Open Call: S U 3

September 3 at 8:00 AM — September 13, 2020

SU3 is a cooperation project between the KVHBF showcases in the Hamburg Harburg train station and "It takes place between glass and windows", a project by Anne Meerpohl in the showcase in the entrance area of the HFBK. Which role models and discourses can be referred to, in which spaces do they become visible? The project draws connections between the two different places in the exhibitions and continues them in the listening room of the podcast, which bridges the distance between Harburg (S3) and Mundsburg (U3) e.g. in public transport. The podcast complements the exhibitions of the young Hamburg artists with international perspectives and shares existing knowledge. While anti-feminist positions have been gaining in strength for some time now, there is also a simultaneous empowerment to solidary structures, which are currently increasingly appearing and making themselves heard. They influence the way many artists organize and work and their positioning within institutions. This combination of artistic and activist ways of acting and viewing is made visible and audible with SU3.

If one showcase is located in an institutional framework with a defined public sphere, the other showcases are aimed at a rather unspecific audience of all those people who use tracks 3 and 4 of the Hamburg-Harburg train station, whether as commuters, long-distance travellers or people passing through, and thus in largely public space. What both have in common is that they are historical - the HFBK was built in the 1910s, the Harburg station in the 1890s. Representation and visibility are inscribed in them, and they are also a still effective frame of reference whose social principles are different from those we are interested in. The showcases we work with generally represent content that is neither feminist nor testimony to care and friendship. They reproduce certain (stereotypical) body and artist images, identity concepts, work and community images, with an emphasis on consumption and representation.

So what frame of reference can and must we create for ourselves? How and what kind of presence can we give ourselves in showcases that do not follow the same logics? Which transformation processes can we initiate, which ones can we follow?

The showcases in which we realize our joint project are thus literally shop windows into a future carried by the hope for social change, a longing for change, for artistic alliances.

Exhibition dates:

October 16 - 30, 2020
6 - 20 November 2020
November 27 - December 11, 2020
December 18, 2020 - January 2, 2021
January 8 - 22, 2021

This open call is directed at all students of the HFBK Hamburg.

If you are interested, please send us your portfolio and three or four sentences about what you are interested in (summarized in a PDF document) to by September 13, 2020.

Ten positions will be selected from the applications the following day and invited to a speed dating on September 16 at 6 pm in the KVHBF. On that evening we want to bring together as many as possible five couples, each of whom will enter into a dialogue with their artistic work, which will be made visible in and through the showcase exhibitions. One showcase per person is available at Harburg station and one half of the showcase at the HFBK.