ALPTRAUM – POLARRUM HAMBURG
Polarraum, Heußweg 89, 20225 Hamburg, Germany
opening: 16.03.2023, 18 h
concert at the opening, 18.30 h
17.03. – 01.05.2023
ALPTRAUM is an artist financed wandering exhibition.
Sammie Aasen (U.S.A.) | Pio Abad (Philippines) | Christian Achenbach (Germany) | Sanell Aggenbach (South Africa) | Merryn Alaka (U.S.A.) | Minor Alexander (Russia) | Sonja Alhäuser (Germany) | Pablo Alonso (Germany-Spain) | Deniz Alt (Germany) | James Angel (AZ, U.S.A.) | Axel Anklam (Germany) | Nina Ansari (Iran) | Salvatore Arancio (Italy) | Marco Arce (México) | Skip Arnold (U.S.A.) | Laura Baginski (Germany) | Malena Barnhart (U.S.A.) | Letitia Barreto (Brazil) | Alexandra Baumgartner (Austria) | Matthias Beckmann (Germany) | Boris Beja (Slovenia) | Viktor Bernik (Slovenia) | Zander Blom (South Africa) | Armin Boehm (Germany) | Sascha Boldt (Germany) | Jan-Henri Booyens (South Africa) | Wim Botha (South Africa) | Lutz Braun (Germany) | Joe Brklacich (U.S.A.) | Laura Bruce (U.S.A.) | Joanna Buchowska (Poland) | Jessica Buhlmann (Germany) | Rowan Burkam (U.S.A.) | Stuart Cairns (United Kingdom) | Mimmo Catania (Italy) | Jeff Chabot (U.S.A.) | Il-Jin Atem Choi | Nenad Cizl (Slovenia) | Ben Cottrell (United Kingdom) | Ashley Czajkowski (U.S.A.) | Christoph Dahlhausen (Germany) | Bill Dambrova (U.S.A.) | Blaise Danio (U.S.A.) | Maks Dannecker (Germany) | Swapna Das Singh (U.S.A.) | Jeff Davis (U.S.A.) | Ismael de Anda (USA) | Cam DeCaussin (U.S.A.) | Eric Decastro (France) | Renee Dennison (U.S.A.) | Mandakini Devi (India) | Kedar Dk Dhondu (India) | Jos Diegel (Germany) | Ulrich Diezman (Germany) | Stefan Draschan (Austria) | Thomas Draschan (Austria) | Sven Drühl (Germany) | Peter Duka (Germany) | Martin Durazo (U.S.A.) | Arian Dylan (México) | Nils Daniel Ebert (Germany) | Elisophie Eulenburg (Austria) | Patricia Eustaquio (Philippines) | Fausto Fernandez (U.S.A.) | Hope Ezcurra (U.S.A.) | Mina Fina (Slovenia) | Louise Fisher (U.S.A.) | Rigo Flores (U.S.A.) | Bettina Forget (Canada) | Heiner Franzen (Germany) | Sam Fresquez (U.S.A.) | Jonathan Garnham (South Africa) | Andrew Gilbert (United Kingdom) | Dani Godreau (AZ, U.S.A.) | Saúl Gómez (México) | Samuel Grajfoner (Slovenia) | Georgina Gratrix (South Africa) | Liza Grobler (South Africa) | Ian Grose (South Africa ) | Jayant Gupta (India) | Fernanda Guzmán (Chile) | Konstanze Habermann (Germany) | Margarete Hahner (Germany) | Hannah Hallermann (Germany) | Florian Heinke (Germany) | Trasi Henen (South Africa) | Lori Hersberger (Switzerland) | Gregor Hildebrandt (Germany) | Stefan Hirsig (Germany) | Jim Holyoak (Canada) | Robert Horvath (U.S.A.) | Johannes Hueppi (Germany) | Thaddaeus Hueppi (Germany) | Rocio Infestas (Chile) | Aska Irie (Japan) | Ichiro Irie (U.S.A.) | Ize (U.S.A.) | Adam Jankowski (Austria) | Birgit Jensen (Germany) | Megha Joshi (India) | Susanne Jung (Germany) | Lisa Junghanss (Germany) | Katharina Kakar | Eric Kasper (U.S.A.) | Isabel Kerkermeier (Germany) | Lena Klett (U.S.A.) | Thomas Knight (U.S.A.) | Gabriele Konsor (Germany) | Clemens Krauss (Austria) | Erin Kuhn (U.S.A.) | Edgar Leciejewski (Germany) | Seok Lee (South Korea) | Xenia Lesniewski (Germany) | Amber Linkey (U.S.A.) | Joep van Liefland (The Netherlands) | Catherine Lorent (Luxembourg) | René Luckhardt (Germany) | Uschi Lüdemann (Germany) | Lilly Lulay (Germany) | Larry Valencia Madrigal (U.S.A.) | Polona Maher (Slovenia) | Jörg Mandernach (Germany) | Sandra Mann (Germany) | Stefan Mannel (Germany) | Joaquim Marques (Portugal) | Julia Martin (U.S.A.) | Nomthunzi Mashalaba (South Africa) | Misha Mayr (U.S.A.) | Anthony Mead (U.S.A.) | Sandra Meisel (Germany) | Abbey Messmer (U.S.A.) | Kalidas Mhamal (India) | Rebecca Michaelis (Germany) | Midhun Mohan (India) | Ekaterina Mitichkina (Belarus) | Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa) | Lillian Morrissey (Australia) | Virginie Mossé (France) | Iris Musolf (Germany) | Elena Muti (Italy) | Viraj Naik (India) | Robyn Nesbitt (South Africa) | Wolfgang Neumann (Germany) | Rainer Neumeier (Germany) | Nik Nowak (Germany) | Mario Nubauer (Austria) | Enda O`Donoghue (Ireland) | Jennifer Oellerich (Germany) | Beatrix Opolka (Germany) | Alex Ortiz (Canada) | Eglé Otto (Lithuania) | Justine Otto (Germany) | Kathleen Pracht (Germany) | Max Presneill (U.S.A.) | Manfred Peckl (Austria) | Mick Peter (Germany) | Christian Pilz (Germany) | Mark Požlep (Slovenia) | Arjan Pregl (Slovenia) | Richard Priestley (United Kingdom) | Rembrandt Quiballo (U.S.A) | Fernando Rascón (México) | Eva Räder (Germany) | Jonathan Rashad W. (U.S.A.) | Alexandra Reiss (South Africa) | Emily Ritter (U.S.A.) | Ethan Roads (U.S.A.) | Tanja Rochelmeyer (Germany) | Justin Rodier (U.S.A.) | Anke Röhrscheid (Germany) | Römer + Römer (Germany Russia) | Jenny Rosemeyer (Germany) | Dennis Rudolph (Germany) | Ruth Sacks (South Africa) | Erdo Sam (Turkey) | Karin Sander (Germany) | Melanie Sapina (Bosnia) | Maik Schierloh (Germany) | Andreas Schlaegel (Germany) | Sebastiaan Schlicher (The Netherlands) | Bettina Scholz (Germany) | Ann Schomburg (Germany) | María Jose Seañez (México) | Cole Seefus (U.S.A.) | Bettina Sellmann (Germany) | Marcus Sendlinger (Germany) | Natalija Šeruga (Slovenia) | Tara Sharpe (U.S.A.) | Claudia Shneider (South Africa) | Alexander Skorobogatov (Russia) | Heidi Sill (Germany) | Eun Jung Sim (South Korea) | Katarina Sočan (Slovenia) | Madison Stratford (U.S.A.) | Miha Štrukelj (Slovenia) | Linda Stupart (South Africa) | Simona Šuc (Slovenia) | Gayatri Subramania (India) | Nina Šulin (Slovenia) | Ernie Luley Superstar (Germany) | Una Szeemann (Germany) | Karuna Tank (India) | Miroslav Tarcenko (U.S.A.) | Alex Tennigkeit (Germany) | Amalia Theodorakopoulos (Greece) | Peter Thol (Germany) | Žiga Tomori (Slovenia) | Klaus-Martin Treder (Germany) | Joshua Haunschild (U.S.A.) | Luka Uršič (Slovenia) | Simone van de Loo (Germany) | C. van Eeden (South Africa) | Jaco van Schalkwyk (South Africa) | Tamzyn Varney (South Africa) | Chris Vena (U.S.A.) | Alvaro Verduzco (México) | Urša Vidic (Slovenia) | Lisa von Hoffner (U.S.A.) | Christoph von Löw (Germany) | Rachel von Morgenstern (Germany) | Sašo Vrabič (Slovenia) | Hannah Irene Walsh (U.S.A.) | Kenzie Wells (U.S.A.) | Mary Williams (U.S.A.) | Jonathan Wright (U.S.A.) | Maik Wolf (Germany) | Renate Wolff (Germany) | Michael Wutz (Germany) | Yuko Yabuki (U.S.A.) | Ed Young (South Africa) | Phillip Zaiser (Germany) | Frank-Michael Zeidler (Germany) | Lisa Zirbel (U.S.A.) | Thomas Zipp (Germany).
1. ALPTRAUM, The Transformer, project space. Washington D.C., United States of America,
December 11th, 2010 – January 15th, 2011.
2. ALPTRAUM, CELL project space, London, United Kingdom,
January 28th – February 27th, 2011.
March 11th – April 15th, 2011.
May 1st, 2011 – May 30th, 2011.
August 3rd, 2011 – August 27th, 2011.
February 9th, 2012 – March 9th, 2012.
7. ALPTRAUM, Green Papaya Art Projects, Metro Manila – Quezon City, Republic of the Philippines,
April 4th, 2012 – April 24th, 2012
8. ALPTRAUM, The Nightmare Never Ends, X project space, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany,
October 13th, 2012 – October 20th, 2012.
9. ALPTRAUM, Artspace Rhein-Main, City of Offenbach, Federal Republic of Germany,
November 8th, 2013 – December 31st, 2013.
10. ALPTRAUM, UGM Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, museum for modern and contemporary art, Republic of Slovenia, May 30th – July 7th, 2014.
11. ALPTRAUM, Salon de Lirio, Fine Art Association, Velim Salcete, Goa, Republic of India,
January 4th, 2015 – January 30th, 2015
12. ALPTRAUM, Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Panjim, Goa, Republic of India (a collaboration of Sunaparanta and the Alptraum wandering exhibition),
March 27th – April 30th, 2015.
June 18th – June 25th, 2015.
14. ALPTRAUM, RAE space for contemporary art Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany,
April 30th – May 17th, 2016.
15. ALPTRAUM, LA ESTACION GALLERY, Chihuahua, Federal Republic of Mexico, March 1st – March 16th, 2019.
16. ALPTRAUM, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, Arizona, United States of America, September 21 – 28, 2019.
17. ALPTRAUM, TAM Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California, United States of America, January 18 – March 14, 2020 (10 YEARS OF WANDERING NIGHTMARE).
18. ALPTRAUM, Hamburg, Polarraum space for contemporary art, Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, March 16 – May 1, 2023.
The title of the wandering exhibition was inspired by the paintings of the Swiss artist Johann- Heinrich Füssli (1741 Zurich – 1825 London) who painted different versions of „Incubus“ (Nachtmahr). He made the world of dreams and visions subject of his paintings inspired by ghost stories.Conceived and put together by Marcus Sendlinger, the wandering exhibition „Alptraum“ is travelling through the world since 2010 and connects artists from all over the world, reflecting on artistic, social and cultural circumstances individually concerning -The Nightmares- and their interpretation or reflection in drawing, collage, photography / works on paper.The artists invited to contribute to this exhibition have been asked only to submit a work which has their direct hand in it, so physical contact and mark making on the surface of the material is implied in a manner, within this context, akin to the skrier, an ‘automatic writer’, a pyromancer’s stirring of the hot embers, an ectoplasmic medium – the hand that re-creates the subconscious wanderings of its owner.This naturally excludes many types of processes, but rather than excluding artists because their process prevents them from physical contact with their final piece, the artists invited to contribute have simply been asked to experiment within the pre-requisits of the theme. This offers them the opportunity to break the mould of their practice and try something slightly new, or indeed, old but discarded. Like George Orwell’s Room 101, in his predictive tale, ‘1984’, we all have our own version of what constitutes a nightmare, and for this reason, the project has been opened to a large number of artists whose many and varied personal nightmare versions, or visions, act to reflect this hugely variable human state of fears and fobias, pain and panic.Alptraum, the German of Nightmare, is an artist led project. It is a model which utilizes global communication between localized artist hubs and clusters to form an international grouping with the intent of opening a dialog about this subject across borders and cultures in order to delve into the stuff and mind murk that is collectively shared or completely random and unrelated, or individual specific within the syndrome of ‘The Nightmare’.
Each artist draws on their own personal experience in order to visualize those anxieties which take them beyond everyday dreams.
Working within the remit of the ‘artist curated project’, all of the works in Alptraum have been restricted in size and material in order to facilitate the low cost postal transportation of the show from country to country, with each exhibition site taking responsibility to pass the show on to the next host – the number of works and artists may change or grow, and the approach to interpreting and hanging the show vary from space to space as the body of work meanders on from country to country. At some locations the exhibition was extended to room installations.
More locations will follow. Alptraum will travel to far locations around the world. It will follow traces of artists traveling hundreds of years ago and mixes art with roots in folk, voodoo, tribal, native, aboriginal, rural and urban contemporary. It will never end traveling.