[spectre] Gone to Croatan - Strategies of Disappearance, HMKV at Dortmunder U, until 14 August 2011

Arns HMKV Inke inke.arns at hmkv.de
Thu Jun 23 15:40:29 CEST 2011

Dear Spectres,

until 14 August the exhibition Gone to Croatan - Strategies of Disappearance is on view at HMKV at the Dortmunder U.

The exhibition title refers to a mysterious historical event: The first European colonists in the New World disappeared leaving behind the settlements and a paper note with the words 'Gone to the Croatan'. The Croatan were an indigenous tribe living in neighbouring territories. They are said to have murdered the settlers, however, reports concerning "green-eyed Indians" seem to contradict that version of events. Another hypothesis suggests that the settlers went on a trip into another dimension.

The exhibition curated by Robert Rumas and Daniel Muzyczuk presents more than 30 works by international artists discussing the individual, social and political aspects of disappearance. Films, videos, artist books, audio installations, objects and photographs are addressing phenomena and events connected to the loss of identity, people and things. The works and gestures presented in the exhibition reveal real stories of disappearance and detective search for traces of what has become ghostly, and confront them with artistic fiction taking up the theme of self-exclusion. This exhibition establishes a reference to HMKV’s 2005 exhibition on Disappearance, Loss of World and Escaping the World, and conceptually extends the topic into new territories.

On our website comprehensive information is available about the exhibition - including the exhibition guide (PDF format) (www.hmkv.de).

If you're in the area, come by and check out the exhibition!

Best, Inke


Gone to Croatan - Strategies of Disappearance
HMKV at the Dortmunder U, 6th floor
4 June - 14 August 2011

With works by:
Bas Jan Ader (NL), Sebastian Buczek (PL), Erik Bünger (SE), Susanne Bürner (DE), Heath Bunting (UK), Eduard Buridan (FR), Hubert Czerepok (PL), Lara Favaretto (IT), Fischli & Weiss (CH), Pawel Freisler (PL), Goldin+Senneby (SE), Lukas Jiricka / Paul Wirkus (CZ/DE), Kollektive Aktionen (RU), Jiří Kovanda (CZ), Tomasz Kowalski (PL), Katarzyna Krakowiak (PL), Jacek Kryszkowski (PL), Zbigniew Libera (PL), Andrzej Partum (PL), Agnieszka Polska (PL), Leszek Przyjemski (PL), Robert Rumas (PL), Daniel Rumiancew (PL), Syreny TV (PL), Adam Witkowski (PL), Julita Wójcik (PL), Ziemia Mindel Würm (PL)

HMKV at the Dortmunder U
44137 Dortmund, Germany

Partner 2011: 
Kunststiftung NRW - JUMP - Annual Sponsorship Award for art organisations by Kunststiftung NRW 2011

Main funders of HMKV:
Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute - www.iam.pl, www.culture.pl.

Supported by:
Centre of Contemporary Art ‘Znaki Czasu’, Torun (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Znaki Czasu w Toruniu)
Polish Institute, Düsseldorf

Media partner:
ARTE Creative creative.arte.tv

Dr. Inke Arns
Artistic Director
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV)
Hoher Wall 15 (office)
44137 Dortmund, Germany
T + 49 - 231 - 496642-0 (direct line -11)
F + 49 - 231 - 496642-29
M + 49 - 176 - 430 627 93
inke.arns at hmkv.de

Gone to Croatan - Strategies of Disappearance
HMKV at Dortmunder U, 6th floor, 4 June - 14 August 2011

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