Schirn Kunsthalle

Playing The City

21 Apr - 06 May 2009

© Dara Friedman, Musical, 2007
21 April - 6 May 2009

How does the public participate in political debate? What makes up public opinion? What is meant by public space? The significance of the social plays a central role in the discourse of art. Terms such as participation, collaboration, social turn, or community-based art have noticeably influenced both the production and reception of art in recent years. The exhibition project Playing the City is an attempt to open up public space as a collective, free, and configurable space. Roughly twenty international artists, including David Byrne, Ulf Aminde, Dara Friedman, Dora Garcia, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Sharon Hayes, will turn downtown Frankfurt into a site of numerous activities and situations, ranging from performances to guerrilla actions. At the same time, an office and exhibition space, where all the actions will be organized, logistically managed, commented on, and documented, will be set up in one of the Schirn’s galleries.

Curator: Matthias Ulrich

Tags: Ulf Aminde, David Byrne, Dara Friedman, Dora García, Sharon Hayes, Rirkrit Tiravanija