Dear Guest: On The State Of The Short-stay Home by Volker AlbusDear Guest: On The State Of The Short-stay Home by Volker Albus

Dear Guest: On The State Of The Short-stay Home

byVolker Albus, Klaus Klemp

Paperback | January 14, 1997

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Volker Albus's photographs reveal the common functionality that defines modern hotel culture.
Title:Dear Guest: On The State Of The Short-stay HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:79 pages, 10.92 × 9.32 × 0.41 inPublished:January 14, 1997Publisher:Edition Axel Menges

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ISBN - 10:393069882X

ISBN - 13:9783930698820

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What does a traveller expect, need or want in his hotel room? What is the difference between Goethe staying in guest-houses on his Italian Journey and a global traveller's business stay in the last years of the 20th century?For the last two decades Volker Albus has been taking the measure of hotel rooms with a 35 mm camera on his numerous journeys; he captures them as they confront us when we open the door more or less expectantly after our travels. What is revealed there as our home for 24 hours usually turns out to be the constantly recurring monotony of a hotel culture that feels itself committed to a strange functionality and efficiency.The hotel room with minibar, television, telephone and security door becomes a capsule for a segregated guest who is probably already inclined to autism. Attacks by robbers of the kind portrayed by Goethe in his travel writing have long been a thing of the past, and so has the social platform provided by the grand hotel at the turn of the century, when a bourgeoisie hungry for emancipation and a nobility that culturally still represented a standard met in the grandiose ballrooms of the late 19th century.Hotels in the late- and post-industrial period are developing their own formal language. Here the nucleus is formed by the hotel room itself and its furnishings. The >>western hotelVolker Albus's photographs document and clarify these elements of what is felt to be necessary. It istheir distanced way of looking at things that reveals the state and standard of a mobile world society that sees staying in a hotel more as a necessary evil than the >>art of travelVolker Albus studied architecture and has worked on general and exhibition design since the early 80s. He is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. Klaus Klemp studied design, art history and history. He is Director of the Culture Department of the Amt fur Wissenschaft und Kunst and of the municipal Galerie im Karmeliterkloster in Frank