Presentation of the exhibition program in a new dedicated space
Established in 1917, Kunsthal Aarhus is a contemporary art institution located in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Kunsthal Aarhus provides a collaborative and transdisciplinary platform for artistic experimentation and critical engagement. Since 2012, Kunsthal Aarhus has initiated an artistic programme based on two year research themes. Its first iteration SYSTEMICS - explored the intersections of contemporary art and media technologies, through the historical influence of cybernetics and network theory. Taking this as a point of departure especially the last exhibition that unfolded through multiple collaborative platforms the new programme for 2015-2016 explores the notion of COLLECTIVE MAKING. During the two-year period, Kunsthal Aarhus turns its attention to collective processes of production by exploring the practices of historical artist associations and contemporary art collectives. The new programme unfolds through parallel formats - exhibitions, open calls, online art commissions, public art commissions, critical writing, and a public programme of talks and discussions. The core exhibition programme explores the following subthemes: the radical sharing practices encouraged by open source principles (Extreme Sharing); the transformation of the DIY ethos into a collective form (Do It / With Others); engagement with globalised flows of objects and collective labour (Worldly Subjects); and finally, through practices that extend human agency to include the nonhuman (Forensic Imagination). In a new dedicated space, the programme is anchored around PrayWay - a work by the collective Slavs and Tatars - providing an ongoing platform for hospitality, conviviality, conversations, talks, and other collective activities.