[spectre] BER-DTM-HNL – Fasten your seatbelts! at HMKV, until 11 January 2015

Arns HMKV Inke inke.arns at hmkv.de
Sat Dec 27 12:28:05 CET 2014

Dear Spectres,

I have been posting fewer things to the list because I have to feed so many other social media channels ... ;-)

Anyway, this one deserves a separate message: 

There's only two weeks to go!! The exhibition BER-DTM-HNL – Fasten your seatbelts! which I co-curated together with Thibaut de Ruyter ("everything you've always wanted to know about flight simulators and art but didn't dare to ask!") is running for another two weeks at HMKV at Dortmunder U (until 11 January 2015).

In case you are around ;-)

All the best,


BER-DTM-HNL - Fasten your seatbelts!
HMKV at Dortmunder U
12/04/2014 - 01/11/2015

in the context of the Next Level Conference 
4 - 5 December 2014 www.next-level.org
organized by the NRW Kultursekretariat

HMKVʼs exhibition presents characteristic examples for the development of flight simulators beginning in the 1980s. This selection will be augmented by a variety of different artistic positions that address the ideas of simulation, play, and flight. The flight simulations presented here frame - as 'serious games' - a point of departure for an investigation into contemporary works of art that explore the “dream (and realities) of flying” in political, philosophical, or aesthetic ways.

The exhibition title suggests a travel route from Berlin‘s uncompleted airport (BER) via Dortmund (DTM) to Honolulu (HNL). HNL derives from the video game Microsoft FSX. The original version of this flight simulator was enhanced with add-ons that allow players to fly over Hawaii. For this purpose, Dillingham Airport, which is a mere landing strip in the standard version, was expanded into a full-fledged airfield with extremely realistic scenery. The scenic flight starting from here is suited for beginners; it takes less than ten minutes and can be flown in the exhibition by two people playing together or against each other.

All the games can be played in the exhibition (No emulators! Authentic machines!).

Opening: Thursday, 4 December 2014, 7 pm

Flight simulators: Flight Simulator II (1984), Red Baron (1990), Pilotwings (1990), FlightGear (ab 1997), IL-2 Sturmovik (2001), Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006),  Flight Control (2009), Kerbal Space Program (2014) and others.

With works by: Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE), Martin Dammann (DE), Antje Ehmann & Harun Farocki (DE), Johan Grimonprez (BE), Francis Hunger & Cornelia Friederike Müller (DE), Simone Aaberg Kærn (DK), and Joan Leandre (ES)

Curated by Thibaut de Ruyter and Inke Arns

Exhibition architecture: Thibaut de Ruyter and Martin Dammann Archive

Admission is free!

More information


Funded by the NRW Kultursekretariat

Generously supported by:
Oldenburger Computermuseum e.V.
Aerosoft GmbH
Martin Dammann Archive

Main funders of HMKV:
Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity
Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Media partners:
ARTE Creative

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
F + 49 - 231 - 496642-29

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