Kling & Bang í Hamborg/Hamburg 26.ágúst-6.september 2009
26. 08. 2009 - 06. 09. 2009
Kling & Bang gallerí kynnir: Bjarni Massi, Eirún Sigurðardóttir, Unnar Örn J. Auðarson

In summer 2009 the art festival subvision will take place in Hamburg’s HafenCity. From August 26 to September 6, 2009 about 30 artists’ initiatives from all over the world will come together for 12 days to present their varied artistic efforts and working methods, their presentation and mediation strategies, to the public.


The focus is on cultural strategies alongside established institutions and beyond commercial endeavours: artist collectives, artist-run spaces, nomadic projects, archives, curatorial and artistic networks and so forth. The traditional forms of cultural activity, its art fairs, Biennales and large-scale events, are intentionally confronted with other, opposing formats and experimental ways of (re)presentation and distribution. Often, the common element in these heterogeneous, mainly project-related, temporary alliances is a self-organised, collaborative method of working as well as an emphasis on situative intervention. Independent, viral distribution paths and networks develop, under not infrequently precarious production conditions.


The festival’s sponsor is a limited company owned jointly by three Hamburg art institutions, the Hochschule fuer bildende Kuenste (HFBK) , the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Deichtorhallen. Martin Koettering, president of the HFBK, is its artistic director, curator Brigitte Kölle is responsible for the festival concept in terms of content. The former director of the Deichtorhallen, Dr. Robert Fleck, and the director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Prof. Dr. Hubertus Gaßner belong to an advisory board. The team of curators will be supported in their research, spanning continents and artistic disciplines, by international artists, curators and critics, who, as so-called ’scouts’ are well acquainted with local and with current developments. In tandem with the exhibition, an extensive programme of events (symposia, lectures, workshops etc.) will be planned and assembled specifically for this festival, not only intended for those familiar with the subject.
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