Open forum

Artist-run initiatives and project spaces initiated by artists play an important role alongside the established art market. They not only facilitate contact between the artist, the artwork and the audience, but also give artists the opportunity to grapple with other artistic perspectives. Artist-run initiatives also permit experimental approaches, since most of them are not commercially oriented.
 
A large number of such artist initiatives and networks are already cooperating with one another in various ways throughout Europe. Links are usually established through personal contacts.
 
On 11 and 12 October 2008, IGBK hosted an open forum for presentations of concepts and spaces, for discussions and face-to-face meetings. About 80 project and exhibition spaces as well as networks of artist-run initiatives were presented in an exhibition by means of display boards, photographs, catalogues and other information material.
 
The project is initiated by Werner Schaub.

Art Swap Europe

Art Swap - Exhibition I

Art Swap - Participants I

Andreas Joh. Wiesand (European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts), Bonn), Sabine Bornemann (Cultural Contact Point. Germany, Bonn), Petra Reichensperger (Berlin), Thomas Weis (IGBK, Berlin)

Exhibition

(11 and 12 October 08, venue: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten)
 
A Certain Lack of Coherence (Porto), Artist Studios South Tel-Aviv (Tel-Aviv), Art Laboratory Berlin (Berlin), Art pavilion (Podgorica), arttransponder (Berlin), a Sala (Porto), cargobar (Basel), CirkulationsCentralen (Malmö), Cultural Center ’CK’ (Skopje), Dada Post (Berlin), D.I.V.O. institute (Kolin), EINSTELLUNGSRAUM (Hamburg), Exhibition Centre Constantin Brâncusi (Chisinau), FIT freie internationale tankstelle (Berlin), Formverk (Eskilstuna), Galleria Espoonsilta (Espoo), Galleri 69 (Oslo), Gallery of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts (Bratislava), guestroom (London), Hafriyat Karaköy (Istanbul), Heidelberger FORUM für KUNST (Heidelberg), Het Rondeel (Maastricht), Hobusepea Galerii (Tallinn), IDEE 01239 e.V. (Dresden), immanence (Paris), Impex (Budapest), Jet (Berlin), Koh-i-noor (Copenhagen), Künstlerforum Bonn (Bonn), Künstlerhaus Dortmund (Dortmund), Kunstbahnhof Dresden (Dresden), KUNSTFAKTOR Produzentengalerie (Berlin), Kunst-Imbiss (Hamburg), Kunstpflug (Brück), Kunstverein GRAZ (Regensburg), K2 Contemporary Art Center (Izmir), Ladan/the mobile box (Gothenburg), LE (9) BIS (Saint-Etienne), Lokal-int (Biel-Bienne), Mad Woman in the Attic (Porto), microwesten (Berlin/Munich/Oberstdorf/Kassel), montanaberlin (Berlin), Oficyna Malarska (Warsaw), PENG! raum für kunst (Mannheim), petersburg project space (Amsterdam), Piramid Art Center (Istanbul), Plan 9 (Bristol), platform (Vaasa), Prima Center Berlin (Berlin), Produzentengalerie M (Potsdam), Produzentengalerie Passau (Passau), Pryzmat Gallery (Krakow), Rael Artel Gallery (Tartu), Remont Gallery (Beograd), rosalux (Berlin), Senko Studio (Viborg), sparwasser hq (Berlin), Stapelhaus (Cologne), Start Art (Reykjavik), Stedefreund (Berlin), Studio 44 (Stockholm), Substitut (Berlin), Titanik (Turku), The White Tube (Oslo), trottoir (Hamburg), Udstillingsstedet SPANIEN19C (Aarhus), Unten Drunter (Malmö), UNWETTER (Berlin), uqbar (Berlin), Verkligheten (Umea), video tank (Zurich), Visite ma tente (Berlin), 7. Stock (Dresden), 26cc (Rome), 91mQ art project space (Berlin), :mentalKliNiK (Istanbul)
and
Artquest (London), berlinerpool (Berlin), Kolonie Wedding e.V. (Berlin), New Work Network (London), Nordic Art Association (Sweden), OFFOFF - Independant Art Spaces Switzerland (Switzerland)

Art Swap Europe - catalogue (PDF-Dokument, ca. 4,5 MByte)

Art Swap - Participants II

Art Swap - Exhibition II - Kolonie Wedding e.V. (Berlin), OFFOFF (Switzerland), berlinerpool (Berlin)

Béla Kästner-Kubsch (IDEE 01239 e.V., Dresden), Lina Persson (Ladan/the mobile box, Gothenburg), Carla Orthen (Stedefreund, Berlin), Michael Stellmacher and Grit Ruhland (project 'being organised', Dresden)

Art Swap - Exhibition III - Art Laboratory Berlin (Berlin)

Programme

SATURDAY, 11 OCTOBER 08
(venue: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten)
 
10:00am - welcome and introduction
Christian Schneegass, Akademie der Künste
Werner Schaub, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)
 
10:15am - panel discussion
’artists’ mobility’
Andreas Joh. Wiesand, European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts), Bonn
Sabine Bornemann, Cultural Contact Point. Germany, Bonn
moderator: Petra Reichensperger, Berlin
 
11:45am - best practice
short presentations of spaces and concepts
Carla Orthen, Stedefreund, Berlin
Béla Kästner-Kubsch, IDEE 01239 e.V., Dresden
Lina Persson, Ladan/the mobile box, Gothenborg
Introduction by Grit Ruhland and Michael Stellmacher, project 'being organized' (On Call), Dresden
 
13:15pm to 4:45pm - open forum
exhibition, talks, face-to-face meetings
 
4:45pm - panel discussion
‘networks – platforms – structures’
Daniel Suter, OffOff, Switzerland
Brigitte Kölle, Tim Voss, subvision.kunst.festival.off., Hamburg
Maria Backman, Nordic Art Association, Swedish Section
moderator: Petra Reichensperger, Berlin
 
6:15pm - closing remarks
 
8:00pm
cairoscape – images, imagination and imaginary of a contemporary mega city
project by Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel
(venue: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin)

Maria Backman (Nordic Art Association), Daniel Suter (OFFOFF - Independant Art Spaces Switzerland), Brigitte Kölle and Tim Voss (subvision.kunst.festival.off., Hamburg), Petra Reichensperger (Berlin)

Art Swap - Exhibition IV - New Work Network (London)

SUNDAY, 12 OCTOBER 08
 
10:30am to 2:00pm - open forum
exhibition, talks, face-to-face meetings
(venue: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten)
 
and
 
11:00am to 2:00pm - space visits
artist-run initiatives in Berlin-Wedding
organised by Kolonie Wedding e.V.
(venue: Office Kolonie Wedding e.V., Soldiner Str. 92, 13359 Berlin)

Kolonie Wedding e.V. (Berlin) I

Kolonie Wedding e.V. (Berlin) II

Information

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Tel.: +49 30 23457666
Fax: +49 30 28099305
Email: art (at) igbk (dot) de
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Contact: Thomas Weis and Christine Heemsoth