as its gets.


Concept und program: Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm
Architecture: Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge
Visual: Karl Anders, Hamburg
Media Relations: BUREAU N, Berlin
Production: pr.ojekte / Köttl + Wiemer Gbr, Munich
Photography: Elias Hassos, Munich / Dominik Gigler, Munich / Edward Beierle, Munich
BNKR: Nina Pettinato, Munich


Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets. Lucid investigations int(to) time. Photography: Edward Beierle.