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Ideas for a mindshift

Climate change, extinction of species, corona crisis - there are many reasons for a change of course of the "spaceship Earth" (Buckminster Fuller, 1968) towards post-growth society.

With - = + the Kasseler Kunstverein offers artistic positions a platform that reflects this change: Is it possible to develop a language for rethinking in art? How does art adjust to the crises of the present?

Essential elements of theories of growth criticism are local structures that consume fewer resources and enable a more sustainable economy. With this in mind, the exhibition series collaborates with artists from Kassel. Architecturally, the idea of "less is beautiful" (Ernst Friedrich Schumacher: "small is beautiful" 1973) is represented in a room-within-a-room situation that uses existing materials and reduces the exhibition space: additional value by reduction - the room as a training ground and a stage of a post-growth aesthetic.

Participating artists

25.07.- 16.08.
Helena Schätzle / Sudharak Olwe

Photography enables Helena Schätzle (* 1983) to learn from the world, to take a standpoint and to enter into situations that most people do not see. For her, photography is an attempt to contribute to the universal implementation of the same rights for all people.
For years she has been traveling extensively to different countries, where she lives over long periods of time and works intensively on socially critical issues. Helena Schatzle's works are exhibited internationally and have received numerous awards.

Sudharak Olwe has been a Mumbai-based photojournalist since 1988 and has worked as a press photographer with some of the leading newspapers in India. Sudharak has travelled the length and breadth of this nation and seen first hand some incredible stories of resilience, courage and change. He has worked in tandem with many NGOs presenting their extraordinary work with both rural and urban communities.

In 2016, Sudharak was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India.

Sudharak's photography is that of empathy. It is a journey into the unseen perspective of the human condition. His photography cuts across all barriers and presents to you a moving story of individuals and communities.

22.08. – 06.09.
Echo Can Luo / martinafischer13

Echo Can Luo was born in China in 1988. From 2006 to 2010 Luo studied multimedia design at the China Academy of Art. Luo received her master's degree from the Kassel Art University in 2018 and became a master student with Prof. Joel Baumann.

Based on the algorithms, including 3D modeling, 3D photogrammetry and face tracking, her project aims to assess the biased and differentiated algorithm when applying and testing the software, or the impact of discrimination and bias on real situations and data. She participated in Monitoring, the 34th Kassel Dokfest and showed her work at the CAA Art Museum in Hangzhou China, Panke Gallery Berlin, Kunstraum Villa Friede Bonn, MdbK Leipzig, Der REAKTOR Vienna and other places.


12.09. – 27.09.
Lisa Dreykluft / Holger Jenss

Lisa Dreykluft  studied fine arts at the Kassel School of Art and the Bath School of Art and Design, United Kingdom.

Her work in the fields of video, installation, new media and performance has been shown at festivals such as the Dortmund International Women's Film Festival | Cologne, Thresholds Performance Festival, Düsseldorf, Elles Tournent, Brussels or Kasseler Dokfest as well as exhibition venues such as the CAA ART MUSEUM, Hangzhou, Reaktor, Vienna or panke.gallery, Berlin.

Holger Jenss studied theater, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and visual communication at the Kassel Art School.
He works with the media photography, film and sound.

His research and work focus on dealing with normative visual worlds, the question of how subcultural and mainstream contexts are constructed through visual codes and their transmissions, and on postcolonial perspectives with regard to photography and pop culture.
He shows his work in exhibitions and film screenings.

03.10. – 18.10.
Romina Abate / Mike Huntemann

Romina Abate combines various media such as drawing, photography, video, performance to create sculptural arrangements and installations. In her multi-dimensional works, she examines associations, and levels of reference between language, image, object and space, as well as the associated shifts in meaning and context. Finds, as well as illustrations and terms from encyclopedias form ambiguous, poetic, fragmentary and non-linear narratives. The works, similar to experimental setups, question familiar display and presentation modes, as well as production and reception modes of installation art, and design their own ordering and reference systems.

Romina Abate, born in 1982 on Lake Constance, studied fine arts at the Kassel Art University with Prof. Dorothee von Windheim, Prof. Christian Philipp Müller and Prof. Florian Slotawa, whose master student she was in 2014. She has received numerous grants at home and abroad, most recently the two-year Georg Meistermann grant from the Cusanuswerk. She is currently working as an artistic assistant at the Kassel Art University in the class for art in a contemporary context.


Mike Huntemann (* 1992) is a media artist and researcher from Kassel.

In his artistic practice, he researches the production and distribution of user-generated content on social media platforms, examines internet structures on the subject of privacy and surveillance, and develops installations for algorithmic decision-making processes.

For his video work, he uses software tools to automatically find, categorize and assemble found footage material.
Mike Huntemann studied new media at the Kunsthochschule Kassel until 2019, where he continues his work as an artist on decentralized networks and cryptocurrencies.


25.07. - 18.10.
Sarah Metz / Janosch Feiertag

Sarah Metz is a product designer and is involved in art education and social design.
Janosch is a freelance artist, illustrator and gallery owner.
Together they organize exhibitions, concerts, currywurst stands and actions in public spaces. They are currently opening an open printing workshop in the center of Kassel.


opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday & public holidays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

KW 36 - Kassel Week of Museums, 01. - 06.09.2020
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission to the Kasseler Kunstverein is free during the exhibition - = +