It Might Be Possible that the World Itself Is Without Meaning*

Working with international artists, the summer program will examine the question of a contemporary world society. Interventions, performances, and actions will take place in prominent locations in Hamburg, studying the specifics of current and historical global entanglements and sounding out a decolonial option: as a political-aesthetic question, as a cultural form of knowledge, and as fiction. They are forms of thinking and acting beyond the modern logic of economics and the state, toward “boundary thinking.” The experiences of migration and transculturalism become a leitmotif for the question: Where/how can art be socially effective in public spaces today? The idea of a world (as complete whole) is radically undermined in favor of many worlds within a planetary reality.

With new commissions by Georges Adéagbo (in cooperation with the curator Stephan Köhler, Kulturforum Süd-Nord e.V.), Ricardo Basbaum, Cevdet Erek, Etcétera, Omer Krieger, Michaela Melián, Ingo Niermann, Dan Perjovschi, Johannes Paul Raether, Juan Pablo Renzi, Martha Rosler / Miguel Robles-Durán, Horacio Zabala, et al.


SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

2 pm
Omer Krieger
(born 1975, lives in Tel Aviv/Israel)
Now (The Camp), 2015
Neuengamme concentration camp memorial
Jean-Dolidier-Weg 75, 21039 Hamburg
Performance, ca. 150 min.
Shuttle: 13.30 pm from the bus station at Hamburg’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof) / Kirchenallee; seating is limited, reservations:
In cooperation with Kampnagel.

5-7 pm, reception with Kulturforum Süd-Nord e.V.
Georges Adéagbo
(born 1942, lives in Hamburg und Cotonou/Benin)
Inverted Space, 2014/15 Installation, Altonaer Balkon, Altona
In cooperation with Stephan Köhler (curator, Hamburg and Cotonou, Benin) and Kulturforum Süd-Nord e.V.

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015

11 am and 1 pm
Ricardo Basbaum
(born 1961, lives in Rio de Janeiro/Brasilien)
Membranosa (Hamburg): Collective Conversations, 2015
Performance, ca. 30 min.
11 am: Stübenplatz, 21107 Hamburg
1 pm: Hansaplatz, 20099 Hamburg

3 pm
(founded 1997, live in Buenos Aires/Argentinien)
Neo Extraktivismus, 2015
Action, ca. 30 min.
Chilehaus, Altstadt, Fischertwiete, 20095 Hamburg

5 pm
Johannes Paul Raether
(born 1977, lives in Berlin and Hamburg)
Schwarmwesen’s Forking Horizon, 2015
Performance, ca. 45 min.
Vacant lot at the Überseequartier subway station, 20457 Hamburg
Additional dates: July 12, 2015, 6 pm (part 2)
and July 14, 2015, 6 pm, Artist Talk at Kunsthaus Hamburg


Cevdet Erek
(born 1974, lives in Istanbul/Turkey)
Alter Elbtunnel: Sound Ornamentik, 2015
Soundinstallation, St. Pauli-Elbtunnel, St. Pauli and Steinwerder

Michaela Melián
(born 1956, lives in Hamburg and München)
Wassermusik, 2015
Music performance with fog horns on river ferries, ca. 20 min.
Grasbrookhafen, HafenCity
Date: Monday, July 13, 2015, 3.30 pm
Dalmannkai/stairs, 20457 Hamburg

Ingo Niermann
(born 1969, lives in Berlin and Zurich, Switzerland)
Die Hafencity spinnen, 2015
writing workshop, Speicherstadt, HafenCity
Autumn 2015
Reading, Literaturhaus Hamburg, Schwanenwik 38, 22087 Hamburg

Juan Pablo Renzi
(born 1940, died 1992, lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Prisma de aire, 1967/2015
Sculpture, Museumsstraße, Altona

Martha Rosler
(born 1943, lives in New York City, USA)
Miguel Robles-Durán
(born 1972, lives and works in New York City, USA)
22 Years of Broken Promises, 2015
Installation, advertising spaces
HafenCity, downtown Hamburg / Hochbahn Hamburg

Horacio Zabala
(born 1943 in Buenos Aires, lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Espacio represivo, 1973/2015
Sculpture, Große Johannisstraße/Rathausstraße, Hamburg old town

In addition the third part of Dan Perjovschi’s series Drawing Europe (since 2014) will be published in newspapers in Hamburg.

It Might Be Possible that the World Itself Is Without Meaning*

Performances, actions, and interventions in urban space in Hamburg
June–July 2015

Opening May 30 and 31, 2015