Theater, Performance und Tanz in Hamburg - Kampnagel

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Internationales Sommerfestival 2020
Kunstverein in Hamburg:

Being Laid Up Was No Excuse For Not Making Art – Corona Sound System

  • © Fred Dott
Art / Music / City

In a group exhibition, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the International Summer Festival present protagonists of the Hamburg art world and international positions that work with sound. The exhibition at the Kunstverein is a reaction to the experience of the past months and emphasizes the importance of artistic production, especially in times of a worldwide disruption. CORONA SOUND SYSTEM is the second part of the exhibition series BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART and foregrounds the experience of listening. Summer Festival artists such as Thies Mynther, Veit Sprenger and Tobias Euler or Felix Kubin and Kampnagel regulars such as the Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati develop sound scores and installations that run like a six-hour album one after the other during an exhibition day. Further sound works are by Wolfgang Tillmans, the electronic composer and musician Holly Herndon (who has already been a guest at the summer festival in 2015 and 2019) or the experimental Early Music Choir Ensemble Graindelavoix and its director Björn Schmelzer from Antwerp (whose Summer Festival concert in a church had to be postponed until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic). In a spacial setting, radio plays, ambient music and concerts are placed alongside minimalist tones – and one unique cosmos of sound alternates with the next.


This year the summer festival takes place under special circumstances. Therefore it is important that we observe security measures to protect everyone and collect the contact information of our guests. This works without complications, but only with your help:

·         Everywhere: Keep a distance of 1.5m, except in self-chosen groups of max. 10 people;

·         In all indoor areas: Wear mouth-nose-protection, except in fixed seating areas;

·         In the festival garden and in the Peacetanbul Restaurant: please always register as soon as you take a seat. The registration is done analogue with pen and paper or digital via a QR CODE. More information on site.

  • Curator: Bettina Steinbrügge
  • Participating Artists: Die Apotheke, Jenny Beyer, Carola Ernst, Tobias Euler, Pascal Fuhlbrügge, Graindelavoix/Björn Schmelzer, Lawrence Abu Hamdan , Holly Herndon, Annika Kahrs, Felix Kubin, Hanne Lippard, Melissa E Logan, Thies Mynther, Charlotte Pfeiffer, Jenny Schäfer , Schwabinggrad Ballet, Nika Son, Mounira Al Solh, Jakob Spengemann, Veit Sprenger, Wolfgang Tillmans, Curtis W Winter u.a.

WITH SUPPORT FROM Behörde für Kultur und Medien, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Mara & Holger Cassens Stiftung, CORA-Kunststiftung unter dem Dach der Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung, HASPA

An Exhibition by Kunstverein in Hamburg IN COOPERATION with Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Hauptsache Frei – Festival der Darstellenden Künste Hamburg e.V. and Galerie Kai Erdmann

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