Instead of approaching these issues theoretically, 'Zwischenraum : Space Between' wants to look into the subject in a hands-on manner. In focusing on and treating processual, dialogical and social situations (be it artist talks, performances, lectures, etc.) equally important, the evolution of dialogue and production hopes to find a visible site at the Kunstverein. Works by Oliver Bulas, Nick Evans, Julia Horstmann, Alon Levin, Ingrid Lonningdal, Ciara Phillips et al.
curated by Annette Hans, Anne Szefer Karlsen and Jamie Kenyon
Last year the Kunstverein Hamburg approached Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, SMART Project Space Amsterdam and SWG3, Glasgow to participate in a series of meetings in which to jointly develop a pro- gram for the fall of 2010. The outcome of the collaboration so far is an exhibition and a public program taking place from mid-October until the end of November 2010 at the Kunstverein Hamburg. This agenda aims to let contemporary art be experienced as relevant and lively part in life. Instead of tradi- tional representation in exhibitions, dialogue and exchange, production and process, in short the integra- tion of art in a situational reality is placed in the foreground.
The Kunstvereins aim being mainly on the presentation of contemporary art, “Zwischenraum : Space Between” will remain true to that mission. It is conceived to approach the potential of the exhibition format as a site of production and framework for collaboration. The groundwork for this is the artists to be present. Because without artists no production and without presence no intensive, collaborative dia- logue–amongst each other, with the organizing parties, with the members, the artists in the city and the general public.
To achieve a close dialogue a residency will be installed. The residency is connected to (but not for) an exhibition at the Kunstverein and a public program over the course of the exhibition. This set-up opens up the possibility of applying the flexibility and the processuality of the art work to the situation of the exhibition. During its running time this dialogue will manifest within the presentation and change its appearance on smaller and bigger terms.
The overall program, constituted by the residency, the exhibition and the public program, sets out to reflect on production, its means and its necessities. How can it be located in or connected to an institu- tion, in a specific city and how can – as the Kunstverein Hamburg is an exhibition space and therefore publicly visible – an exhibition be shaped to make the process of production tangible? And does not freeze the process; as the exhibition's duty is to mediate art. And this mediation is not in hand-outs to visitors but in the art work itself, in its performative strength.
Instead of approaching these issues theoretically, “Zwischenraum : Space Between” wants to look into the subject in a hands-on manner. This means developing the project collaboratively and in ongoing dialogue. The project aims to set mere display aside for a moment to fuse it with „performance“. Starting mid-September the residency extends into the running period of the exhibition. This „extension“ is meant to allow the residents to actively accompany the exhibition with talks, presentations, screenings, performances–either by themselves or other people invited into a public program residency–or to make alterations to the exhibition if this should prove fit.
In focusing on and treating processual, dialogical and social situations (be it artist talks, performances, lectures, etc.) equally important, the evolution of dialogue and production hopes to find a visible site at the Kunstverein.
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Image: Ingrid Lonningdal et al., Monday: Exploring Oslo’s fjordside development
Foto / photo: Pablo Castro / Institutt for Farge
Opening of the exhibition Friday, October 15, 2010, 7 pm
Klosterwall 23 - Hamburg
Tuesday – Sunday and Public Holidays 12 am – 6 pm
Admission 3 Euro / Reduced 1,50 Euro