Space Revised #2. Verbleib unbekannt

Bob Braine & Leslie C. Reed, Elín Hansdóttir, Erik Olofsen, Guido van der Werve, John Wood & Paul Harrison

17 May – 16 August 2009
Opening: Saturday, 16 May 2009, 6 p.m.

Welcoming speech: Waltraut Steimke, executive director
Introduction: Stefanie Böttcher, artistic director

A cooperation project by GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof

Art is located in space. Without it art is unthinkable. Whether installed as two or three dimensional – art takes up space, creates and defines space. At the same time it is determined through space, whether formulated as environment, context or contextualisation. In order to do justice to the multifaceted state of space in contemporary art production the exhibition project Space Revised is presenting exemplary instances in four institutions.

Appropriation of space, loss of space, space displacement and social space make up the four perspectives out of which the cooperation of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof traces the current intermediate condition of todays artistic production. Simultaneously Space Revised also takes up the subject at a conceptual level, as its distribution over four exhibition spaces in Northern Germany offers the possibility to examine various conceptions of space while travelling across space.

#2 Whereabouts Unknown
Three dimensional space and time are necessary parameters of orientation and locomotion, which we depend on blindly. In fact there are numerous possibilities for one to find oneself back in the situation, to have lost the recognised system of references and no longer be able to locate oneself. The known spatial arrangement gets out of control. What happens when one blanks out or loses the constants of space and time? What is interesting, aside from this condition of loss is the behaviour resulting out of it. What reactions follow? Is it possible to create one’s own locating system? Whereabouts Unknown at the Künstlerhaus Bremen joins various artistic strategies closer to such a position to provoke them and to deal with them. Furthermore the New York artist duo Bob Braine and Leslie C. Reed are to mark out and highlight the circa 300 meter long footpath between GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst and Künstlerhaus Bremen as an intervention in public space.


18 June 2009, 7 p.m. Die Karte im Kopf: Eigenschaften der mentalen Repräsentation räumlicher Umgebungen, Lecture by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schill, Raumkognitionsforscherin, Universität Bremen, Künstlerhaus Bremen
25 June 2009, 7 p.m. Film evening around Gordon Matta-Clark presented by Dirck Möllmann, Video Club 99, Hamburg, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst
2 July 2009, 7 p.m. Nichtorte. Orte – Lecture by Heidi Stecker, Kuratorin an der Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen
9 July 2009, 7 p.m. Dersu Uzala – by Akira Kurosawa (Japan/UdSSR, 1975, 137min.), GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen
16 July 2009, 7 p.m. Here is always somewhere else – The Disappearance of Bas Jan Ader (USA, 2008, 144 min.) Film by Rene Daalder, Künstlerhaus Bremen
23 July 2009, 7 p.m. Performance by Michele Di Menna, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst
30 July 2009, 7 p.m. Räume (in) der Literatur – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst

Guided tours:
28 May 2009, 7 p.m. GAK & Künstlerhaus with Janneke de Vries and Stefanie Böttcher (start: GAK)
4 June 2009, 7 p.m. GAK & Künstlerhaus withTill Krause, Artist and co-founder for the Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg (start: GAK)
11 June 2009, 7 p.m. Künstlerhaus & GAK with Christine Ruhfus and Imke Itzen (start: Künstlerhaus Bremen)
06 August 2009, 7 p.m. Künstlerhaus & GAK with Stefanie Böttcher and Janneke de Vries (start: Künstlerhaus Bremen)