Whether two- or three-dimensional, or even virtual, art is always spatial - it creates and defines space. Space_revised offered new platforms and perspectives on this age-old theme which many artists have begun to re-examine as of late.
Four institutions - also spatially separated - were collaborating on an exhibition to present a snapshot of the artistic development of "space" as an artistic theme. The GAK (Society for Contemporary Art) in Bremen focused on strategies of spatial acquisition, while the Künstlerhaus Bremen examined the opposite, i.e., the loss of space and the consequences this has on our ability to orientate ourselves. In reference to Aby Warburg, the Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg presented space as a locus of artistic thought and interpretation which can be further expanded and applied to daily life. Based on the realization that architecture does not merely function as a "container" for human needs, but forms communities and creates needs, the Kunstverein Harburg opened a "space to negotiate" the relationship between architecture and community. The exhibitions were accompanied by symposiums, film screenings, presentations, lectures and other events. A joint catalogue ties together the exhibitions at all four institutions.
Curators: Eva Birkenstock, Stefanie Böttcher, Hannes Loichinger, Britta Peters, Tim Voss and Janneke de Vries
Artists: Ian Anüll (CH), Guillaume Bijl (BE), Karla Black (UK), Cezary Bodzianowki (PL), Gwenneth Boelens (NL), Geta Bratescu (RO), Wolfgang Breuer, Franck Bragigand (NL), Elín Hansdóttir (ISL), Joachim Koester (DK), Guillaume Leblon (F), Rosalind Nashashibi (UK), Peles Empire, Falk Pisano (NL), Kai Schiemenz and others
Venues and schedule:
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; Künstlerhaus Bremen; Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg; Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg: 17 May - 9 August 2009
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen