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Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) present NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) present NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL on 14 September 2013–2 March 2014, in cooporation with the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, the TU Dortmund University, the U2_Centre for Cultural Education and Urbane Künste Ruhr on the premises of the Dortmunder U and in the surrounding urban space. Through various formats, including exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, film screenings and performances, this four-month-long international festival explores the past, present and future of industry.

The NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL asks how we became what we are and which kind of industries mark our lives today. How do industrial culture and cultural industry interact? And which new forms of industry have emerged in the wake of this economic transition? Based on the experience of the Ruhr and other former industrial areas, the festival will retrace the history of social and economic change caused by the transformation and displacement of industrial production. This mutation is echoed by shifts in economic, finance and social policies as well as changes in the workplace and in daily life. The promise of social and cultural emancipation thanks to long-term employment and social advancement has given way to working and living environments where self-reliance, initiative, flexibility, mobility and creativity are essential requirements to take part in society.

What is the value of work after the end of the factory—and what if the factory extends beyond its physical walls? Are “creative industries” industries in the traditional sense? The festival explores the “new industries” that have emerged in the wake of economic transformations—most notably the financial industry—and how they perpetuate the ‘might of industrial society’ (Adorno).

The exhibitions and events span the time from the Second Industrial Revolution to the economic crises in 1929, the 1970s, 2007 and the present day.

The international focus of the festival will enable visitors to gain a global perspective on these economic, social and ecological developments while highlighting the consequences of individual and collective decisions.

HMKV formats curated by Dr. Inke Arns, Thibaut de Ruyter and Fabian Saavedra-Lara.

Axel Braun (DE), Claire Fontaine (FR), Ilona Gaynor (UK), Goldin+Senneby (SE), Jens Heitjohann (DE), Toril Johannessen (NO), Jens Jarisch (with Dirk von Lowtzow) (DE), Anja Kirschner and David Panos (DE/GR), Carmen Losmann (DE), machina eX (DE), Aernout Mik (NL), Zoe Papadopoulou (UK/CY), Tobias Revell (UK), Hans Richter (DE), RYBN (FR), Andrés Senra (ES), Urban-Think Tank (VE/CH), Gillian Wearing (UK), Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo) and others

Main funders of HMKV and the NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL are the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Sparkasse Dortmund, DSW21 and the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund.

The HMKV festival formats are co-produced by URBANE KÜNSTE RUHR and supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, LWL-Kulturstiftung, Stiftung Kulturhauptstadt RUHR.2010, Kunststiftung NRW, Stiftung Zukunft NRW, British Council, Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Königlich Norwegischen Botschaft, as well as NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Guest Performance Fund for Theater.

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at Dortmunder U
Centre for Art and Creativity
44137 Dortmund, Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11–18h;
Thursday–Friday 11–20h
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