[artinfo] The Europaische Kunsthalle Koln is looking for a
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Wed Oct 13 15:31:07 CEST 2004
Europaische Kunsthalle Koln
(European Art Hall Cologne)
Is looking for a Foundation Director
deadline: November 15, 2004
Das Loch e.V. c/o Neumann+Luz,
Roonstrasse 108, D-50674 Koln, Germany
e-mail: info at das-loch.net
For more than twenty years the Cologne Art Hall (Kunsthalle Koln) wasn't
active anymore as an original institution of contemporary art - doubtlessly
a reason for the decay of the formerly so important art-metropolis. In
2002, with the demolition of the Josef Haubrich-Forum, including the
building of the former Kunsthalle Koln, a final spot was set on the
cultural ambitions of the city administration.
But now, at last, Cologne is about to get back an Art Hall. The Registered
Association "Das Loch e.V." ("The Hole"), originally founded after the
abridgment of the old Art Hall as a discerning instance of art producers
(on the board: Rosemarie Trockel, Udo Kier, Kasper Konig, Marcel Odenbach)
grasps the nettle of advertising the position of the Foundation Director
for the Europaische Kunsthalle Koln (European Art Hall Cologne).
This association sees the Europaische Kusthalle Koln-project as a model
experiment for the (self-) constitution of an institute of contemporary
art.There is neither a civic mandate nor a concrete building. Thus it will
all be about developing experimental forms of an Art Institution that shall
find and forge its place and structures within the fabric of the city. It's
name, Europaische Kunsthalle Koln / European Art Hall Cologne, is
programmatic and refers to the widened cultural context wherein the Art
Hall shall constitute itself.
In order to find the Foundation Director and to attend the model
experiment, the Registered Association has appointed a Foundation Council,
consisting of Ulrike Groos (Kunsthalle Dusseldorf), Lioba Reddeker (basis
wien), Kathrin Rhomberg (Kolnischer Kunstverein), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Musee
d' Art Moderne, Paris), Jose Lebrero Stals (CAAC, Sevilla), Yilmaz Dziewior
(Kunstverein Hamburg), Daniel Birnbaum (Stadelschule and Portikus
Frankfurt) as well as two board members of the Loch assiciation.
The project's funding will be guaranteed by the capital of the Association
and a capacious benefit performance auction on October 2nd, 2004. The
Association's exposure is, for the time being, limited to one year. The
acquisition of further funds in order to ensure the continuation of the
project will be already the concern of the Foundation Director.
The Foundation Director shall...
_ascertain modern and lasting forms of self-constitution and foundation of
an "European Art Hall Cologne", both place and project of contemporary art,
realize it as action model in the cooperative discourse with the Foundation
Council and the Association, and establish the Art Hall within the cultural
tissue of the city.
_be knowledgable, ingenious and able to catch up with the shaping of
structural, economic and political alliances on local, Euopean and
international levels, realign the benchmarks of project planning to the
mutated general social and economical framework and know how to challenge
them in a pertinent way.
_be able to conduct, explore and enhance the conditions and methods of
curating and showing contemporary art within the reflexion of its history
_link the Art Hall with other cultural fields according to requirements and
make sure it is beneficial and appealing for the local production/living
conditions of artists.
_develop and design experimental forms of working in divergent publicities
and media for the encounter with contemporary art and its questions.
_participate in the discourses on the transformation of public space and
urban life, social bonds and political action as part of the prerequisites,
practices and projects ot the European Art Hall Cologne.
_know about the cultural conditions and possibilities of other urban
situations in Europe and apply them in a copious way for the self-contained
development of the European Art Hall Cologne.
Applications for employment and recommendations for candidates are to be
sent to the Registered Association Das Loch until November 15, 2004
(showing the day's postmark). There are no confinements in form and
content. As intensive work on location is expected, good knowledge of the
German language is definitely of advantage.
Next to a CV and references we ask for a short personal statement (max. 1
page DIN A 4) concerning the project European Art Hall Cologne. It is
compulsive to send the applications as e-mail (attachments in pdf or
word.doc) as well as by sending it by post.
e-mail: info at das-loch.net
Postal address: Das Loch e.V. c/o Neumann+Luz, Roonstrasse 108, D-50674
The applications will be kept in confidence. The Foundation Council will
narrow down the choice and invite the candidates to Cologne for interviews.
The selection process will be concluded by the end of November 2004 and the
Foundation Director of the European Art Hall Cologne will be appointed.
For informations about the history of the project and the Registered
Association please go to http://www.das-loch.net
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