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Reeperbahn Festival Socials

Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
In recent days we’ve announced our literature and film programmes, and now, with today’s press release, we’re pleased to present the 2017 art programme. Among this year’s events: contemporary art from Iran; collaborations with the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Affenfaust Galerie, and the Kunsthalle’s Young Friends; Reeperbahn Festival classics, including Gallery Hopping through the galleries of Hamburg’s Neustadt and the Flatstock Europe Poster Convention; an art theme park in Taubenstraße, complete with an open-air cinema; and a pool party – that’s right, a pool party – with Viva con Agua! 
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 27 July 2017
“Good art is a conscious and sustained confrontation once you see and experience it.”
This quotation is not a random choice but comes from Thomas Judisch, one of the conceptual artists at this year’s festival. He’ll be presenting his project “too many birds” in Taubenstraße – and in the process triggering memories of both Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and the G20.

Which brings us to the Reeperbahn Festival art programme’s central venue, this year organised in cooperation with Affenfaust Galerie: Taubenstraße. Taubenstraße is for the art programme what Spielbudenplatz is for the live programme and what the square between Arcotel and Mojo Club is for the conference: the place to go – and, in this case, the place to go not only to see but also to experience art. Taubenstraße offers a new programme each day, ranging from artistic interactions to performances.

Interventions incorporating a high element of surprise and plenty of subtle humour are the speciality of Baldur Burwitz (DE), the enfant terrible of the current art scene – and his contribution to this year’s Reeperbahn Festival will no doubt cause quite a stir. The artist collective comprising artists Christine Kristmann, Anna Hubner and Anne Pretzsch will in their performance Unter Euch (Amongst Yourselves) (DE) challenge spectators to choose between involvement and distance, while artist Marleen Andreev will play with viewers’ perception in her textile-typographic wall installation.

Another focus of this year’s art programme is the presentation of contemporary Iranian art. The “Wundern über Tanawo'“ (IR) hut will function as a meeting place for transnational exchange, a place where festivalgoers can meet Iranian artists like Hamid Pourazari. Considered a key figure in Iran’s theatre scene, Pourazari has teamed up with actress Saede Niyazkhani to present a new production of his 2013 work “Sāl Sāniye” (photo), which looks at various types of identity crisis. The Hamburg-Tehran collective Radical Tehran combines sound collages, poems, and drone footage in its video installation “Tehran Thricolage”, which will be shown on an open-air cinema screen. This screen will also serve as a projection surface for a host of other works: short films by students in the design department at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; new Budny and Rossman (DE) episodes by Syrina Hartje and Waldemar Meln from Animationseries2000; and “You´d Better Run” by Hamburg-based artist Cordula Ditz, a work in which Ditz plays with absurd and grotesque scenes from B- and C-horror movies that show female victims fleeing – this last contribution is a presentation of the Kunstverein (art association) in Hamburg.
The Pool_Party presented by our friends at Viva con Agua and Millerntor Gallery promises to be a spectacular splash of an event – and sure to prove, once again, that political and social activism and fun are in no way mutually exclusive. 

The Flatstock Europe Poster Convention, a Reeperbahn Festival classic, returns in 2017, with poster and silkscreen artists from around the world exhibiting their work on Spielbudenplatz. And the Gallery Hopping tour, led by the Kunsthalle’s Junge Freunde (Young Friends), takes festivalgoers to the many galleries of Hamburg’s Neustadt district, providing art lovers with a chance to chat with artists and gallerists about the works on display. Always on the move! 

Also confirmed: Madeleine Christin Leroy (DE), L.U.C.K. - Public Space Design (DE), Lemonaid Social Bus (DE), Reeper Reeper 5 - One Moment in Time (DE), Recht auf Stadt: Eine Urban Citizenship Card für Hamburg (Right to the City: An Urban Citizenship Card for Hamburg ) (DE)

The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
Photo: Hamid Pourazari
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