Glamour and Globalisation at HMKV

From May 5, - July 16, 2006 the Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) presents two exhibitions on the topic soccer and globalisation at the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund: 'Glamour and Globalisation' (curated by Inke Arns, HMKV Dortmund) and 'Fanshop of Globalisation: Soccer, Space and Economy' (a project by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and raumtaktik, Berlin).

May, 5 - July 16, 2006, HMKV at PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
Opening: Thu May 4, 2006, 19:00
Opening speeches: Dr. Gerhard Langemeyer, Mayor of the City of Dortmund; Dr. Christian Esch, director of NRW Kultursekretariat, and Dr. Inke Arns, artistic dirctor of Hartware MedienKunstVerein

Parallel to the 'Fanshop of Globalization' Hartware MedienKunstVerein presents fourteen international media artists / projects that deal with the five thematic chapters of the 'Fanshop' and broaden these topics in specific ways: (labour) migration, added value, networking / global corporate enmeshment, cultural identity and social divide.

Ursula Biemann/Angela Sanders and Etta Gerdes/Jens Sundheim research new forms of transnational (labour) migration which are caused by globalization. While Mieke Gerritzen shows the 'beautiful world' of globalization as an endless series of colourful adverts and slogans, Ingeborg Lüscher makes two football teams face (and play against) each other in elegant, specially tailor-made designer suits. In economy, as in football, only those are on the winning team who break the rules of the game without getting caught. In an kind of pre-emptive obedience the artists'/activists' group re-named the historical Karlsplatz in Vienna into 'Nikesquare' in 2003 -- a scenario that the producer of sport sneakers was not exactly happy with. The spectacular action is documented on video. For several years now the Yes Men have appeared as the 'official' representatives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the company Dow Chemical. In this function they recently announced on BBC World the immediate financial compensation of the victims of the devastating chemical disaster of Bhopal. Although Dow Chemical immediately disclaimed, the Dow share was going down almost immediately. During a 'Global Risk Management' conference in London in 2004 the Yes Men presented the 'Acceptable Risk Calculator' to enthusiastic managers and unveiled Gilda, the golden skeleton -- now on display at PHOENIX Halle Dortmund. In 2001 in their function as 'representatives' of the city of Leipzig Eva Hertzsch and Adam Page travelled to the venues of the World Championship of Football in Japan and Korea and had talks with local representatives. The video which will be premiered in the PHOENIX Halle documents their astonishing findings. In a monumental cartographic image mounted on a wall the group Bureau d'Etudes dissects the capillary structures and entanglements of global media and telecommunications ownership, thus displaying what binds the world's innermost core together. Further works that deal with football as a cultural phenomenon in (social and geographic) centers and peripheries are by Ulf Aminde, Martin Brand and Omer Ali Kazma (who shows a large video installation dealing with the football team of Galatasaray Istanbul and its trainer). And finally, the London Psychogeographical Association recalls three-sided football which was introduced in the 1980s by the African football player Luther Blissett and explains its rules.

Participating artists: (I), Ulf Aminde (D), Ursula Biemann / Angela Sanders (CH), Luther Blissett / London Psychogeographical Association, Martin Brand (D), Bureau d'Etudes (F), Etta Gerdes / Jens Sundheim (D), Mieke Gerritzen (NL), Eva Hertzsch & Adam Page (D/GB), Omer Ali Kazma (TR), RASSIM (BG), Ingeborg Lüscher (CH), The Yes Men (USA)

Curated by Inke Arns (HMKV)

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