Inter-cool 3.0


Inter-cool 3.0, 17.9-28.11.2010, Dortmunder U, Dortmund, Germany.

Bodies, identities and subcultures have long since been an integral part of the discourse on youth cultures. These and other topics are at the core of the art exhibition inter-cool 3.0 organized from 17 September to 28 November 2010 at the Dortmunder U by the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund. Conceived by Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard in the framework of TWINS:RUHR 2010, inter-cool 3.0 is an exhibition for and with rather than about teenagers. Through photographs, videos, street art, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, everyday objects (T-shirts, record covers and footwear), performances, design, fashion, music, social networks and fan art, adolescents and young emerging artists provide glimpses into their everyday life. By doing so, they address issues which are relevant not only to them, such as virtual and material communities, street life, education, self-styling, styles, friendship, love, self-finding, politics, body issues and communication. The participants express themselves in their respective media and imagery, whether goths, scouts, ravers, normalos, gangsta rappers, punks, cosplayers, members of the London grime scene, breakers, emos, hooligans, glamour kids, teenage beach vacationers and many more. The portraits of youth shown in this exhibition are the work of teenagers from France, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the USA, Australia, Singapore and China. Alongside works by established artists the exhibition comprises contributions submitted by teenagers in the framework of a special competition. An international project, inter-cool 3.0 is curated by Prof. Birgit Richard from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and Dr. Inke Arns, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund. The exhibition focuses on contemporary strategies on identities and on the debate on reality and fake worlds while analyzing how teenagers address other subcultures. The exhibition furthermore asks how teenagers use public spaces and how they view their body and approach the notion of nationality. Photographs, objects, clips and interactive installations document the codes, communities, club and music culture of teenagers, providing visitors with a first-hand experience of their individual or collective life environments and identities. For this purpose a special exhibition architecture was developed, which alludes to teenagers’ rooms.

Participating artists:
AES+F (RU), Andreas Amrhein (DE), Eva Baales (DE), Markus Bertuch (DE), Peter Beste (US), Lars Borges (DE),
Martin Brand (DE), Sergey Bratkov (UA), Kimberly Clark (NL), Denis Darzacq (FR), Etoy (CH), Cao Fei (CN),
Matthias Fritsch (DE), Daniel & Geo Fuchs (DE), Nan Goldin (USA), Marti Guixé (ES), Andreas Gursky (DE),
Cosima Hanebeck (DE), Alfred Jansen (DE), Kora Jünger (DE), Olga Kessler (DE), Tim Knapen (BE),
Joan Leandre (ES), Frederic Le Bain (FR), Loretta Lux (DE), Susanna Majuri (FI), Hellen van Meene (NL),
Björn Melhus (DE), Matthias Meyer (DE), Ho Tzu Nyen (SG), Sabine Otto (DE), SOSka Group (UA),
Stefan Panhans (DE), Marion Poussier (FR), Jussi Puikkonen (FI), L.A. Raeven (NL), Birgit Richard (DE),
Römer & Römer (DE), Oliver Sieber (DE), Sauli Sirviö (FI), Slinkachu (UK), Cornelia Sollfrank (DE),
Wolfgang Stahr (DE), Jürgen Teller (DE), Albrecht Tübke (DE), Bernd Uhlig (DE), Zsolt Vasarhelyi (HU),
Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek (NL), Tanja Vujinovic (SI), Marcel Wanders (DE), Charlie White (US),
Chen Yun (CN), ZEVS (FR), Tobias Zielony (DE), Irina Zikuschka (DE).