Wednesday, March 13, 2013


From Gasthof Book
Gasthof Städelschule, Frankfurt, 2002

In 2002 I brought up the idea and initiated a symposium named GASTHOF at the Staedelschule art academy in Frankfurt, where I was still a student at that time. I developed the final concept and organisation in co-operation with Jochen Volz. GASTHOF was a week with a special program in addition to Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt and Documenta 11 in Kassel. The idea was to host and to bring together over 200 art students from more than 30 countries at the Staedelschule and to provide them with an infrastructure which could enable them to experience both art exhibitions and get in contact with a wide range of international colleagues and artists who were specially invited to host workshops with the students.
GASTHOF functioned as a kind of home base: A forum for theoretical reflection as well as recreation and communication. Participants lived at the building of the art academy for one week and joined workshops on the nature
of GASTHOF. They were invited to reflect on the issues of hospitality, cooking and music and to investigate on their relevance to visual art.
A stage, placed in a circus tent near the Städelschule at the Main river, was offered as a research laboratory for the student activities and a discussion platform with artists, scientists and theoreticians such as John M. Armleder, Miriam Bäckström, Thomas Bayrle, Daniel Birnbaum, Jürgen Bock, Iara Boubnova, Peter Cook, Clémentine Deliss, Dobrila Denegri, Florence Derieux, Ayse Erkmen, Charles Esche, Robert Fleck, Isabelle Graw, Søren Grammel, Carsten Höller, Ronald Jones, Maria Lind, Sarat Maharaj, Laurie Makela, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Tobias Rehberger, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Biljana Tomic, Stéphanie Moisdon-Trembley and Heimo Zobernig.
Dirk Fleischmann

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