no entrance, no guards, no doors, no guides, no toilets, no signs, no shop
What happens if Kunsthalle3000 gets invited by an institution?
Noor Mertens of Kunstverein Langenhagen asked this question to Thomas Geiger and initiated a one-year collaboration that can be considered a field for experiments to extend the role, place and function of an institution. From August 2018–2019 Kunsthalle3000 will be a guest at Kunstverein Langenhagen as an institution within an institution that creates situations located on the gap between institutional/private and public space.
Sergio Rojas Chaves: Plants in Residence
Costa Rican artist Sergio Rojas Chaves is strongly convinced that houseplants have an essential, yet hidden role in the lives of their owners. For Plants in Residency, he invites the audience to take a plant on a walk to the Kunstverein. Once arrived, the plants will become Plants in Residence, thus creating a botanical, and growing portrait of the city and its inhabitants. The art institution and its staff will be responsible for the plant's well-being. The residency lasts as long as the plants like their temporary home.
Freiraum für Gedanken und Bauwerke
During the summer project Freiraum für Gedanken und Bauwerke at Kunstverein Langenhagen, Kunsthalle3000 offered its materials to the various workshops that were all based on architecture and constructing: E.g. reinaard vanhoe and Enric Fort Ballester exchanged some of the reds bricks on the sidewalk in front of Kunstverein Langenhagen with the grey bricks of Kunsthalle3000.
A fragment of your public space
Already at the end of July Kunsthalle3000 appeared for the first time at Kunstverein Langenhagen: 77 bricks have been placed inside the exhibition space. The amount and shape are based on Kunsthalle3000-Johannesburg, which took place in a field marked by missing bricks. These bricks are staying as “a fragment of your public space” for the entire year and will be the basis to transform the form, use, and meaning of Kunsthalle3000.
Kunsthalle3000 is an institution as intervention by artist Thomas Geiger that seeks to transform the unused potentials of the public realm into new situations. The work is not based on the notions of individuality but include other artists as to become part of a common, public sculpture. The term Kunsthalle is used in German-speaking countries for a special kind of municipal museum, the historical aim of which was to make art accessible to all people. “Eine Kunsthalle für alle” [A Kunsthalle for all], was a phrase that marked the beginning of the Kunsthalle tradition with the statutes of Kunsthalle Mannheim in 1909. Kunsthalle3000 follows this principle by literally declaring specific spots within public space as Kunsthalle to create an intensive, yet temporary locale for performance, discussion, confrontation and interchange. To date, it has been located in Vienna, Johannesburg, Geneva, Beirut and Paris.
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