General Info

Van 07-09-1999 t/m 19-09-1999

Dis.Location is an art project, showing the work of 16 artists in 4 exhibitions within a period of 2 weeks.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (FIN), David Claerbout (B), Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler (IRE/CH), Runa Islam (GB/NL), Gerald van der Kaap (NL), Marcus Kreiss (D/F), Mark Lewis (GB), Christl Lidl (F), Aurelia Mihai (D), Valérie Mréjen (F), Antoni Muntadas (E/USA), Hayley Newman (GB), Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag (D), Peter Stel (NL), Martijn Veldhoen (NL)

The project's performances, video and room installations deconstruct our ordered picture of reality, space and time, identity or routine. Image, narrative and time periods are shifted, the obvious becomes entangled within contradictions.

Disorientation, uncertainty or confusion are present not as a symptom of society, but as an artistic strategy. It's about the strategy of deconstructing the reality.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila / Today

At the core of the confusion is the media manipulated daily life e.g.: the contrived human controversies schooled by TV dramas and talk shows - also referred to as desire. Film and television images will be literally taken apart.

The four exhibitions in the festival series are each centred around a particular theme. 'Dis.Location' part 1 begins with the de/construction of identity, part 2 shows collages of incompatible time periods, part 3 maintains the feeling of indefinable suspense and part 4 tells of the real daily dramas.

The project takes the theme of 'dislocation' and applies it like a 'storyboard' to the whole project. During the 4 exhibitions some work will be show several times in different settings. Through this movement different aspects of the same work of art will become accessible. A lineal, static exhibition structure is broken down in favour of a dynamic, almost film-like narrative.

Immediately upon entering the exhibition the observer's position is reversed. Runa Islams video 'Gaze of Orpheus' permanently throws the observer's view back on itself.

Curators:Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Jan Schuijren.

In March 1999 hARTware projekte moved into its new location in the city of Dortmund's music and culture centre (MuK). In the future a decentralised infrastructure for the production of media art will be available here. Also in plan is the founding of an international grant for media art. Additionally hARTware projekte can use an exhibition hall (400 square meters) as an open platform for the showing of contemporary art.

Met dank aan:
Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund, Videoprojekt Denneborg and Brinkhoff's, Dortmund.