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The history of the artist-run exhibition and work space
Künstlerhaus Sootbörn

After long and tedious negotiations with the department of culture and the school authorities, the former owner of the building, a small group of dedicated artists successfully initiated the conversion of the former school building and furniture store into an artists’ residence and studios. The building had originally been constructed in 1929 by the architect Ernst Wilhelm Langloh in the Bauhaus style. In 1992 the department of culture carried out major renovations at considerable costs and finally set up 14 artist studios.

Due to the construction of Hamburg airport, the upper floors of the building had to be removed at the end of the 1950’s. Today the former auditorium provides an outstanding setting for exhibitions and also serves as a lecture hall.

For the past 12 years the artists from the Künstlerhaus Sootbörn collective have been putting on well regarded exhibitions and events on a regular basis, succesfully combining fine art with other divisions from the art sector all under the care of a mentor from the “Künstlerhaus”. Thereby a personal and obliging relationship to the residence is being established as well as the exhibited artistic positions being continuosly broadened.When putting on dance, music and theatre events in combination with an exhibition, the artists from the collective are reconnecting to a tradition that began in the 1920’s when Mary Wigman and later Hubert Fichte amongst many others used the Academy of Fine Arts Sootbörn to show their work in public.

The artists currently working at the Sootbörn collective are as follows:

Ines Brinkschmidt, Heinrich Eder, Marie-Therese Fumagalli, Roland Helmus, Maria Hobbing, Genoveva Johanna, Klaus Kröger, Volker Lang, Gesa Lange, Peter Paulwitz-Matthäi, Mariella Mosler, Rainer Müller-Tombrinck, Birgit Nordmann, Albert Christoph Reck, Pavel Richtr, Almut Sach, Uwe Schlesener, Gerard Walther.

Furthermore one studio space has been allocated to the Forum for Artists’ Estates (“Forum für Nachlässe”) for quite some time.



Künstlerhaus Sootbörn
Sootbörn 22, 22453 Hamburg

Contact: Volker Lang
0170 / 275 56 42
vlang-artworker@t-online.de
www.kuenstlerhaus-sootboern.de


“Wir sind woanders” is an event format developed by the
Association for Contemporary Art Hamburg (VAKH)
It is supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture, Sports and Media (BKSM)
 

Documentation

First trip to London: Diary
2nd trip to London: Travel Report



For the WSW#3 (We are somewhere else #3) project “ Art, soon somewhere else” the Sootbörn collective has decided for the city of London as their location of presentation, aiming to intensify already existing contacts to artists residing and working in self-governed studio spaces such as Cubitt, Space, Cell and others.

Eleanor Brown will be presenting the projects of our collective during a lecture in the “London Book Shop”, 133 Whitechapel Road London E1. Through that lecture we are hoping to attract the attention of artists as well as artist-curators who might be interested in the profile of the Sootbörn collective and might also be willing to develop a conjoint exchange programme with us.

Based on our exhibition and work space at the „Künstlerhaus Sootbörn“ the main focus is on site specific work or work that is being developed and produced on site. Space, looked at from an architectural and sculptural angle as well as from an accoustic one but also from an historical and sociological point of view. Contributions such as mural painting, installations, performance art, written work and even audio dramas are by all means imaginable. When developing the work, please take into account that transport and insurance costs should be kept as low as possible. Furthermore, work could be accumulated to the topic of “artist’s books” and could then be presented in a separate exhibition (in 2004 a remarkable exhibition with that topic had already been organised by Emily Pethik in Cubitt carrying the title “published and be damned”).



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