Eton Fives is a game of hazards, played with bare hands and a ball against the walls of a very specific architecture full of assymetrical angles. This is how it may have begun: At the beginning of the 19th century, bored of waiting for the Holy Mess, school children played their cork ball against the outer wall of Eton Chapel, laying the groundstone for the later sport. It has mainly expanded in boarding schools, reproducing Eton's chapel niche as a sport's court throughout the world. With its uncommon architecture, this court is predestined for a renegotiation of asymmetrical spaces through the means of art and to open as a metaphorical playground and stage for new ways of play:
Within the framework of our anniversary exhibition Hi Ventilation, the sculptural reproduction of an Eton Fives Court by Fion Pellacini will host a series of one week long cabinet exhibitions. The minimal concrete structure will act as an exhibition space within the exhibition space, a shelter for the arts housing small group-exhibitions by young and more established artists both living in Hamburg or abroad.
The exhibitions of the series "Five in Fives" will be dedicated to different topics that relate to the concept of a Kunstverein and our location in the train station, asking questions about the game, the body, the network, the garden and the train – all dealing with alternative movement through established structures.