Partizaning interviews Harmen de Hoop
"For almost three decades, Harmen de Hoop has anonymously but consistently been intervening in public space. Whether critical or joking, he has made his ideas felt in cities around the world. This is a brief conversation with the artist—perhaps theoriginal urban interventionist—and will be part of a mini-series of posts on various aspects of his work. But first, in case you are unaware, check out a sampling of his urban interventions—they are pretty influential on the projects we do.”
Alternative Art Spaces
KARAT, Cologne, Germany
Karat is situated in 14 display cases, or former advertising light boxes, in the outer wall of a multi-storey car park in the centre of Cologne.
"Galería Chilena (GCH) promotes the work of young artists through the organization of exhibitions and talks. The main feature of GCH is the lack of a physical space. Our shows have happened mostly in commercial locations that are dealt directly with the estate agents through mutual benefit agreements, “cultural visibility trade” or simple diplomatic manoeuvres within an entrepreneurial disguise. Originally, the nomadic strategy of GCH worked as a critique, question and expansion to the Santiago contemporary art circuit, which in the late 90’s was composed mostly of either very traditional commercial galleries or government funded non-profit spaces (with unclear curatorial decisions). GCH’s nomadism was as much an economical solution as it was a takeover of the growing condition of Santiago in the years of transitional democracy and macro economic wealth –we used new/unused spaces that where left behind. By now, GCH’s mobility and economy of mediums has evolved, and moved away from the gallery frame to become more of a collaborative instance for group experimentation and encounters; a non-place for discussion, a non-place for joining forces."
Excerpt from CONDOROS/MISTAKES press release, London 2004
Ryan’s first movie
Reclaim the Streets
“At the ragged edge of Baudelaire’s imagination we glimpsed another potential modernism: revolutionary protest that transforms a multitude of urban solitudes into a people, andreclaims the city streets for human life… Thesis, a thesis asserted by urban people starting in 1789, all through the nineteenth century, and in the great revolutionary uprisings at the end of World War One: the streets belong to the people. Antithesis, and here is Le Corbusier's great contribution: no streets, no People.”
Marshall Berman's (1981) All That is Solid Melts Into Air