Category: Hypercultural Conversations

Unfamiliar Ties: Hypercultural Conversations

Once a month, we invite to FRISE AiR Space to get together with changing guest, discussing hypercultural forms of political, cultural, and non-identarian links, ties, and alliances.

As long as we continue to think, feel and act in terms of “our own” and “their foreign” culture, we contribute to creating, prolonging or deepening mistrust, projection, and reification of others – and thereby contribute to structural violence through exclusion and depreciation, as well as to real violence.
Instead of holding on to the phantasm of a mysteriously intrinsic authenticity of cultures, forever incomprehensible to those, who have not been born into it, we propose to seek out vicinities, affinities, and intimacies with thoughts, experiences and practices of singular persons and people from anywhere.
This doesn’t contradict the necessity to understand and respect specific historical and political struggles in its context, of which art and theory also should bear witness – on the contrary: It is its basis. And, the closer we look, we will also find out that we don’t know who we are. That is why we not only alienate others, but also ourselves, as long as we follow the logic of some generalized projection of “them” and “us, ” without looking closely. Couldn’t it be a good starting point to leave the false promise of identarian certainty behind? How could, to put it in Arendt’s terms, a space of appearance look like, which enables us to get in touch with the “who” and not with the “what” of me, of us, of you, of others?

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Step Out of Line – James Enos

A Port Journey Exchange with Athens/Georgia and San Diego, USA

SOL is an ongoing series of conversational works concerned with sharing transitory states of reflection, being, and time. Initially, comprised of small groups as they set out to wander atop primitive trade routes and conceptually probe forms of connectivity—from the hinterlands to their modern urban counterparts.

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Regine Steenbock – Trachtenrealismus


“Im Gespräch mit der Chinaexpertin Julia Berg werde ich von meinen textilen Forschungsreisen zu den chinesischen Minderheiten in der Provinz Guizhou berichten. Meine Recherchen zielten dort insbesondere auf die kryptischen Traditionen der Indigo-Färberei und den alltäglichen Trachtenrealismus, der mir im “Autonomen Bezirk ” der Miao und Dong in Qiandongnan begegnete”.

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Linked Angles –
Artist Conversations on Cultural Emancipation


The project invites artists from India and Hamburg to focus on the singular cultural perspectives of the other. It investigates a broader concept of culturality, which encompasses similarities and closeness rather than difference and distance. The process of emancipation is being understood as an unconstrained interest in otherness by universally acting subjects.

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Rebecca Beachy/Chicago


Re-examining a heritage of disaster sensed in the the smooth Elbe river bricks of Hamburg back in 2014, Rebecca returns to FRISE with a project that begins to stitch together pieces of a personal history—beginning with hand-processed leather from two American deer hides and a pattern traced out of her grandfather’s personal monument, his WW2 bomber jacket.

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Artist Talk with
Hamdy Reda / Giza – Egypt

Hypercultural Conversations on Artellewa Art Space / – Giza – Egypt. Activation of dialogue between artists and society. Hamdy Reda is a visual artist and curator. He is the founder and the managing director of “artellewa” – space for contemporary arts. Hamdy Reda is member of art syndicate of Egypt, Cairo Atelier, National and Arabian group for Culture policies.