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  • Inside the City, installation view GAK Bremen 2015, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Knut Henrik Henriksen: Bird in Space (Erling Viksjø), 2014, Courtesy Oslo Kommune, Kulturetaten, Photo: Tobias Hübe
  • Tobias Hübel: Blood and Honour 5, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Inside the City, installation view GAK Bremen 2015, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova: Clash!, 2012, Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Vienna and waterside contemporary, London, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Inside the City, installation view GAK Bremen 2015, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Tim Reinecke: Relax, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Inside the City, installation view GAK Bremen 2015, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Kasia Fudakowski: The Public are Thirsty, 2013, Courtesy the artist and Chert, Berlin, Photo: Tobias Hübe
  • Inside the City, installation view GAK Bremen 2015, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Arno Auer: To Be Installed in the Reach of a Public Webcam, Version Bremen 1, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Tim Reinecke: Castrop-Rauxel, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Till Krause: Beirut aufessen, 2005, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne
  • Ahmet Öğüt: This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance, Courtesy the artist and Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, US
  • Kate Newby: TRY TRY, 2010/2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Kate Newby: TRY TRY, 2010/2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Kate Newby: Oh leap!, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Kate Newby: Oh leap!, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Max Schaffer: Untitled, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Max Schaffer: Untitled, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Z. Schmidt: Schau da!, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • Z. Schmidt: Schau da!, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tim Klausing
  • FORT: Dream of Capri, 2014, Courtesy the artists and Sies+Höke, Dusseldorf, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • FORT: Dream of Capri, 2014, Courtesy the artists and Sies+Höke, Dusseldorf, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Bouillon Group: Spezialeinheit Bouillon, 2015, Courtesy the artists, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Bouillon Group: Spezialeinheit Bouillon, 2015, Courtesy the artists, Photo: Bouillon Group
  • Bouillon Group: Spezialeinheit Bouillon, 2015, Courtesy the artists, Photo: Bouillon Group
  • dilettantin produktionsbüro: Elixier, 2015, Courtesy the artists

Inside the City. Public Space and Free Space

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19.07–11.10.2015

The increasing demand for security, privatization, commercialization and virtual platforms like Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook have led to a fundamental change in the nature of the public sphere and public space. Every last corner of the city is monitored by CCTV cameras, every public gathering requires an official permit, former public squares are being converted into outdoor cafés and beer gardens and the state would like nothing more than “transparent people”, posting private information about themselves and making it accessible to the general public. The exhibition project „Inside the City“ highlights the changed configurations in and around public space and investigates how they are now perceived, what mechanisms are at play here and what strategies are have emerged within art in response to these developments.

In keeping with their respective profiles, the three institutions of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen focus on different aspects of public space and public sphere in contemporary art. GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, in „Inside the City. Public Space and Free Space“, addresses the ambivalent nature of public space, caught between democratic spirit and restrictive reality. Künstlerhaus Bremen, in „Inside the City. The Impact of the Digital Sphere on Public Space“, focuses on how digital space creates a new dimension of public space, while the Centre for Artists’ Publications, in „Inside the City. Artists’ Publications as Art in Public Space“, presents art since the 1960s, with all the opportunities and media of the public.

The artistic positions represented as part of „Inside the City“ are thus not confined solely to institutional spaces. They also extend in subject matter and location to form a network of art across Bremen. However, they do not become fixtures in the usual manner of art in public space – like street furniture that owes its location and public reception to bureaucratic permits. Instead, approaches are taken that can rather be perceived at the subliminal level and new forms of articulation are sought, to the point where public space – within the three institutions and within public space itself – becomes the exhibition.

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19.07–11.10.2015

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 Ögut
Tim Reinecke
Julika Rudelius
Max Schaffer
Z. Schmidt
Maya Schweizer

Curated by Fanny Gonella, Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Janneke de Vries

A collaboration of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Centre for Artists’ Publications.

Publication

In preparation

Annual editions

FORT: Summercool II, 2015

Kasia Fudakowksi: Blinking Bonkers, 2016

Marcel Hiller: jig one – jig twenty-three, 2014

Kate Newby: What a day, 2015

Tim Reinecke: xero 1 – xero 5, 2015

Events

Sat 18.07.15
4 pm: Joint opening
Location: court of the Künstlerhaus
5.30 pm: Guided tour to exemplary outdoor projects in the surroundings
6-10 pm: Summer party at Karton (Am Deich 86)

Wed 22.07.15, 7 pm
OX: Public Posters
Book presentation
Location: Weserburg – Centre for Artists’ Publications

Sat 25.07.15
3 pm: Janneke de Vries, Anne Thurmann-Jajes
City walk to selected stations of the exhibition
Start: Forecourt of the Weserburg
7 pm: Selda Asal, Iver Ohm and Anne Thurmann-Jajes: stay with me
Opening of the artist project
Location: Lloydhof, Hanseatenhof 3-9

Sun 02.08.15, 3 pm
Anne Thurmann-Jajes
Bicycle tour to selected venues of the exhibition
Start: forecourt of the Weserburg

Sat 08.08.15, 1-3 pm
Regine Beyer and Anne Thurmann-Jajes
Picnic with radio
Location: Waller Park

Sat 15.08.15, 9 pm
Peter Sämann: Everybody Street by Cheryl Dunn
Open air film screening
Location: forecourt of the Weserburg

Tue 25.08.15, 11 am – 3 pm
Workshop for children
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Thu 27.08.15, 7 pm
Curator’s tour through the exhibitions
Start: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Fri 28.08.15, 9 pm
Peter Sämann: Short films
Open air film screening
Location: forecourt of the Weserburg

Sat 05.09.15, 3 pm
Janneke de Vries and Anne Thurmann-Jajes
City walk to selected venues of the exhibition
Start: forecourt of the Weserburg

Sat 12.09.15, 1 – 3 pm
Regine Beyer and Anne Thurmann-Jajes
Picnic with radio
Location: Sebaldsbrück Castle Park

Wed 16.09.15, 7 pm
Auto Italia South East: Corporate Creativity and Economies of Culture
Conversation (en)
Location: Künstlerhaus Bremen

Thu 24.09.15, 7 pm
Arno Auer: ourpress publishing
Lecture
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Fri 25.09.15, 7 pm
Johan Hartle: On the Original Accumulation of the Public
Lecture
Location: Weserburg – Centre for Artists’ Publications

Thu 01.10.15, 7 pm
Achim Bitter, Britta Peters, Andreas Siekmann: For free and outside
Panel discussion
Moderation: Dominikus Müller
Location: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Thu 08.10.15, 7 pm
Curator’s tour through the exhibitions
Start: Künstlerhaus Bremen

Support

The Senator for Culture, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Bremen bike it, The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport

The project by Z. Schmidt is supported by: German Factoring Bank

The project by Bouillon Group is supported by: Goethe Institute

Special Thanks to:
Bremen Police, BremenPorts, Bremer Touristik Zentrale, Hal över, Kante, Karton, cooperation partners of dilettantin produktionsbüro, State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, Office for Public Order, PC Clinic, Radio Weser TV / Bremen, C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dresden, Schlachteverband, stickma, Dresden, Road Traffic Office, Umweltbetrieb Bremen, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art

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