Artist’s participation grants for ACCESS POINTS – the Right to Sea at THEATER DER WELT festival (Germany)

ITI Germany invites 5 artists to join its project for the festival THEATRE OF THE WORLD 2017 in Hamburg. ACCESS POINTS – the Right to Sea is an ITI accompanying programme that is organized together with the Hamburg based performance group geheimagentur (secret agency).

The (disappearing) public access to city ports and sea shores worldwide is the main focus of ACCESS POINTS. Restrictive access control policies of port authorities took over what the identity of harbour cities have formed during centuries.

Performance, workshops, and an international symposium – will be the tools of art & activism to gain new and creative access to sea shores and ports.

The scholarship programme aims to provide a basis for international artistic exchange in theory and practise connected to the main theme of this year’s festival – harbours.

5 Workshops (29th May until 1st of June)

Participants choose one of the below workshop themes:

Accesspoint I: Theory and Practice of Offshore Art

On all seven seas artists and activists currently take to the water. A worldwide trend, that is called OFFSHORE ART among the scene in Brooklyn, New York. OFFSHORE ART is a mix of land art, experimental film, performance art, ‚Right-to-the-City' activism and radical ecological thinking. In this workshop images and stories of swimming gardens, boatels, floating cinemas and many other floating things serve as an inspiration to create our own works with and on the water.

Accesspoint II: Afrika Terminal to African Terminal?

The Afrika Terminal is the last remaining structure that reminds us of the history of Baakenhafen. It has been the main port for shipping from and to Africa in the time of German colonialism. In this workshop we would like to explore the possibility of turning the Afrika Terminal into an African Terminal of a new nature. The workshop is going to ask: Could an African Terminal become a centre for small scale trade between Europe and Africa that is giving new perspectives to African citizens and migrants in Hamburg, but also help communities in Africa to benefit from the transnational networks which are created through migration? Could an African Terminal of this nature become a place for all citizens of Hamburg? How can cultural production help with these objectives? How can art and trade work together on this?

Accesspoint III: A Pier for Baakenhafen

In order to establish Baakenhafen as a central "Free Port of the Many", a pier is missing. geheimagentur, HCU and Theater of the World 2017 will jointly proceed: How can we overcome the border between solid and liquid? Standing on the quay wall, and looking into the water, passage seems unproblematic. Considering parameters like tides, visitors traffic, safety and statics, the barrier seems insurmountable. The workshop will develop and test models for affordable access points from solid to liquid.

Accesspoint IV: Regional Cruises with the Cultural Raft Schaluppe

After the raft Hydra has sailed from the alternative cruise ship terminal in the port of Hamburg all the way to Kampnagel in summer 15, people from Hamburg Wilhelmsburg joined forces and worked hard to build a much bigger one, a more sustainable raft, that is now ready to host all kinds of activities: the Schaluppe. In this workshop the team of Schaluppe invites participants to develop and devise a performative cruise: Experiments in mobility, cruising on public waters, finding places which the visitor of Hamburg port doesn’t normally get to see. 

Accesspoint V: Archipel

The Archipel is a floating installation comprised out of four steel pontoons - A modular island that can be put together in different constellations. The crew of Das Archipel invites to build a Hot-Tub together. Being afloat in the Hot-Tub, we want to think about the changes of the Hamburg harbour. »Rien faire comme une bête, lying on water and looking peacefully at the sky, "being, nothing else, without any further definition and fulfillment," might take the place of process, act, satisfaction. « Theodor W. Adorno.

Deadline: 21 April 2017

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