Corona Sound System

Kunstverein in Hamburg, Photo: Fred Dott


Corona Sound System

Participating artists: Die Apotheke, Jenny Beyer, Carola Ernst, Tobias Euler, Pascal Fuhlbrügge, Graindelavoix/Björn Schmelzer, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Holly Herndon, Annika Kahrs, Felix Kubin, Hanne Lippard, Melissa E Logan, Thies Mynther, Charlotte Pfeiffer, Schwabinggrad Ballet, Nika Son, Mounira Al Solh, Jakob Spengemann, Veit Sprenger, Wolfgang Tillmans, C.W. Winter u.a.

An experimental exhibition format in two chapters
6/27 – 10/11/2020

“Meg told me that John felt that being laid up was no excuse for not making art,” writes Ashley Bickerton in a tribute to John Baldessari. And Baldessari was right, a lot of art has been created in the last weeks. Like most branches of life, the arts and culture scene has considerably suffered during the Corona crisis over the past few months and continues to do so. A time of upheaval like this is nevertheless an opportunity to rethink how we work and to develop new possibilities for presenting art. In cooperation with the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg we transfer the laboratory of the present into the exhibition space.

A clear sign and perceptible feeling of this is the unity and display of solidarity among all artists. Multi-discipline collaborations can come out of a variety of collective endeavors. With the experimental exhibition series BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART, the Kunstverein in Hamburg would like to set an example of solidarity: in two chapters, actors from different branches of the arts and culture scene in Hamburg will be invited over the summer to present their work together with many international colleagues.


Chapter 2

8/22 – 10/11/2020
Curated by Bettina Steinbrügge

The experimental exhibition Corona Sound System foregrounds the experience of listening while also changing visual experience. In the context of sound, what is the art space and what can it do? Visitors will be offered the possibility of becoming familiar with an entirely new world of sound and jump from form to form in doing so. Appropriately distanced seating opportunities will be available in an empty space with white walls in functional exhibition architecture. From 12-6pm, a group show will be presented where a radio play coexists alongside a concert, minimalist sounds are displaced by a radio play about life in Syria and then again by ambiances to allow breathing room in the short pauses between pieces in order to engage with a new world again – like in real life. Sound will be scattered around the room. We need to move, to go to it, to spend time there before going to another part of the room where the world of sound again calls up other images.

Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati will work with Corona Sound System on an audio installation that composes positions, voices, myths, and analyses from the global south and social periphery. The Hamburg-based collective of creatives, activists, people of color, and refugees will discuss the pandemic with confidants from around the world. Questions include: What is actually more worrying than the virus? And why? Who is taking advantage of the virus? Who are the experts for the virus? What makes them experts? What will be the new normal? It will be about bold theses and counter images to Eurocentric views at a historic turning point, hastily cobbled together before any historicization is even possible. That is the starting point. Other sounds will follow and send us in different directions to reflect or to be shaken up. But maybe we can also dance.


Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der CORA-Kunststiftung unter dem Dach der Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung.


Other exhibitions from the series “BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART“: