Ausschreibung: Technik

10.05.2021 / BfF #1

Die Biennale für Freiburg sucht für die Durchführung von mehreren Veranstaltungen eine*n technische*n Mitarbeiter*in.

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Ausschreibung: Technik

10.05.2021 / BfF #1

Technische*r Mitarbeiter*in für die Biennale für Freiburg #1

Für die Durchführung von mehreren Veranstaltungen, großteils im öffentlichen Raum und Open Air, sucht die BfF #1 eine*n technische*n Mitarbeiter*in.

Gesucht wird eine Person, die ca. 10 Veranstaltungen zwischen Juni und August betreut, Auf- und Abbau von Bestuhlung und Bühnenelementen übernimmt, Ton- und Videotechnik installiert und steuert.

Wichtig sind uns: Erfahrung in der Betreuung von Kulturveranstaltungen, Sicherheit im Umgang mit Medientechnik, gewisse zeitliche Flexibilität, selbstständiges und zuverlässiges Arbeiten, Freude an ungewöhnlichen Veranstaltungsformaten und Örtlichkeiten und die Fähigkeit auf unvorhergesehene Situationen zu reagieren, sowie Führerschein und Fahrpraxis. Kenntnis im Umgang mit Kunstwerken erwünscht aber nicht vorausgesetzt.

ANFORDERUNGEN:
– Auf- und Abbau von Mobiliar: Tische, Stühle, Projektionswand
– Installation und Steuerung der Medientechnik: Beamer, Mikrofone, Leinwand etc.
– Beaufsichtigung der Veranstaltungen: Anwesenheit und Ansprechperson für Probleme oder Rückfragen
– Transport des Mobiliars, Führerschein Klasse B

FESTSTEHENDE VERANSTALTUNGSTERMINE SIND:
7., 18., 24., 26. Juni 2021
2., 9., 10., 15, 23., 24., 29. Juli 2021

Evtl. weitere Termine im August und September
Entlohnung auf Honorarbasis.

Bitte senden Sie eine kurze, aussagekräftige Bewerbung an: bewerbung@biennalefuerfreiburg.de
Ansprechperson bei Rückfragen: Leon Hösl, lhoesl@biennalefuerfreiburg.de / 015164194680

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Nachricht!

Exhibition dates of Biennale für Freiburg #1

14.04.2021 / BfF #1

Exhibition Parcours: September 10 - October 3, 2021 / Studio Program: Early May through end of August 2021

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Exhibition dates of Biennale für Freiburg #1

14.04.2021 / BfF #1

The first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg (BfF #1) explores the various modes of artistic production, and how they manifest both inside and outside of the studio space. During BfF #1’s runtime, artistic processes and activities are transferred from the traditional setting of an artist's studio towards a number of collective contexts and situations. The public space is thereby transformed into a place of production and a subject for debate.

For its inaugural edition, the Biennale für Freiburg will take place in two phases:
Studio Program: Early May through end of August 2021
Exhibition Parcours: September 10 to October 3, 2021

Conceived as a four-month-long phase for production, discourse and mediation, the Studio Program lays the groundwork for the subsequent exhibition parcours. Between May and August, artists will visit Freiburg extensively, providing insights into their production processes, organize workshops, and develop new works during their stay. In September, the exhibition parcours will unfold throughout various locations in Freiburg, with a rich offering of installations, video works, painting and photography, amongst other things. Many of these artistic contributions directly result from the processes that were explored during the preceding Studio Program. Events and performances complete the program. The locations will be announced in the coming weeks, but the exhibition dates are already set! You are invited to visit the exhibition between September 10 and October 3, 2021.

The Biennale understands the studio as a non-fixed place—the absence of classical studio spaces is the key starting point for our considerations. Therefore, the majority of events during this first period will take place at changing locations throughout Freiburg’s environs. The merging of studio and urban space will consequently reflect and shape the content of the program. The focus is on Freiburg in particular and on the city in general; taking a look at methods through which the urban can be perceived, developed and utilized for the creation of a cityscape. There will be a chance to ruminate on the role of the surrounding Black Forest as a healing, moisture-retaining cabinet. Or to learn more about the dual nature of the public space, which can manifest in both the prominent representation of historical events or in the erasure of lesser-known stories from the collective consciousness. The program will make way for voices that skillfully and openly report on private matters, simultaneously understanding that this precious information is best protected through the obfuscation of fiction. A marble statue with missing body parts becomes the catalyst for a conversation. In addition to this, the Biennale für Freiburg invites the audience to participate in two distinct walks, exploring diary writing and the sound of key locks, respectively. The concept of the public sphere itself will be examined in a symposion that is equal parts artistic interpretation and scientific precision.

All program points converge in an intermediate area, where intimate situations of production and public moments of presentation meet. We will invite you to particular events, in which your active participation by writing, collecting, narrating and dancing would be met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from our side. For other events, we are happy to welcome you as audience guests. The general public will not know about certain program components until after they occurred, as there are events that will be protected by the studio. You will not miss out on anything, however: all the artistic processes find their way into the final exhibition, where they will be complemented by other artistic works.

We will provide information about the Studio Program in monthly newsletters. Due to the regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still unsure whether we can commence with a public program in May already. Regardless, we are optimistic that we will soon have the pleasure to invite you to events taking place from June onwards.

Stay healthy and see you soon!
Biennale für Freiburg #1

Kulturpolitische Initiativen

15.02.2021 / Biennale für Freiburg


Die Biennale für Freiburg unterstützt das offene Netzwerk „Kultur macht reich“ sowie das landesweite "Bündnis für eine gerechtere Kunst- und Kulturarbeit."

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Kulturpolitische Initiativen

15.02.2021 / Biennale für Freiburg

Die Biennale für Freiburg unterstützt das offene Netzwerk „Kultur macht reich“, das sich auf lokaler Ebene für eine kreative und fördernde Kulturpolitik einsetzt:

„Seit ihrer Gründung in krisenhafter Zeit fordert die Initiative eine weitsichtige Kulturpolitik, die das kulturelle Erbe verantwortlich weiterträgt und für neue Impulse offen ist. Unabhängig von den jeweiligen Haushaltslagen engagiert sie sich für eine rechtzeitige und angemessene Einbeziehung der Freiburger Kultureinrichtungen in die kulturpolitischen Beratungen. Die Initiative wendet sich gegen eine konfrontative Gegenüberstellung von Kulturpolitik und Bildungs-/Sozialpolitik. Diese Bereiche brauchen und ergänzen einander.“

Außerdem ist Leon Hösl, künstlerischer Leiter der Biennale für Freiburg, Unterzeichner des landesweiten „Bündnis für eine gerechtere Kunst- und Kulturarbeit, Baden-Württemberg“. Im Juni 2020 gegründet verstehen sich die beteiligten Akteur*innen und Institutionen als offenes, unabhängiges und disziplinübergreifendes Bündnis für gerechte, diverse und inklusive Verhältnisse im Kunst- und Kulturbetrieb:

„Was uns bewegt, sind die Sorge um die Zukunft der Künste sowie die Überzeugung, dass diese nur dann unabhängig bleiben, wenn sich die Strukturen und Bedingungen des Kunst- und Kulturbetriebs sowie für Kunst- und Kulturarbeiter:innen radikal verändern.“

Am Montag, 22. März 2021, um 14 Uhr findet das nächste große Bündnistreffen digital statt.

Zu den vollständigen Statements und aktuellen Informationen:
Kultur macht reich
Bündnis für eine gerechtere Kunst- und Kulturarbeit

Ortsbegehung

13.09.2020 / Biennale für Freiburg

Biennale für Freiburg (BfF) invites you to its first event. During the Ortsbegehung, an on-site visit, the conceptual and thematic approach of the first edition will be presented, tested and discussed during a collective walk.

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Ortsbegehung

13.09.2020 / Biennale für Freiburg

September 24th, 7 pm
Stadtgarten, Freiburg

The studio of an artist or a class of art students does not necessarily depend on a physical space. A studio is primarily a place for production, experiment and exchange. A studio can be envisioned as a place of production, experiment and exchange: a protective space for thoughts and the actions taking place within it. A space for things in the making. A space of regular review, where actions are presented, tested and reflected upon. A space where honest opinions can be expressed and skills can be developed and applied. A space for construction and destruction, for consideration and spontaneity. A studio is a place where suggestions are made.

Ein weißes Blatt auf dem drei Bleistiftlinien gezogen sind. Zwei davon ziehen Schwünge und Kreise, die mittlere fast gerade. Die mittlere Linie beginnt an drei Punkten, die zu einer Linie zusammenlaufen, die untereste beginnt an einem Punkt und endet in drei seperaten Linien an deren Ende Pfeile gezeichnet sind.

Rahima Gambo, A Walk Map, 2019

Biennale für Freiburg (BfF) invites you to its first event. During the Ortsbegehung,(on-site visit) the conceptual and thematic approach of the inaugural edition will be presented, tested and discussed during a collective walk. This will be the first attempt to declare the public space as a work place and to create a temporary mobile studio. The event ends with the film “A Walk” (2019) by artist Rahima Gambo.

Participants:
Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz, Christoph Chwatal, Rahima Gambo, Aziza Harmel, Fanny Hauser, Leon Hösl, Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V. (Heidi Brunnschweiler, Heinrich Dietz, Julia Galandi-Pascual, Ben Hübsch), Magdalena Stöger, Fritz Laszlo Weber.

Rahima Gambo, A Walk Map, 2019

Shaping the relationship between ‘Biennale,’ ‘for’ and ‘Freiburg.’

12.04.2021 / Curatorial Advisory Board of BfF #1

For the first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg we were invited to form the Curatorial Advisory Board. We are Aziza Harmel, Christoph Chwatal, Fanny Hauser, Fritz Laszlo Weber, and Magdalena Stöger.

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Shaping the relationship between ‘Biennale,’ ‘for’ and ‘Freiburg.’

12.04.2021 / Curatorial Advisory Board of BfF #1

Christoph Chwatal, Leon Hösl, Aziza Harmel (upper row from left to right)
Fritz Laszlo Weber, Fanny Hauser, Magdalena Stöger (lower row from left to right)

This text is based on a transcript of the presentation of the Curatorial Advisory Board, which took place in hybrid form during the event “Ortsbegehung” on September 24, 2020.

For the first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg we were invited to form the Curatorial Advisory Board. We are Aziza Harmel, Christoph Chwatal, Fanny Hauser, Fritz Laszlo Weber, and Magdalena Stöger.

As artists, curators, and cultural scientists, we have worked in institutions, realized our own projects, founded collectives and project spaces, published texts, interned, and worked at numerous counters and cash registers to maintain ourselves (as well as our far-too-often precarious activities).

As a group, we form a space of resonance for curatorial, artistic, and scientific questions. In this space, our expertise, interests, and perspectives constitute a mosaic. The Advisory Board thus accompanies the development and process of the Biennale and provides advice and support to its artistic director Leon Hösl. Our fragmentary realities are joint through conversations in physical and digital space.

Leon Hösl, Fritz Lazlo Weber, Christoph Chwatal (upper row from left to right)
Magdalena Stöger, Fanny Hauser, Aziza Harmel (lower row from left to right)

In its form and structure, the Advisory Board assembles differently situated perspectives on the development of a Biennale für Freiburg. Similar to the word ‘at,’ the word ‘für’ (‘for’) is a preposition, a relational word. It anticipates an actual expression—just like we anticipate the actual event, the Biennale für Freiburg. Prepositions may carry local, temporal or causal meanings or serve to mark grammatical relations. As a Curatorial Advisory Board, we are committed to accompany the Biennale in shaping the relationship between ‘Biennale,’ ‘for’ and ‘Freiburg.’

Relationships are often of unsteady nature. They change. They update, renew, and evolve. In turn, relationships are usually based on what has been already. Our conversations and processes accompanying the biennale are tools to forge new relationships and relations. In this way, we accompany and reflect on the processual and site-specific working structures of the Biennale. Fragments of our exchanges are ultimately taking shape in Freiburg.

Brushed by Hand, Polished by Foot

21.12.2020 / Marius Schwarz

Paving has been a part of Freiburg since the 19th century. Stone by stone, its squares, streets and sidewalks were laid out, in structured or wild patterns, partially decorated or lined with ornaments.

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Brushed by Hand, Polished by Foot

21.12.2020 / Marius Schwarz

In 2012, the city of Freiburg invested in a fleet of hybrid electronic sweepers, all in the name of modernisation. Soon after their introduction, it turned out that in addition to trash and dirt, these sweepers also sucked up much of the sand from the grout joints of the city’s historical pavement. Consequentially, the department of civil engineering had to re-fill the streets with sand up to five à six times a year, which amounted in enormous annual expenditures. As usual when progress and history clash, a compromise had to be made. In the end, the city cleaners were asked to turn off their brand new sweepers on historic pavements and go back to using the hand broom instead.

Road workers are paving a road with natural pebble, Freiburg ca. 1945 to 1955

Paving has been a part of Freiburg since the 19th century. Stone by stone, its squares, streets and sidewalks were laid out, in structured or wild patterns, partially decorated or lined with ornaments. The pebble for paving used to be harvested during low tide at the river banks of the Rhine near Breisach from where they were carried over to Freiburg ever since. Travelling from the Alps of Switzerland, through Lake Constance and down the Rhine, these pebbles were ground into the characteristic flat ellipses. Due to their differing minerals, they came in a variety of colour shades, which made them a perfect material for complex designs.

Workers collect stones at the river, © Stadt Freiburg, Garten- und Tiefbauamt

Next to streets and squares, the pavers were asked to lay out mosaics, highlighting certain landmarks in the city. Some of them showed coats of arms in front of official buildings or icons and logos in front of businesses, others referred to the date of their construction or were purely ornamental. Allegedly, the first paver to make these signs in stone was Alois Krems (1825-1881), who is said to have picked up the technique during his wandering years in Southern France. The oldest preserved example is the “1899” inscription in Gerbergasse. It is also the only mosaic officially listed and protected as a monument. Since its beginning, paving was officially considered as architecture nor art. Up until today it remains a grey area and its design and execution stays the responsibility of each paver.

Working on a mosaic for a tailorshop, © Stadt Freiburg, Garten- und Tiefbauamt

When Freiburg was bombed by the Royal Air Force in 1944, the paving tradition came to a sudden halt. Eighty percent of the cities buildings was destroyed, as were 38km of its streets. Fortunately, much of the wreckage got preserved and stored. While other destructed cities decided to rebuild their streets with cheaper concrete or asphalt in the years after the war, Freiburg revived its costly tradition, reusing much of the old material.

Stone storgage at Bauhof Freiburg, Andreas Schwarzkopf, 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0

Today, street maintenance falls under the jurisdiction of the department of civil engineering and its employees. At their premises – just outside of the town – all sorts of stones are stored, sorted by colour and size, with some still dating back to the war. Since the pebble stocks of the Rhine river banks are almost exhausted, they are especially precious. The department categorizes them in three sizes with their very own stencil unit. The sizes relate to the amount of square meter a paver is expected to lay in a work day. Stones of size three equal about three square meters a day, stones of size one equal one square meter. Based on this unit, the department matter-of-factly calculates the costs of the pavement and the wage of the paver.

Sorting pebble by size, „Faszination Freiburg“, © SWR 2020

While the mosaics used to be paved directly into a bed of sand in the streets, today, they are prepared in the workshop during the winter months. In day-to-day business, the work on mosaics mainly concerns renovations. Every now and then new mosaics are commissioned by business owners, who want to advertise their new stores. Other times, the commission will come from the city, as part of the inauguration ceremony of new twin cities, for example. If there already is a pre-existing design, the pavers develop detailed plans to set them in stone. If there is none, they are free to develop and draw their own designs based on ideas that came up in talking to the clients. With the aid of wooden stencils, the mosaics are assembled inside big steel pans. Layer by layer, the stencil parts are removed and filled with stones. In the end, the mosaics are laid into the street in one piece.

Renovating a mosaic in the workshop, „Faszination Freiburg“, © SWR 2020

When the work on a mosaic is done, the wooden stencils are put into storage. The new mosaic in the street will be hand-brushed by city cleaners to make sure moss can settle in the joints and harden the sand. Over the years, the shoes of thousands of Freiburg's pedestrians will polish the stones and give them their characteristic matt shine.

Storage space of wooden stencils, Andreas Schwarzkopf, 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0

Most people will walk on the pavements without giving them much thought. Once in a while, however, someone will briefly stop and note the subtle execution or wonder about the origin of their design. Bit by bit, they could uncover more of their story: the long journey of the pebble; the destruction of the war and the efforts of reconstruction; the unforeseen compromises from maintaining tradition in modern times; the devotion, craftsmanship and the creativity of the anonymous paver.

Mosaic in front of “Penny” supermarket, Andreas Schwarzkopf, 2012, CC BY-SA 3.0
Marius Schwarz and Ronja Andersen have been developing the graphic design for the Biennale für Freiburg #1. In this process, the historic pavements of Freiburg as well as graffiti and tags covering the city walls were an important point of reference.

Difficult Times

21.12.2020 / Aziza Harmel

When Leon Hoesl, artistic director of the Biennale für Freiburg, told me about the new graphic identity for the biennale and mentioned the use of the typeface Difficult Times, we were in lock down, dealing with a worldwide pandemic.

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Difficult Times

21.12.2020 / Aziza Harmel

“You’re difficult to read.”, Jungmyung Lee, 2020.

When Leon Hoesl, artistic director of the Biennale für Freiburg, told me about the new graphic identity for the biennale and mentioned the use of the typeface Difficult Times, we were in lock down, dealing with a worldwide pandemic. The title of the typeface resonated and yet I first wondered, when in difficult times, do we have time to make typefaces? When in difficult times, do we open a new Biennale? The answer to these questions is probably no… or if we do so it means that times are not difficult enough. Nevertheless, if the world was in this never-ending slow-motion apocalypse, we have decided to make the time for all of these things. Don’t we all need to find ways to make the waiting more bearable? Whatever we do today, it will bear witness to our difficult and strange times.

Whether it was the right moment to make Difficult Times or not is not our main issue here. As it turns out the typeface was designed back in 2012 and the name just gained new meaning in the present context. I was intrigued by this typeface for different reasons, beyond its title. There is something almost amusing about the fact that it was based on Times New Roman, which is considered one of the most readable typefaces. The designer has slightly shifted the shapes and effectively disturbed the order of what is supposed to be the perfectly balanced letter shapes.

The predominant use of certain serif typefaces during more than a half millennium in printed matters could be the reason why we affirm that they are the most readable ones, but scientifically we have still not demonstrated that certain shapes are more legible and readable than others. In other words, the idea of the perfect letter is a construction made out of our conditioning to perceive harmony within the western canon.

The unease one could feel while going through a text typed in Difficult Times is related to how habits and aesthetics in the use of typography influence the reading process. It is the cognitive aspect of typography in the reading activity. It is precisely this cognitive aspect that the designer is tempted to tease. I use the verb tease because it is always with subtlety that the designers have distorted things. The cannon is still there, latent. Yet something has shifted and because shape is ideology and rhythm, even if we would go back to Times New Roman, we would never end up in the same place. It is all a question of time.

The sunrise of 2021, Jungmyung Lee, 2020.
Difficult Times was drawn by Ronja Andersen in 2012. The visual identity of the first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg (BfF #1) is designed by Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz.

Aziza Harmel is part of the curatorial board of BfF #1.

Excerpts from “A Walk” by Rahima Gambo

05.11.2020 / BfF #1

“Can we walk as a response to this?” This is one of the first questions that Rahima Gambo asks in her video A Walk.

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Excerpts from “A Walk” by Rahima Gambo

05.11.2020 / BfF #1

Introduction by Aziza Harmel

Can we walk as a response to this?
This is one of the first questions that Rahima Gambo asks in her film “A Walk”. Gambo understands walking as a narrative mechanism and collects objects during her strolls that she integrates in her drawings and installations. The artist came to ideate her practice of walking when she was researching the rising incidents of suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria. Not knowing how to face this horror, she starts to follow a path where she collects information found below the surface of what she can perceive with her own eyes. When the road becomes a site for memory and knowledge, the focus shifts and perceptions merge. The walk recognizes different spatial and temporal knowledge systems and is an attempt to heal, by putting things together like the artist does in her collages and assemblages. Just like in her photographs and video stills, there is something new and disjointed about these collages that differs from what it once was: “Not a woman, not a plant, not a picture, not a drawing, not a body, not a landscape, not a photograph, not a sculpture, not stillness and not movement.”

If information is control,
what is its opposite?

The two lines read like a riddle.
In the deep silences, the deeper contemplations,
in the deep end.
Where sound muffles and sight blurs.
Can we make sense of this?
Can we wander with no destination?
No known outcome or perceived end?
Can we walk as a response to this?

This
‘This is where she detonated her device’, a man said.
I looked down and notice a few bits of torn material,
mixed up with the earth and broken sticks.
And I looked further away towards where the reddish brown land met the sky.

How does one wrap language around the unexplainable, the unknown and the horrific. When we are exposed to the incomprehensible language stutters in fears. The tools of meaning-making of witnessing and documenting become inadequate. In these moments, instead of making sentences perhaps we should meet the incoherent with the incoherent, the negative with the negative.

I have this memory, it is not my own. It is my mother’s. She is eight and walking from her village ‘Wurode’ to school. She is a small child, smaller than the other children. As she walks, she kicks up the sand around her feet. Her feet are cracked. The tiny rocks cut at the soft parts, which at this point are numb from walking for so long so far.

As I walk I think about how I can mend a rupture,
stitch a gash and put the pieces back together of something
fragmented and exploded in the landscape.

A walk
A walk is about this land.
A walk
A walk is about the bodies of those unknown and unidentified
women who merged with the land.
A walk is transition.
A walk is resistance.
A walk
A walk is freedom.

Escape
A scape
Es-cape
Escapes
Escape from the confined limitations of
a certain location or environment.
Escape from suffering wounding and trauma.
Trauma keeps us frozen and unmoving.
Trauma makes us quickly grasp at language
to create a thick layer of ice over the void of unknowing,
someone once said.
To break through the ice means to find two-dimensionality.

I had to move.
I had to walk.
With each step leaning on what at first I thought was nothingness.
But upon closer inspection was a thick and writhing space of information,
not information that I could easily recognize.
But something that was below the surface
of what I could perceive with my eyes.

While walking I learned that one should not approach the wound directly. One should wander, wander around it for a time, double back and walk away from it, go outside for a time, then pivot and go in.

Inside is where true healing lies.
In the interior world, and the interior landscape.
What is healing, but putting back together things. Yes, walk in a straight line. And after a time, go off on a tangent, and then go off on another tangent. Walk until you break apart and shatter the boundaries between inside and outside.

Come apart at the edges a little and scatter into a pile of neatly cut lawn grass. Then slowly start to put the pieces back together. But this time, they will come together where they fit, far from where they used to be.

Disjointed and uncomfortable and incoherent.
Yes, it comes back together.
But not as it once was.
Not a woman, not a plant, not a picture, not a drawing,
not a body, not a landscape, not a photograph,
not a sculpture, not stillness, and not movement.

While walking I learned that one should not approach the wound directly. One should wander, wander around it for a time, double back and walk away from it, go outside for a time, then pivot and go in.

Inside is where true healing lies.
In the interior world, and the interior landscape.
What is healing, but putting back together things. Yes, walk in a straight line. And after a time, go off on a tangent, and then go off on another tangent. Walk until you break apart and shatter the boundaries between inside and outside.

Come apart at the edges a little and scatter into a pile of neatly cut lawn grass. Then slowly start to put the pieces back together. But this time, they will come together where they fit, far from where they used to be.

Disjointed and uncomfortable and incoherent.
Yes, it comes back together.
But not as it once was.
Not a woman, not a plant, not a picture, not a drawing,
not a body, not a landscape, not a photograph,
not a sculpture, not stillness, and not movement.

Rahima Gambo is an artist based in Abuja, Nigeria.

The text excerpts are transcripts of the voice over for the video *A Walk*, accompanied by images from “A Walk Series”. Both works are part of the ongoing project *A Walk Space* that the artist started in 2018. Rahima Gambo will participate in the first edition of Biennale für Freiburg in 2021.

Thanks to Maristella Witt for the transcription and German translation and Martha Martin-Humpert for editing the German translation. All images belong to *A Walk Series* (2018) by Rahima Gambo, courtesy the artist.

Ortsbegehung

24.09.2020 / BfF #1

On-site tour and first public announcement of Biennale für Freiburg #1.

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Ortsbegehung

24.09.2020 / BfF #1

On-site tour and first public announcement of Biennale für Freiburg #1.

During the on-site tour at Stadtgarten the newly conceived Biennale für Freiburg, as well as the concept of its inaugural edition were presented for the first time – a light kick-off for BfF #1, which will take place next year in two phases: the first between May and July 2021 with the Studio Program, and a second one in September 2021 with a public exhibition at various locations throughout Freiburg, accompanied by a rich program of events. We are grateful to everyone who came to Stadtgarten on the 24th of September despite the difficult weather conditions on that day!

Announcement of Biennale für Freiburg in the Musikpavillon at Stadtgarten. Photograph: Marc Doradzillo.

Heinrich Dietz, director of the Kunstverein Freiburg and chairman of the association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V., which is responsible for the BfF. Dietz recapitulates how the conception of a new biennial came about through an initiative by Freiburg artists and cultural practitioners. This initiative started as a reaction to the closure of the Freiburg satellite campus of the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe in 2017, which had been an important institution for art education in Freiburg since the 1950’s. The initiative developed into a program that contained several demands for the improvement of the contemporary art scene in Freiburg. These demands were included in the municipal’s budget with the support of the first mayor of Freiburg Ulrich von Kirchbach. It was agreed upon that Freiburg was in dire need for new impulses in the contemporary scene, after the closure of the public art school and that this could be generated through the format of a temporary exhibition, taking place also in public space. This measure was envisioned as a compensation, but – importantly – not a substitute for the academy. The initiative led to the formation of a smaller working group, which today for acts as the board of the association that is organizing BfF, consisting of Heidi Brunnschweiler, Heinrich Dietz, Julia Galandi-Pascual and Ben Hübsch. The next step after the formation of the board, was the appointment of Leon Hösl as Artistic Director to conceive the curatorial concept of the first edition and implement the vision of the initiative put forward by Freiburg’s cultural scene.

Heinrich Dietz, Chariperson of the associatoin Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V., that organizes BfF. Photography: Marc Doradzillo.

Heinrich Dietz: “When I look at the coherent concept for the first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg, I am convinced that it will set off impulses with an effect both on the city and beyond. One thing is certain: the first edition of the Biennale will be a new and important step – but hopefully not the only one – towards enriching the cultural life of the city through contemporary art in a sustainable way”.

For Leon Hösl, Artistic Director, the name of the new format, Biennale für Freiburg, already hints at its programmatic orientation:
“The designation as a ‘Biennial’ stands for a continuity that, unlike other short-term projects, enables an ongoing engagement with art in the city of Freiburg. It is not a matter of seeking comparison with the largest biennials in the world, but of creating a framework for artists to react to Freiburg over and over again, but also differently every time. The preposition ‘Für’ (‘for’) in Biennale für Freiburg implies that the locality of Freiburg should determine the thematic orientation of each edition. ‘Für Freiburg’ is thus also to be understood as an opportunity to think about and react to the local context from an external perspective; to identify needs and respond to them, but also to point out problems and address them directly. This relationship between the Biennale für Freiburg and the city of Freiburg is actually already summed up in the acronym ‘BfF’ - BFF, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER.”

Leon Hösl, Artistic Director of Biennale für Freiburg. Photography: Marc Doradzillo.

Christoph Chwatal and Fritz Laszlo Weber – part of the curatorial advisory board, which has been extensively involved in the conception and programming of the BfF – present the working methods of this group. The three other members, Aziza Harmel, Fanny Hauser and Magdalena Stöger, could not be present due to the current travel restrictions concerning COVID-19.

A statementput forward by the curatorial advisory board contains the following excerpt: “In its form and structure, the advisory board contributes to bringing together differently situated perspectives on the development of a Biennale für Freiburg. The word ‘for’ is a preposition, a relational word. It stands before the actual expression—just as we stand before the actual event, the Biennale für Freiburg 2021. Prepositions can carry local, temporal or causal meanings or serve to mark grammatical relations. As a Curatorial Advisory Board, we see our task in assisting the Biennial by shaping the relationship between the ‘Biennial’, ‘for’ and ‘Freiburg’. Relationships are often unsteady in nature. They change. They update, renew and change. At the same time, a relationship is always based on what has been already. It builds upon its past. We understand the process of accompanying and our conversations as tools to build and form new relationships and relations. From previously informal moments of exchange, new working structures are now developing, which we would like to reveal and reflect upon as we guide the Biennial’s focus along a process-based and site-specific way of working.“

The concept for BfF #1, conceived as a reaction to the aforementioned closure of the Freiburg branch of the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts, takes the studio as its starting point. The aim will be to transfer processes and actions that usually take place in an artist studio to other contexts and situations. Now that the studios of the Academy of Fine Arts no longer exist, new places must be identified where art can be produced, discussed and taught. Such places can also be found in public space, and one method of accessing them is walking. Taking the work of Lucius Burckhardt as an initial loose jumping off point, walking can serve as a method of translating individual impressions into a cinematic sequence through which moving cityscapes are created that can lead to a deeper understanding of the surroundings. Or, as artist and trained journalist Rahima Gambo, describes her practice: walking as a search for other forms of reporting that do not attempt to translate the subjective experience of events into facts. Instead, walking becomes a search for another form of knowledge and how that knowledge is transmitted.

The “Ortsbegehung” took place in the Stadtpark in the northeast of Freiburg's historical center. This site formed the backdrop for a collective walk, exploring the idea of walking as a way of working in and with a public environment. It also encouraged thoughts about ways of presenting and storing collective memories in the public space. In case of the Stadtpark, it is striking how many monuments and statues are positioned in this green area – often dismantled from other places and explicitly placed here, not unlike an exhibition in a museum.

One monument commemorates the fallen soldiers of various Baden regiments in the First and Second World Wars: a gigantic column with a steel helmet on the top – called “hatstand” by the locals – an epitome of heroic masculinity. The real hero of the park is missing: the duck in the pond, which warned of air raids on the city even before the official alarm was released. His beak was damaged and is now being carefully restored. In the middle of the roses a steel in shines in pure white. A sun dial with a female body – the arms hardly recognizable, as if bound by her dress. Fragmented for some years now, she has fallen victim to vandalism at night and has lost her head, which is still missing today. Is she jealous of the drake, who is treated so caringly? Should her head also be restored, and if so how? Another gap in this park, in which so many objects of embodied memories are placed, is the memory of Rosa Luxemburg's speech. Held in 1914, she addressed a strong speech on pacifism to thousands of Freiburg man and women at this place, but there is no material form of remembrance of her – no hat stand or drake made of stone. Just a sticker on the soap dispenser of the public toilet. How can this story nevertheless become a part of this place?

Presentation of the graphic design for BfF on the walls of the Präsenzgasse, one of the most narrow streets in Freiburg. Photography: Marc Doradzillo.

The last stop took the group to what is probably the smallest street of Freiburg. Leading towards the well-known Münsterplatz, the Präsenzgasse is easily overlooked. Here the first posters announcing BfF #1 were distributed on the walls. Sign-up to our newsletter and follow this blog to learn more about the origin of the graphic design of Biennale für Freiburg and our typeface “Difficult Times”, especially conceived by graphic designers Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz.

All photographs by Marc Doradzillo.

Studio Program
May – August 2021

Exhibition and Public Program
September 2021

The first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg (BfF #1) deals with methods of artistic production inside and outside of the artist studio. The point of departure for this examination is the recent termination of the Freiburg chapter of Karlsruhe’s Academy of Fine Arts. As the painting classes move back to the main faculty in Karlsruhe, the newly-founded Biennale für Freiburg has to deal with the loss of a cultural institution, whilst also establishing itself as a newcomer in the city’s artistic landscape.’ In order to not ignore this development, BfF #1 explores the relationship between temporary exhibitions, academic training and artistic forms of education and knowledge production. Instead of replacing one institution with another, the aim is to transfer processes and actions that usually take place in an academy studio to other contexts and situations. This begins with the assertion that a studio does not necessarily need a physical dimension. Keeping this in mind, other spaces must be found that correspond to the conditions of a studio. This search will explore what characteristics a studio needs to possess.

A studio can be envisioned as a place of production, experiment and exchange: a protective space for thoughts and the actions taking place within it. A space for things in the making. A space of regular review, where actions are presented, tested and reflected upon. A space where honest opinions can be expressed and skills can be developed and applied. A space for construction and destruction, for consideration and spontaneity. A studio is a place where suggestions are made.

By searching for other spaces for artistic production and exchange, the BfF #1 also responds to the very current feeling of isolation within one's own work or living space. For as essential as the studio is as a workplace, as soon as the physical studio is no longer a self-chosen place of retreat, but a forced shelter, freedom becomes a limitation. That is why BfF #1 seeks for ways to dissolve the studio and relate it to the public space. That is why BfF #1 seeks for ways to dissolve the studio and relate it to the public space, which thereby becomes a place of production and an subject for debate.

In 2021, the inaugural edition of the Biennale will come about in two phases. Firstly, the Studio Program will take place between May and August 2021. During this period, participating artists will be invited for residencies and research trips where they will have the opportunity to get familiar with the local modes of cultural production and conceive artistic projects in during the Studio Program. These studios can be virtual, physical or imaginary in nature, and will be formed for limited periods of time. They can take on formats such as performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures or walks. In September 2021, these processes will be translated into an exhibition parcours and a program of events and mediation.

Biennale für Freiburg is conceived and organized by Leon Hösl together with the curatorial advisory board consisting of Christoph Chwatal, Aziza Harmel, Fanny Hauser, Magdalena Stöger and Fritz Laszlo Weber. Participating artists will be announced throughout the next months.

Biennale für Freiburg (BfF) is a new platform for the presentation, development and mediation of contemporary art in Freiburg, Germany. It dedicates itself to artistically approaching urgent socio-political matters through means of varying thematic and conceptual frameworks. The aim is to establish a continuous connection to Freiburg and to provide a lasting contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the city. The Biennale envisions itself as a beneficial addition to Freiburg’s artistic landscape, juxtaposing an in-depth examination of local modus operandi with external perspectives, which are taken up by the participants. The choice for the commonplace acronym BFF and its meaning in popular culture, are quite intentional: a connection based on support and intimacy, conversation and honesty, combined with the genuine desire to never let this commitment end - Best Friends Forever.

The inaugural edition of the Biennale für Freiburg is overseen by Artistic Director Leon Hösl. The committee of the association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V., that executes the Biennale, commissioned Hösl for the conception and realization of its first iteration. Learn more about the first edition, BfF#1, here.

Contact

Dreisamstr. 21
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Germany

info@biennalefuerfreiburg.de
0151 – 64194680

Team

Leon Hösl / Artistic Director
lhoesl@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

Catherin Schöberl / Project Assistant
cschoeberl@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

Aziza Harmel, Christoph Chwatal, Fanny Hauser, Fritz Laszlo Weber and Magdalena Stöger / Curatorial Advisory Board

Imprint

The Biennale für Freiburg is organized by Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.

Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.
Dreisamstr. 21
79098 Freiburg
verein@perspektivenfuerkunst.de

Committee:
Heinrich Dietz, Chairperson
Heidi Brunnschweiler, Vice Chairperson
Julia Galandi-Pascual, Treasurer
Ben Hübsch

Registration court: Amtsgericht Freiburg
Registration number: VR 702810

Responsible for contents according to § 10 paragraph 3 MDStv: Leon Hösl (Director, address see above)

Graphic design: Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz
Programming: François Girard-Meunier
Typeface: Difficult Times

SUPPORT

The association and Biennale für Freiburg are supported by Stadt Freiburg, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the LBBW-Stiftung and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture.

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