[spectre] Suzanne Treister / Francis Hunger / Artur Zmijewski at HMKV, opening on 20 April 2012

Arns HMKV Inke inke.arns at hmkv.de
Fri Apr 6 18:16:27 CEST 2012

Dear Spectres,

after the popular Oil Show - which closed on 18 March - on 20 April, 2012, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) will open three monographic exhibitions on the third floor of the Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity. 

Two of these exhibitions are addressing similar topics and thus enter into a dialogue with each other: HEXEN 2.0 by the British artist Suzanne Treister and History has left the Building by the German artist Francis Hunger deal with the hopes and utopias or dystopias inspired by technological developments in the 20th century, while analysing their social impact and role as catalysts of social and economic processes in different political systems. Both artists use artistic narratives to undertake a media-archaeological investigation, telling stories from the age of information technology and presenting often unheard-of and unseen artefacts in the shape of complex drawings and diagrams (Treister) or installations, a radio play, videos and performances (Hunger).

In the framework of the cultural exchange programme Klopsztanga. Polen grenzenlos NRW, the HMKV also presents Democracies, a work by the Polish artist Artur Żmijewski. In this 25-channel video installation, Żmijewski documents various expressions of opinion in public space. The images are left uncommented and shown next to each other without hierarchy or judgement. For the artist, these sometimes extreme and anachronistic rituals of democratic public expression represent the darker side of society, something that has to be tolerated and continually renegotiated in an attempt to reach a public consensus. Żmijewskiʼs videos show images of people gathering at manifestations, football games, burials, historic re-enactments and military parades. In the exhibition space, the live soundtracks of the various videos merge into a cacophonic soundscape. For the presentation at HMKV, the artist will edit further footage, thus creating the most extensive version so far of this work, for which he started filming in 2009. The exhibition runs parallel to the 7th Berlin Biennale, which is curated by Żmijewski. 

During the exhibition, the RWE Forum | U Cinema will furthermore show Between Us, a programme with Polish experimental and documentary short films from the 1970s curated by Katrin Mundt.

More information can be found at www.hmkv.de

Please also check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/hartwaremedienkunstverein

I hope to see you!

All the best,




Curator of the exhibitions: Inke Arns

Curator of the film programme: Katrin Mundt

Duration: 21 April – 22 July 2012

Admission Treister / Hunger / Żmijewski: 5 € (2,50 € reduced), free admission every first Wednesday in a month
Free admission for children and teenagers under 18 years

Guided tours: Thursdays 18:00 and Sundays (also on bank holidays) 16:00 (included in the admission) 

Accompanying programme:

Exhibition opening/s (free admission)
Fri 20 April 2012, 18:30, Dortmunder U (3rd floor)
With addresses by: Katarzyna Sokolowska, Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf; Dr. Elke Ritt, British Council Berlin; Dr. Inke Arns, Artistic Director HMKV Dortmund

Also, on April 20, 2012, the exhibition "Es ist Zeit für Turnschuhe!" ("It's time for sneakers!") will open at 20:30 at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund in the framework of "Klopsztanga - Polen grenzenlos NRW" http://www.kh-do.de
On 21 and 22 April 2012 you are invited to join Offene Ateliers Dortmund, http://www.offene-ateliers-dortmund.de/ - HMKV highly recommends Stephanie Brysch's exhibition at galerie143 (Rheinische Str. 143, 44147 Dortmund), http://www.galerie143.de

Performance Francis Hunger (The SETUN Conspiracy)
Sat+Sun 21/22 April 2012
Sat+Sun 12/13 May 2012
Sat+Sun 02/03 June 2012
Sat+Sun 23/24 June 2012
Sat+Sun 21/22 July 2012
daily 11:00 – 18:00, Dortmunder U (3rd floor)

Film programme Between Us, curated by Katrin Mundt
Fri 11 May 2012, 19:30 – 22:00
Fri 25. May 2012, 19:30 – 22:00
Dortmunder U (RWE Forum | U Cinema, ground floor), free admission

Artist talk with Suzanne Treister
Thu 21  June 2012, 19:00, Dortmunder U (3rd floor)

In the framework of the project “Dortmund for the Dortmunders – Which city do we want to live in?” by Multilateral Academy (mla ggmh) a workshop with Artur Żmijewski will be organised in his exhibition Democracies. This workshop is a collaboration in solidarity with the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

Further dates will be announced soon (a.o. a film programme at the RWE Forum / U Cinema).

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Exhibition venue:
HMKV im Dortmunder U
44137 Dortmund

Opening hours:
Tue+Wed 11:00–18:00 
Thu+Fri 11:00–20:00 
Sat+Sun 11:00–18:00 
Closed on Mondays
For opening hours on bank holidays check www.dortmunder-u.de

Exhibition guides:
You can download the exhibition guides (PDF format) for Suzanne Treister / Francis Hunger and Artur Zmijewski already now from our website www.hmkv.de.

On the occasion of Francis Hunger's exhibition History has left the Building, a catalogue with numerous high-quality reproductions, an essay by Inke Arns and work descriptions will be published by Spector Books Leipzig.
An accompanying publication on the occasion of the exhibition HEXEN 2.0 by Suzanne Treister and a set of Tarot cards (sold separately) has been published by Black Dog Publishing London. 

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The exhibition Artur Żmijewski: Democracies and the film programme Between Us
take place in the framework of:
Klopsztanga. Polen grenzenlos NRW - http://klopsztanga.de/

Funded by:
NRW Kultursekretariat Wuppertal
Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf

The exhibition Suzanne Treister: HEXEN 2.0 is generously supported by:
British Council

The production of HEXEN 2.0 has been supported by 
Arts Council England

The production of Francis Hunger's radio play has been supported by
NRW Filmstiftung

Main funders of HMKV:
Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Sparkasse Dortmund

Media partner: 
ARTE Creative creative.arte.tv


Dr. Inke Arns
Artistic Director
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at the Dortmunder U
Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund 
Office: Hoher Wall 15, 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

Suzanne Treister: HEXEN 2.0
Artur Zmijewski: DEMOCRACIES
HMKV at the Dortmunder U, 21 April - 22 July 2012
Opening: Friday, 20 April 2012, 18:30

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