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Students of the University of Art and Design Linz have developed an artistic program for Hamburg. A transporter with a balloon stranded on the Veddel and becomes the starting point for artistic actions and performances. The artistic actions with international guests range from architecture, sports, experiment, to advertising and accident. The van becomes a vehicle for the appropriation of urban space and by the balloon-like bulge becomes itself an art object. Two stops in the area, built with the mobile architecture in cooperation with HFBK Hamburg (class for experimental design) inform about the project and the activities.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and Thursday, June 25, 2015, all-day

Friday, June 26, 2015, 5 pm
On the history of the concentration camp system Mauthausen
Talk with Markus Rachbauer (political scientist and historian, Wels / Austria)
In addition to Hamburg and other German cities Linz was the only Austrian Führerstadt and was expanded in 1939 into a center of the armaments industry. Markus Rachbauer will introduce the history of the concentration camp Mauthausen near Linz and policies of memory of National Socialism in Austria today in the context of radical policies of xenophobia. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Moderation: Fahim Amir (Senior Lecturer,  University of Art and Design Linz; artist, Vienna) 

7 pm, Unten (Austria, 2015, 90 min.)
Film excerpts and discussion with Djordje Čenić (filmmaker and musician, Salzburg) and Adnan Softić (artists and theater maker, Hamburg)
The documentary filmmaker Djordje Čenić embarks on an autobiographical journey through time that starts in the mid-1970s in the Yugoslavian guest workers milieu in Linz and takes him to his home village in Croatia which was destroyed during the war. In partly absurdly comic, partly tragic episodes that deal with small victories and big defeats, with homesickness and class antagonisms, he allows deep insight into his family history and illustrates the balancing act between “top” and “bottom”, which is exemplary for generations of migrant workers. 

8.30 pm, concert with Def ill (Linz)
Def ill is a rapper, record producer and founder of the band Fireclath Soundsystem. He is known for his “Subliminal Messages” by individual styles and double time technique, which takes place in the range of about 821 syllables in 1’20. In 2011 he won the Red Bull competition Beats & Rhythm and in 2013 he was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the category Best Hip Hop/RNB Act. In his lyrics Def ill deals with political issues and shows solidarity with political actions such as the occupation of the Votivkirche in Vienna by refugees in winter 2013. 

22 pm, Final competition in arm wrestling with award ceremony
In a specially made table for arm wrestling artists and cultural producers from Hamburg and Linz are invited to a sweat-inducing competition of possible masculinity. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 11 am
Farewell Brunch with students of University of Art and Design Linz and HFBK Hamburg.

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June 22 – June 28, 2015

BADEGÄSTE. Linzer art students stranded on the Elbe island in Hamburg
Veddel, Wilhelmsburger Platz