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20.11.2020, 19:00 Uhr
The Coming Community. Para-Institutions in Marseille and beyond

The Coming Community aims to experiment the possibilities of ephemeral cohabitations and gathering in a specific space-time: a place inhabited by “disseminated, temporary and nomadic” communities - to use the words of Giorgio Agamben, who inspired this project.

Nine artists from France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia developed through video, voice, movement or sculpture subjects related to: performativity, language, ritual, mythology and technology. Originally planned to be held at Coco Velten in Belsunce, Marseille (November 13-28 2020) as part of Manifesta 13, The Coming Community emerged from the encounter and dialogue between two duos of curators based in France and Switzerland – each imagining different strategies on the importance of interpersonal relationships and collaborative process within the frame of curatorial practices.

Thought as an “active space” (stage, content and context - F. Malzacher, J. Warsza), this collective project explores potentialities and policies of ephemeral communities as tools to create a space of commoning, With this approach, it works on and with the local context, using the relationship between public space and audience to study situations participating in collective power or in new narratives.

We persist in thinking, discussing and writing together. In the context of the current situation, the physical part of the project takes on in multiple digital and textual media. Three virtual meetings during November will emphasize the possibilities of rethinking the exhibition space in terms of conviviality and collective understanding. Beginning with "How do we come together in a world that isolates us?" by Nora Sternfeld, our interest intersects with different institutional models such as the “para-institution”. This alternative model dealing with cultural-political relations that propose the pedagogy of "refusing the refusal” instead of simple criticism. With theses approaches, the result will be an experimental anthology created in alternative ways of publishing and distributing.

Composed of theoretical reflections, it will bring together the perspectives and processes of all invited artists. In collaboration with Station of Commons, Belsunce Project and Copie Machine, this anthology will be printed in Marseille, Hamburg, Prague and Geneva and distributed for free.

In this framework, Station of Commons investigates digital commoning practices and how find distance from private on-line corporate. This critical approach to Open Technology questions what can be a radical artistic practice situated within, against and beyond capitalism. In collaboration with Belsunce Project and Copie Machine, this anthology will be printed in Marseille, Hamburg, Prague and Geneva and distributed for free.
Finally, The Comming community is for us a means of broadening the methods of exhibitions producing; from the site of installation to practices of commoning.
A proposal by ex situ – Cassandre Langlois & Simona Dvořáková – and the curatorial duo Gabrielle Boder & Tadeo Kohan.

With contributions by Station of Commons (Grégoire Rousseau and Juan Gomez), the artists Flora Bouteille, Anatol Dirkas, Michala Julínyová, Nastasia Meyrat, Nicolas Pesquier, Rudolf Samohejl, Trapier Duportē, Victor Villafagne, Victor Yudaev, and Nora Sternfeld (HFBK Hamburg).

The project was planned as a part of Manifesta 13 in Marseille. It is supported by Cité international des arts, Czech centre in Paris, Slovak Institute in Paris, Etat de Vaud, Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, DIP, Genève, Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture, Ricard Foundation, Ville de Lausanne, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and is realised in collaboration with the HFBK (University of Fine Arts) Hamburg.

November 20th, 7-9pm, How to create a disseminate community? Talking about para-institutions in Marseille and beyond

November 27th, 4 pm-9pm Public space as a partition

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

photo: Tim Albrecht

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?