In cooperation with Kunstverein in Hamburg and ARTE / ZDF
6/27 – 8/16/2020

Featuring: Sarah Abu Abdallah, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Katrina Daschner, Nazli Dincel, Cordula Ditz, VALIE EXPORT, Chris Hegedus, Luise Helm, Fabian Hesse, Kerstin Honeit, Sarah Jacobson, RP Kahl, Matt Kazmann, Helene Kummer, D.A. Pennebaker, Laure Prouvost, Jennifer Reeder, Kathrin Resetarits, Pipilotti Rist, Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Swale, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Tatjana Turanskyj, Saralisa Volm, Vanessa Stern and others...

Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary TOWN BLOODY HALL (1979) is the starting point for our examination, which we developed in cooperation with the Short Film Festival Hamburg. In the New Yorker Performance Theater, Norman Mailer moderates a debate on the topic A DIALOGUE ON WOMEN’S LIBERATION joined by feminists like Germaine Greer and Susan Sontag. An agitated man who had also commissioned the film, Mailer stands at the center of the dialogue as they debate the aspirations of the women’s movement in the early 1970s.

The exhibition checks in on the status of humor post-#MeToo: what is actually funny and how do we carry on? What do we want to laugh about? What do we need? How do we want to live with each other and what do we need to do so? In times of social distancing, the question poses itself anew. In installations, film screenings, performances, and talks about different generations, we will discuss new forms of society that can now be created for the future. We look for the unspoken.

6/26/2020, 7 pm
Speakers: Ute Holl, Maike Mia Höhne & Bettina Steinbrügge
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Program 1
(runs 84 min eachs)
with films by Matt Kazmann, Jessica Swale, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Laure Prouvost, Sarah Abu Abdallah
7/5/2020, 12:15 pm
7/30/2020, 6 pm
8/16/2020, 12:15 pm

Program 2 (runs 94 min each)
with films by Nazli Dincel, VALIE EXPORT, Kerstin Honeit, Cordula Ditz, Katrina Daschner, Athina Rachel Tsangari
7/5/2020, 2 pm
7/30/2020, 8 pm
8/16/2020, 2 pm 

The screenings take place in the exhibition room and are included in the entrance fee.

The guests are at home or in the studio, drinking tea and thinking together about the shift in culture, the framing of gestures, the re-casting of the same and a new togetherness. Each of the 30 guests may participate online after registration. Tea Time guests and others: Jennifer Reeder & Pipilotti Rist, Kathrin Resetarits, Tatjana Turanskyj, Vanessa Stern & Maike Mia Höhne. Registrations via

Teatime I: Kathrin Resetarits & Maike Mia Höhne, 7. Juli  5pm - 6pm

Kathrin Resetarits works as a writer, dramaturg, director  and actor. Since 2000 she is the artistic assistant for Michael Haneke, since 1999 co-writer and director of the cabaret programs of Lukas Resetarits. She teaches screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Film Academy Vienna and co-founder of FC Gloria - Frauen Vernetzung Film.

Teatime II: Jennifer Reeder & Pipilotti Rist & Maike Mia Höhne July 28 4 pm- 5pm

The talk will be held in Englisch.

Jennifer Reeder (b.1971 in Ohio) is an American artist, filmmaker, and screenwriter. She constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world.

Pipilotti Rist, a pioneer of spatial video art, was born 1962 in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley on the Austrian Border and has been a central figure within the international art scene since the mid-1980s. For Rist, showing vulnerability is a sign of strength on which she draws for inspiration. With her curious and lavish recordings of nature (to which humans belong as an animal), and her investigative editing, Rist seeks to justify the privileged position we are born with, simply by being human. Her installations and exhibition concepts are expansive, finding within the mind, senses and body the possibility for endless discovery and poetical invention. (Hauser & Wirth)

Teatime III: Tatjana Turanskyj & Maike Mia Höhne, August 9, 4 pm - 5 pm

Teatime IV: Vanessa Stern & Maike Mia Höhne, August 12, 5pm -6 pm

From July 28, the Town Bloody Hall Meeting - a feminism debate from 1971 - will be re-enacted by RP Kahl and guests. Between 7/28 – 7/31 the piece will be tried out during the day in the exhibition space. The rehearsals are open to the public. On 8/1 the play will be performed live at 3 pm at the Kunstverein.

Kunstverein in Hamburg
Klosterwall 23
20095 Hamburg

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-18 hrs
You will find digital curators guided tour on from 6/26/2020
Admission: 5 Euro, concessions 3 Euro

The exhibition is of the experimental and collaborative format BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART presented by Kunstverein in Hamburg

“Meg told me that John felt that being laid up was no excuse for not making art,” writes Ashley Bickerton in a tribute to John Baldessari. And Baldessari was right, a lot of art has been created in the last weeks. Like most branches of life, the arts and culture scene has considerably suffered during the Corona crisis over the past few months and continues to do so. A time of upheaval like this is nevertheless an opportunity to rethink how we work and to develop new possibilities for presenting art. In cooperation with the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg we transfer the laboratory of the present into the exhibition space.

A clear sign and perceptible feeling of this is the unity and display of solidarity among all artists. Multi-discipline collaborations can come out of a variety of collective endeavors. With the experimental exhibition series BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART, the Kunstverein in Hamburg would like to set an example of solidarity: in two chapters, actors from different branches of the arts and culture scene in Hamburg will be invited over the summer to present their work together with many international colleagues. There will be two different exhibitions that play experimentally with the formats, stretching them and pushing them to their limits to offer surprising insights. Even in the last few months there has been no excuse not to make art.