INSIDE THE CITY. PUBLIC SPACE AND FREE SPACE

19 July 2015 – 11 October 2015

ARNO AUER, EVA BERENDES, BOUILLON GROUP, ANETTA MONA CHISA & LUCIA TKACOVA, DILETTANTIN PRODUKTIONSBÜRO, FORT, KASIA FUDAKOWSKI, KNUT HENRIK HENRIKSEN, MARCEL HILLER, TOBIAS HÜBEL, TILL KRAUSE, KATE NEWBY, AHMET ÖGÜT, TIM REINECKE, JULIKA RUDELIUS, MAX SCHAFFER, Z. SCHMIDT, MAYA SCHWEIZER

A collaboration of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen

Opening:       4 pm at the courtyard of the Künstlerhaus
                      6-10 pm: summer party at Karton (Am Deich 86) with food, drinks and music
                      The exhibitions are open 4-8.30 pm

Public space in its conventional sense is commonly defined as a location outdoors which is used collectively and is accordingly constructed and shaped by the interests of the public. Thus, it is inevitably linked to the utopian visions of democracy and liberty. In reality, however, a different picture emerges. From "No trespassing" signs on lawns to hierarchical architecture, from ubiquitous CCTV surveillance to permission requirements for free expression of any kind – few areas are organized according to the Dos and Don'ts of capitalism and bureaucracy, are defined by surveillance (state) and privatization (consumerism) to such an extent as public space. The antagonism between its democratic spirit and restrictive reality has made public space a popular subject of artistic work for decades. Yet, as a space structured by state power, public space is rarely – and only with official approval – the site of its presentation. Thus, if art's engagement with public space is to not submit to the constraints of its subject, it must employ new strategies. Situated within this context, the institutions of art lend themselves to interrogation. As public spaces utilized almost exclusively by the insiders, these institutions are hybrids: potentially accessible to the community, they are not required to follow the regulations which apply to public space. But does this make them spaces of boundless freedom?

Inside the City. Public Space and Free Space at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst presents artistic positions from a younger generation of artists dealing with the freedom and constraints of public space in various ways. The artists will employ a variety of strategies to depict diverse aspects of public space while at the same time questioning its hierarchical order. Works created for this exhibition may be located in public space without staking out any clearly recognizable position there, but rather subversively undermining its restrictive structures through minute and at times mysterious interventions that are capable of momentarily throwing our ingrained perceptions of everyday life out of step without us quite realizing it. Others will create intermediate spaces as interventions in public space. Or they may address its conditions and phenomena, presenting their findings within the protective embrace of the institution. In other works the artists undertake a critical comparison of liberal ideas in institutional and public areas. These different strategies shape the works of Inside the City. Public Space and Free Space, at times implicitly, at times explicitly, and in a variety of media and priorities. A large number of works will be specially developed for this exhibition.

In conjunction with Inside the City. The Impact of the Digital Sphere on Public Space at Künstlerhaus Bremen and Inside the City. Artists' Publications as Art in Public Space at Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen.

Inside the City will be accompanied by an extensive programme of events.





ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM

OX – PUBLIC POSTERS
Location: Weserburg – Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen

Wednesday, 22. July 2015, 7:00 pm


CITY WALK TO SELECTED WORKS IN PUBLIC SPACE
Start: forecourt of the Weserburg building

Saturday, 25. July 2015, 3:00 pm


GUIDED TOUR BY BIKE TO SELECTED WORKS IN PUBLIC SPACE
Start: forecourt of the Weserburg building

Sunday, 02. August 2015, 3:00 pm


PICNIC WITH RADIO
Location: Waller Park

Saturday, 08. August 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm


CHERYL DUNN: EVERYBODY STREET
Location: forecourt of the Weserburg building

Saturday, 15. August 2015, 9:00 pm


WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Tuesday, 25. August 2015, 11:00 – 4:00 pm


GUIDED TOUR WITH CURATORS
Start: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Thursday, 27. August 2015, 7:00 pm


SHORT FILMS
Location: forecourt of the Weserburg building

Friday, 28. August 2015, 9:00 pm


CITY WALK TO SELECTED WORKS IN PUBLIC SPACE
Start: forecourt of the Weserburg building

Saturday, 05. September 2015, 3:00 pm


PICNIC WITH RADIO
Location: Schlosspark Sebaldsbrück

Saturday, 12. September 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm


CORPORATE CREATIVITY AND ECONOMIES OF CULTURE
Location: Künstlerhaus Bremen

Wednesday, 16. September 2015, 7:00 pm


OURPRESS PUBLISHING
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Thursday, 24. September 2015, 7:00 pm


ZUR URSPRÜNGLICHEN AKKUMULATION DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT
Location: Weserburg - Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen

Friday, 25. September 2015, 7:00 pm


UMSONST UND DRAUSSEN
Talk between Achim Bitter (artist, Bremen), Britta Peters (curator, Skulptur Projekte 2017) and Andreas Siekmann (artist, Berlin) about artistic strategies in public space.
Moderation: Dominikus Müller (art critic, Berlin).
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Thursday, 01. October 2015, 7:00 pm


GUIDED TOUR WITH CURATORS
Start: Künstlerhaus Bremen

Thursday, 08. October 2015, 7:00 pm




The exhibition Inside the City is supported by

  • Der Senator für Kultur
  • Der Senator für Umwelt
  • Bremen bike it!

The project by Z. Schmidt is supported by

  • Deutsche Factoring Bank

The project by Bouillon Group is supported by

  • Goethe Institut