Felix Rössl is an architectural historian currently based in London. His project “Rampant Mediocrity?” reconsiders the architectural art of the German Democratic Republic. In the years after German reunification this art was attacked for being historically and politically compromised as well as for being of mediocre artistic value. The project focuses on Martin Maleschka’s collection of more than 4000 photos of architectural art on Flickr revealing the need to reconsider these artworks. This resource is consulted to develop a systematization of Maleschka’s work taking inspiration from the taxonomical approach of the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher and taking into account the special features of the publishing platform itself. The systematization is composed of five key characteristics that are open to evolve with the continuous stream of images being uploaded onto Flickr. Considering the geographic, historic and even linguistic remoteness from the art objects themselves, the project takes the opportunity to see them with fresh eyes and finally to embrace the disregarded qualities of supposedly mediocre art.
Felix has been publishing his work on architectural history and theory since 2013 and currently finishes his Architecture degree in Weimar with a scholarship of the Bauhaus-University.