SPACE REVISED#1 FRIENDLY TAKEOVERS
STRATEGIES OF SPACE APPROPRIATION
17 May 2009 – 09 August 2009
CEZARY BODZIANOWSKI, BOB BRAINE & LESLIE C. REED, TRISHA BROWN, CHRISTIAN HAAKE, GUILLAUME LEBLON, DANIEL MAIER-REIMER, KATRIN MAYER, ROSALIND NASHASHIBI UND PELES EMPIRE
Art is located in space. Without it art is unthinkable. Whether installed as two or three dimensional – art takes up space, creates and defines space. At the same time it is determined through space, whether formulated as environment, context or contextualisation. In order to do justice to the multifaceted state of space in contemporary art production the exhibition project Space Revised is presenting exemplary instances in four institutions. Appropriation of space, loss of space, space displacement and social space make up the four perspectives out of which the cooperation of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof traces the current intermediate condition of todays artistic production. Simultaneously Space Revised also takes up the subject at a conceptual level, as its distribution over four exhibition spaces in Northern Germany offers the possibility to examine various conceptions of space while travelling across space.
The exhibition Friendly Takeovers. Strategies of Space Appropriation in the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen emanates from the notion that one of the most fundamental questions posed in art lies in its actual location and the relationship to its surroundings. Hence at first it implies being conscious of its own environment, facing it squarely and investigating it from various positions. Friendly Takeovers presents artistic approaches which in various ways appropriate the space in which they move and are experienced in order to attain a fixing of location. Emanating from the New York choreographer Trisha Brown as historical and interdisciplinary reference the various approaches are tensed up in a net-like manner and formulate psychological, architectonic, temporal, institutional and corporeal quality of the space.
Furthermore the New York artist duo Bob Braine and Leslie C. Reed are to mark out and highlight the circa 300 meter long footpath between GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst and Künstlerhaus Bremen as an intervention in public space.