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Current Exhibition: Past is Not Post

                                                          02.02.17 - 19.03.17 

                                               Curators: Benj Gerdes & Lasse Lau



Past is Not Post examines a growing number of artists working in relationship to archival research or investigations of historical memory. While the sites, methods, and circumstances of these practices remain diverse, there is a common artistic impulse to work through history as a backdoor when options in the present seem closed. Given the ambiguous role of artists in contemporary societies, particularly the difficulty of connecting to existing political and social struggles, the intersectional and incomplete stories of the past offer alternate approaches. Can this engagement of the past create spaces to rearticulate our collective possibilities and demands, spaces emblematic of both resistance and retreat?


Artists in the show:

Pia Arke & Anders Jørgensen                               Petra Bauer

Matthew Buckingham                                            Kajsa Dahlberg

Michelle Dizon                                                       Benj Gerdes

Andrea Geyer                                                        Regina José Galindo

Jan Peter Hammer                                                Sven Johne

William E. Jones                                                    Lasse Lau

Maha Maamoun                                                     Robert Ochshorn

Rania Rafei & Raed Rafei                                      Benjamin Tiven

Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire                        Raed Yassin

Akram Zaatari


                                          Regina José Galindo, Tierra, 2013   
                                          Photo by Bertrand Huet Realized during the Les
                                          Moulins Residency Program.With thanks to the
                                          associate curator Clare Carolin.With the Support
                                          of the University of the Arts London and
                                          La Maréchalerie centre d'art Versailles.    


  more Informations about the Exhibition

Curator's Talk with Lasse Lau

Talk with Lasse Lau, one of the curators of our next exhibition Past is Not Post.

Tuesday, 28th of February | 7pm | Seminar room of the Edith-Russ-Haus | free entry| in english language

© Photo by Tina Umer

more Information you will find here

Grants for Media Art 2017 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art

You can apply from now on!

The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art will award three Grants for Media Art 2017 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony (€10,000 each).

Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations.Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art. 

 more informations about the grants

Sound Workshops with the Polish composer and artist Zorka Wollny

How to transform your breath into a music piece?

SaT, 18.02.  +   SuN,  19.02.17
SaT, 25.02.  +   SuN,  26.02.17

 from 4 pm to approx. 6.30 pm in the Seminar room of the Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst.

With the use of simple sounds, whispers, whistling, loud breathing and more, you will have the chance to discover your vocal potential—the scale will range from breathing to screaming. Later in the course of the workshop, fragments of texts can be added and rehearsed, in the form of single syllables, interrupted words, incomplete slogans, fragments of postulates, manifestos or prayers. We will learn how these types of sound can become a powerful music composition, when performed together. Everybody from the age of 12 on is invited to participate—no special music skills are required.


The workshops are the starting point of preparation for a music performance with a big group of participants for the Lange Nacht der Musik in Oldenburg on the 17th of June this year.

Impossible Opera  is a project of Zorka Wollny concert will be prepared in collaboration with the inhabitants of Oldenburg. Zorka Wollny is a grant holder of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art. The concert will happen at the Peterstraße during the Long Night of Music. Planned is a 40 minutes composition with choreographical elements. The piece will be composed and choreographed for the Peterstraße. The piece will be composed for the Peterstraße itself. Citizens, inhabitants, choirs, music groups, seniors and students are called to participate, help develop it and make it happen. One of the main elements of the “music demonstration” will be vocals and the use of voices. The work, which may also contain elements such as  murmurs, slurps, and whistling, is both abstract and political, poetic and down-to-earth.


If you are interested in music, choreography, social issues or visual arts, come and discover your vocal potential, try yourself and maybe you even want to be a part of the final performance on the Peterstraße in Oldenburg for the Lange Nacht der Musik!

As there are four workshop dates it is open for you to either take part in one of them or in all of them! The Workshops slightly build up on each other, but you can enter them anytime! We will always start at 4pm and will finish flexibly, but not later than 6.30pm. No registration necessary.


Unmögliche Oper - Join the Project

Upcoming Exhibition: Wild - Transgender and the Communities of Desire

                                                              5. April – 18. Juni 2017

                                            Wild - Transgender and the Communities of Desire

Lerato Dumse, Syracuse, New York Upstate, 2015

                                      © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg
                                                          and Yancey Richardson, New York


                            more informations about the Exhibition you can find on Exhibitions, Preview.

Opening Hours and Guided Tours

The Edith-Russ-Haus opens during exhibition times daily without Monday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission on every 4th Saturday of the month. Guided tours during exhibition times every Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (in German language).

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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