The exhibition Georgie Nettell & Freya Field-Donovan, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Vera Lutz, Materials/Materialien, Maque Pereyra & Portrait XO, Alexandra Symons-Sutcliffe with MayDay Rooms Archive & The Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive, "Terre Thaemlitz: Give Up On Hopes And Dreams" by Patrick Nation, firefly frequencies, Free Home University departs from a collaboration with cultural producers and their research interests. With research-based, discursive, and object-based contributions, the exhibition is dedicated to free artistic research, which manifests not only in completed artworks, but also processually, in fragmented and idiosyncratic ideas, concepts, conversations, and the written word—in the “in-between.” At the Halle für Kunst, contributions by artists, curators, musicians, writers, poets, educators, and publishers will be presented, aiming at the visibility of a “work on forms” and artistic states of production.
Here, potential narratives are negotiated in the moment of exhibition: What does research about/for/through art look like, and respectively, what does art about/for/through research look like? How can aesthetic and social orthodoxies in contemporary culture be overcome through new transdisciplinary language and artistic vocabularies as well as a co-production of archives?
That dealing with material could itself become an art form was already demonstrated by a historical generation of artists, for whom creation stood for liberation, deconditioning, conviviality, and “non-teaching.” At the Halle für Kunst, it will be probed how far art and cultural production, even in its provisional, incomplete form, goes hand in hand today with a new form-finding of (re)presenting, theorizing, writing, and archiving—a form-finding that is “committed to cultivate and reclaim knowledge, relationships, and imagination,” (Alessandra Pomarico, Free Home University) in order to eventually maybe also learn how to learn.