Programm

16.01.2022 – 3 to 4:30 pm
Dynamische Akustische Forschung (DAF) – Floating Fragments

Floating Fragments, 2021, links the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden as a media hybrid form of Dynamic Acoustic Research (DAF) with the publicly accessible fountain of the Caracalla-Therme and the sculpture Kniende (1944) by Ludwig Kasper installed there. Both places are connected by two actions that lead from the fountain to the Kunsthalle at the beginning of the exhibition period and from the Kunsthalle back to the fountain at its end. In the meantime, the action object generates itself in the concrete space of the exhibition through its own crystallization process, while the urban path between the two places is lined by QR links into the fluidity of the collective sound archive. Various elemental aggregate states in sound, sculpture, installation and performance explore a spectrum of references between the history of Baden-Baden, local localizations and the present conditions of artistic agency.

 

Floating Fragments is a work by Susanne Dundler, Lucas Maximilian Frohn, Theresa Hartmann, Julius Jurkiewitsch, Valeria Stuflesser, Guoxin Tian, Linda Werner, Hans Wirsching.

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19.02.2022
Cosmos Ottinger

Ulrike Ottinger and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden have one thing in common: with our location in Baden-Württemberg, we share the same habitat in the artistic context. Born and raised in Constance, Ottinger has been and still is artistically active—be it in the field of visual arts or film—almost everywhere. As part of the Hans Thoma Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the exhibition Cosmos Ottinger at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden presents the multifaceted oeuvre of this internationally renowned artist.

Fabulous worlds, surreal settings, somber and serene elements: there is no more perfect place than Ottinger’s cosmos to define a queer gaze or formulate a feminist perspective, or even better, to build a personal and political bridge uniting all these elements. Ottinger’s cosmos is a galaxy in itself, an outer space, an extraterrestrial threshold that helps us understand who we are today.

As its title suggests, this exhibition features everything that constitutes the legendary Ottinger’s artistic practice. This exhibition is entirely dedicated to the imagination of this extraordinary artist and, like a dictionary that defines her languages or an alphabet that deciphers her stories, it turns the pages of her diverse and long-standing oeuvre. The Kunsthalle becomes a stage, a film set, a studio, a backstage, an archive, and a living museum. Photographic images map those places in the world where she has spent her life, while installation elements and sculptural forms reflect her understanding of bodies. Cinematic formats that reflect her politics of storytelling and political statements in many different forms create interstitial spaces.

The work of this pioneer of avant-garde cinematography captivates with its unmistakable aesthetic. Her feminist view of past and current events and portrayal of queer personalities establishes a point of contact with current sociopolitical discussions.

The exhibition tour embarks from the artist’s extravagant filmic worlds by means of scripts, film props, object and costume installations, fabric collages, and photographs.

It ends with a presentation of Ottinger’s paintings, which she created as a young artist in Paris. With her paintings, she is considered one of the most important representatives of Pop Art in Europe. These works remind us that a critical and creative examination of issues that were already addressed fifty years ago in the student protests in Paris must be unrelenting.

From film enthusiasts to art lovers, from flaneurs to travelers, from an audience to performers—visitors to Baden-Baden will assume very different positions as the exhibition reviews the most significant stages of Ottinger’s oeuvre. Reminiscences of her unparalleled films such as Freak Orlando (1981) or Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Tabloids (1984), as well as examples of her subtle approach to direction in other fields, from photography to painting, form a storyline to understand how Ottinger remembers and reconstructs her own way of storytelling. In the context of exhibition-making, these questions are very relevant today: how do we create unique spaces of film history in a museum setting? And how can we revive these historical elements of early queer, feminist and political themes for future generations?

A selection of Ulrike Ottinger’s films will be shown weekly at the Moviac cinema in Baden-Baden to accompany the exhibition. A catalogue for the exhibition will be published at the end of April.

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04.12.2021 – 8:30 to 10:30 pm
Lidl Chanel (Feng Zeng) – La Vie en Kitsch

Lidl Chanel is a performance character that Feng Zeng invented in the context of social media. 

As a rebel Y-kid from a third world country, her performance is based on practices of traditional Chinese herbal medicine with the aim to heal the lost western soul, stuck in the myth of capitalism.

Reflecting on diverse contexts, Lidl Chanel adapts to local conditions to discover various cultural features as ingredients. Thus, fusion philosophy is the key to help patients out with emotional issue, toxic loops and guilty pleasures.

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04.12.2021 – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Ludgi Porto, Madeleine Wegner – Invisible, she floats in the presence of the tide

Two people. Vague outlines on both sides. How can they meet facing uncertainty?
Eine performance — combining moments of melancholic beauty, vulnerability and fluidity based on improvisation.
The project focuses on togetherness and separation emerging from constant unpredictabilities. Using various media as a reflection of recent screen-based realities, the performance poses the question: How can we look at each other, gather,
encounter and self-organise collectively despite resistance and failure?

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16.01.2022 – 11 to 3 pm
Antonia Böckle, Yara Richter – seep

Two people. Connected through a rustling tube, ever-expanding as they communicate through sound and writing. How can they nurture a common language?
A performance combining moments of melancholic beauty, vulnerability and fluidity based on improvisation. The project focuses on togetherness and separation emerging from constant unpredictabilities. Using various media as a reflection of recent screen-based realities, the performances pose the question: How can we look at each other, gather, encounter and self-organise collectively despite resistance and failure?

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04.12.2021 – 4:15 to 8:15 pm
wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen

Everyone needs a break and every highway needs a rest stop. At the transit point between setting off and arriving, between guard rails and wooded areas, no one wants to linger very long, but everyone does at some point. The highway rest stop appears as a symbol of a time that has long since passed its peak. Yet there is still someone there. Observes, tells us stories and above all: waits. Not for the return of the multi-ton trucks, but for a swarm of birds, for a certain crowd of migratory birds that is coming, that will surely arrive here soon… like every year at this time?

 

Based on material from the research project Raststädte, wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen resonates the echo of the rest stop and negotiates forms of travel and migratory movements, resting and waiting, birds and travelers.

 

Concept/text/directed by: David Moser

Concept/text/dramaturgy: Natalie Baudy

Scenography: Sophie Lichtenberg

Sounddesign and Live Performance: Thea Soti

Performance: Maximilian Klas

Produced by: Veronika Wagner

Video edit / event tech: Luise Peschko

 

The performance will be in German language.

The performance can be accessed and left at any point.

Duration: 4h

 

Using „Vogelarten, die es leider nicht geschafft haben“ by Tilman Ramstedt and the research material of Michael Akstaller, Eva Borrmann, Urs Humpenöder, Laura Immler, Stephan Janitzky, Hannes Köpke, Julia Liedel.

 

Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR #takeaction

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04.12.2021 – 3:15 to 4 pm
Dynamische Akustische Forschung (DAF) – Floating Fragments

The work Floating Fragments by the soundart collective Dynamic Acoustic Research (DAF) consists of a series of condensations and displacements of how conditions are a way to frame consequences in a complex world. It is anchored in a small publicly accessible fountain, doubling as a spa and the lost arms of the female statue on top of the fountain. The former contains the thermic water, which enabled the historical emergence of Baden-Baden as a site of contemporary art. By connecting Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and the fountain through the collective sound, installation and performance, the two are transformed to explore another understanding of Baden-Baden’s urban history, economy, and ecology, on the one side, and labour and the appearance and disappearance of agency on the other side. Kunsthalle becomes a cold store and laboratory in which this process takes place.

 

Floating Fragments is a work by Susanne Dundler, Lucas Maximilian Frohn, Theresa Hartmann, Julius Jurkiewitsch, Valeria Stuflesser, Guoxin Tian, Linda Werner, Hans Wirsching.

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05.12.2021 – 2 to 6 pm
wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen

Everyone needs a break and every highway needs a rest stop. At the transit point between setting off and arriving, between guard rails and wooded areas, no one wants to linger very long, but everyone does at some point. The highway rest stop appears as a symbol of a time that has long since passed its peak. Yet there is still someone there. Observes, tells us stories and above all: waits. Not for the return of the multi-ton trucks, but for a swarm of birds, for a certain crowd of migratory birds that is coming, that will surely arrive here soon… like every year at this time?

 

Based on material from the research project Raststädte, wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen resonates the echo of the rest stop and negotiates forms of travel and migratory movements, resting and waiting, birds and travelers.

 

Concept / text / directed by: David Moser

Concept / text / dramaturgy: Natalie Baudy

Scenography: Sophie Lichtenberg

Sounddesign and Live Performance: Thea Soti

Performance: Maximilian Klas

Produced by: Veronika Wagner

Video edit / event tech: Luise Peschko

 

The performance will be in German language.

The performance can be accessed and left at any point.

Duration: 4h

 

Using „Vogelarten, die es leider nicht geschafft haben“ by Tilman Ramstedt and the research material of Michael Akstaller, Eva Borrmann, Urs Humpenöder, Laura Immler, Stephan Janitzky, Hannes Köpke, Julia Liedel.

 

Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR #takeaction

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04.12.2021
Conditions of a Necessity

Conditions of a Necessity originated as an assembly in September 2020, bringing together six visual arts and two theatre classes throughout Germany, under the invitation to co-create within the Kunsthalle premises. Responding to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the cancellation of in-class facilities as well as graduation shows, the Assembly initiated a studio-like gathering in both digital and physical iterations for two weeks. More than a year later, Conditions of a Necessity is brought back to Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden as the culmination of evolved projects in an exhibition. 

 

Following the prompt of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden’s directors, Çağla Ilk and Misal Adnan Yıldız, an informal framework was set up through which to practice non-individualistic modes of creation, collectively determined forms of organisation, communication and collaborative decision-making. In this context, Baden-Baden serves not only as a host but echoes the singularity of the city itself as a site of recuperative retreat, a space of time out of time. The framework was enlarged subsequent to the Assembly by theorist/artist Patricia Reed and artist Egemen Demirci, who have intervened as mediators and curators throughout the twelve months of project development with artists from the various classes. These include Lensbased Class (University of the Arts Berlin), Temporary Spaces (University of the Arts Bremen), Time-based Media (University of the Arts Hamburg), the collective Dynamic Acoustic Research (DAF), Body, Theory and Poetics of the Performative (Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design), and Expanded Cinema (Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig).

 

Throughout manifold exchanges, the artists and curators reflected not only on and through our dramatically altered conditions of sociality, but also on the consequences of these conditions upon institutional, educational, and configurations of collaboration unto themselves. Two notable tendencies emerged in this process yielding a stereoscopic picture of how understandings of the “commons” are manifest. In one inclination, the commons is implicitly tethered to its agricultural legacy as the delineation of a shared territory, where responsibilities are distributed amongst individual members as stakeholders. Translated into an artistic context, this instance of the common appears as a multiplicity of artistic voices/forms in a shared environment. The second tendency mobilised the commons in a mode of dissolved individual authorship, inventing techniques of commingled working towards the creation of a shared project. 

 

As the necessity to contend with contemporary problems is indissociable from the necessity to discover ways to practice the commons and being in-common, the experimental works underwritten by these approaches, offer a glimpse at how a younger generation of artists are negotiating such shared, complex, multidisciplinary problems through artistic means. The collection of works from performance, to video installation, to sound and sculpture presents diverse vocabularies of form, reflective of future histories for which the seeds are being sown in the present.  

 

The public opening of the exhibition Conditions of a Necessity will be accompanied by performances by the art students.

 

Participants are:

Temporary Spaces Class

Prof. Asli Serbest

HfK Bremen

Maria Arzt, Livia Brocke, Kate Chen, Farzad Golghasemi, Sanija Klavina (Sunny), Jin Liang (Lucy), Miljana Nikovic, Recep-Ali Özyilmaz, Liu Peng, Kaja Poestges, Maike Sophie Quenzer, Yilei Sheng, Hanna Stijnen, Emilia Sting, Abdulghaffar Tammaa, Elizaveta Vasileva, Frank Wang, Bonnie Wenzke, Feng Zeng

 

Lensbased Class

Prof. Hito Steyerl

UdK Berlin

Garden Alliance:

Arwin Ahmadpur, Teresa Hoffmann, Jeanna Kolesova, Daria Kozlova, Leyla Toprak

 

Bovista Mushroom Club:

Mariam Aslanishvili, Annagul Beschareti, Viktor Bone, Elisa Jule Braun, Maithu Bùi, Tetyana Gryniva, Jack Hogan, Annkathrin Kluss, Lena Kocutar, Can Kurucu, Victoria Martinez, Heiko-Thandeka Ncube, Ali Yass

 

Körper, Theorie und Poetik des Performativen

Prof. Discoteca Flaming Star

ABK Stuttgart

Toni Böckle, Ludgi Porto, Yara Richter, Madeleine Wegner

 

Expanded Cinema

Prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer

HGB Leipzig

Louis Hay, Franziska Koppmann, Jan-Luca Ott, Jonas Roßmeißl, Yara Saleh, Johanna Maj Schmidt, Stefania Smolkina, Su Yu Hsin, Max Wigger

 

Time-based Media

Prof. Simon Denny

HFBK Hamburg

Belia Brückner, Elio J Carranza, Merle Dammhayn, R Sharon Engelhardt, Christiany Erler, Marthe Fock, Taissa Fromme, Julia Koch, Gustav Holst Kurtzweil, Rahel Grote Lambers, Yi Li, Asma Abo Mostafa, Merlin Reichart, Lena-Marie Schütte, Prateek Vijan, Insa Wagner, Karla Zipfel

 

Dynamische Akustische Forschung (DAF)

Jan St. Werner

Susanne Dundler, Lucas Maximilian Frohn, Theresa Hartmann, Julius Jurkiewitsch , Valeria Stuflesser, Guoxin Tian, Linda Werner, Hans Wirsching

 

​​wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen

Performative Installation

Michael Akstaller, ​​Natalie Baudy, Eva Borrmann, Maximilian Klas, Sophie Lichtenberg, Urs Humpenöder, Laura Immler, Stephan Janitzky, Hannes Köpke, Julia Liedel, David Moser, Thea Soti

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22.11.2021 – 6 to 10 pm
SYMPOSIUM REST AREA

Works of artistic research and performance, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.
With contributions by: Michael Akstaller, Eva Borrmann, Urs Humpenöder, Laura Immler, Stephan Janitzky, Hannes Köpke, Julia Liedel and Maria Wang Kvalheim.
With impulse lectures and assistance by: Petra Dischinger, Justyna Kalbarczyk, Kunstverein St. Pauli, Florian Werner Production management: Veronika Wagner

Seven artists turn an Autobahn rest area into their living and production space. Over the course of ten days, they expose themselves to the place, collect, write, document, linger. From a 1960s bridge restaurant hovering above the highway, they stare at the Autobahn
cosmos, intervene, and connect with people who provide creative input. Their aim is to broaden their understanding of the peculiar environment they came upon. By being there together, individual questions combine into a collective interest, resulting in a multi perspective sketch of the rest area.

What is it like to stay in a place where staying is not intended for? How do space and participants interact at the rest area, how are people and infrastructure interwoven here? Seeing the rest area as a living monument of German history, what does it tell us about the land of automobility and its relationship to capitalized recreation?

Filtered and pre-sorted by the artists, the research results are now made publicly accessible in the format “Symposium Rest Area” in the rooms of the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. At the symposium, the artists’ collection from the research period is on display in the form of performative sketches, works of documentation, texts, and fleeting explorations of space. During the four hours, the audience is invited to compare the various perspectives of the rest area, and look into their differences and parallels.

Beyond that “Symposium Rest Area” forms the basis for the project “wer rastet, kann auch in den himmel schauen” by Natalie Baudy, Maximilian Klas, Sophie Lichtenberg, David Moser and Thea Soti. In a subsequent three week rehearsal phase, the group will further work on the impressions shared at the symposium and adapt them into a performative room installation that will be shown at the exhibition “Conditions of a Necessity 2”.

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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10–18 h
Wednesday
10–18 h
Thursday
Christi Himmelfahrt
Friday
10–18 h
Saturday
10–18 h
Sunday
10–18 h
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Adults
7 Euro
Discounted ticket
5 Euro
Pupils
3 Euro
Family
11 Euro
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