Beyond the large art fairs and biennials, new forms of artistic activity and presentation strategies are developing around the world at a rapid pace. Although these artist groups, producer galleries and artist-run spaces operate outside the established cultural scene, they have become extremely successful and widely accepted by the public. The three major art institutions in Hamburg - the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Deichtorhallen and the College of Fine Arts - have invited more than thirty artist collectives from around the world to Hamburg. The festival in the HafenCity was comprised of three parts - an exhibition, a temporary academy with podium discussions, lectures and seminars, and an event programme featuring performances, concerts and book presentations. The events took place in a temporary exhibition venue designed using 100 ship containers based on urbanistic models.
The festival's international character provided fascinating insights into the quality and importance of non-established artistic strategies in today's cultural scene.
Artistic director: Martin Köttering
Curator: Brigitte Kölle
Artistic consultants: Hubertus Gassner, Robert Fleck
Participants: College of Fine Arts Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Exhibition venue design: Architektur Werkstatt Hamburg
Artist collectives: Gugulective (ZA), Publish and be damned (GB), The Suburban (USA), C.A.A. (Center for Art Analysis) (RO), Chto Delat (RUS), Baltic Raw Org and others
Venue and schedule:
HafenCity Hamburg: 26 August - 6 September 2009
Martin Köttering / Swaantje Burow
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