The project space shuttle is a multiple-part exhibition project initiated by Kunstlerhaus Dortmund. It is based on the concept of an exchange of space and ideas with artist initiatives in Vienna that share common interests with Kunstlerhaus Dormund. Even the Viennese exhibition remains true to the concept of not having any predetermined specifications, allowing for insight into the diversity of artistic production from Dortmund.
Julian Faulhaber / Ulrike Harbach / Horst Herz / Reinhild Kuhn / Ulrike Stockhaus / Jens Sundheim / Hannes Woidich
The project space shuttle is a multiple-part exhibition project initiated by Künstlerhaus Dortmund. It is based on the concept of an exchange of space and ideas with artist initiatives in Vienna that share common interests, both conceptually and in content, with Künstlerhaus Dormund. Critical factors for the selection of project partners included the consideration of how resources and space are managed, the partner’s programmatic goals, as well as the program’s engagement curatorially (with projects and exhibitions), where their own artistic work is mostly excluded.
With these thoughts in mind, a decision was made to collaborate with three groups: the collective of the Fotogalerie Wien, the team at Medienwerkstatt Wien and the masc foundation/39 dada, with the further idea of taking a look “behind the scenes” and thereby setting a focus on the works of artist-curators themselves.
The artists of these institutions were invited to the first round of the project, space shuttle 1.0, that took place in June 2008 at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund to present their works, which were independently chosen from their own artistic repertoires without a thematic or formal corset.
This first exhibition was an exciting experience for everyone, both in regards to the discourse between the various artistic works and the contact with Künstlerhaus Dortmund and its artists, combined with a dynamic exchange of information and experience.
The second round, space shuttle 2.0, will take place in October and November 2009 with an exhibition of works from members of Künstlerhaus Dortmund in institutions in Vienna: the Fotogalerie Wien, Medienwerkstatt Wien, masc foundation/39 dada, thereby completing the project.
Even the Viennese exhibition remains true to the concept of not having any predetermined specifications, allowing for insight into the diversity of artistic production from Dortmund.
A guided tour of the exhibition on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 offers a “shuttle through space” in all three institutions, thereby providing an overview of the works.
PROFILE OF KÜNSTLERHAUS DORTMUND
The Künstlerhaus is a platform for works of all artistic forms: painting, sculpture, graphic arts as well as photography, film, video, installations and new media. This spectrum is reflected both in members’ fields of work, and in the exhibitions organized by the members as group exhibitions and exclusively for artists who are not members of the Künstlerhaus. The emphasis is on contemporary and experimental art and especially supports young artists who are not yet established.
Besides resident museums, art associations and galleries with their traditional individual presentations or primarily economic interests, the Künstlerhaus invigorates Dortmund’s art scene with a unique place. The Künstlerhaus provides an open space offering a good working climate to local artists as well as to those from abroad. Additionally, it diffuses visitors’ initial threshold fears through direct communication.
Opening: Monday, October 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Währinger Strasse 59/WUK, 1090 Vienna
Tue-Fri 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., closed on holidays free admission