Helke Bayrle

  • Portikus Under Construction, 3-vol. set

    Portikus Under Construction, 3-vol. set

    Helke Bayrle and Daniel Birnbaum

    The Portikus is an exhibitions space that is associated with the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. A production site rather than a traditional gallery, it is an institution willing to redefine its basic parameters with every new project. Since the late 1980s, some 160 exhibitions and innumerable other events have been staged there, and with each project the space has changed. Sometimes it is a factory, sometimes a kitchen or a stage for gatherings and performances. Sometimes it is a classical white museum space, sometimes a cinema, a green house or a swimming pool. How can one portray an institution like this?

    For many years now, Helke Bayrle—a film maker based in Frankfurt am Main—has documented the activities of the Portikus. The result is a unique collection of artist portraits. Portikus Under Construction presents the last decade, edited backstage material that the viewer of the finished exhibitions never sees. Some of the artists really like talking about what they do and about the significance of what they present, others prefer to simply work with the installation team and the curator. Helke Bayrle's unique material is very large and represents an important archive of contemporary exhibition making. These three discs present an edited version of the artist portraits. They give us a glimpse of each artist's work at the Portikus, and at the same time they offer a unique behind the scenes view of the activities at one of Europe's most lively experimental art institutions.

    3 DVDs with booklet: 36 pp., 13 b / w ill.DVD I: 2001–03, 19 videos, 80 minDVD II: 2004–06, 21 videos, 94 minDVD III: 2007–08, 13 videos, 62 minPicture: PAL, 4:3, color

    • DVD-Video $32.00

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  • What Do We Know? What Do We Have? What Do We Miss? What Do We Love?

    What Do We Know? What Do We Have? What Do We Miss? What Do We Love?

    Jahresring 65

    Brigitte Oetker and Nicolaus Schafhausen

    An example of the potential (and the contradictions) of contemporary alliances between art, design, and social entrepreneurship.

    Fogo Island, a fishing settlement with approximately 2,500 inhabitants, located off the coast of Newfoundland, saw its livelihood almost devastated in the mid-twentieth century because of industrial overfishing. The island is now experiencing a social, economic, and cultural transformation, due in part to a recent series of art, social business, and asset-based community development initiatives. Now, Fogo Island stands as an example of the potential (but also the contradictions) of contemporary alliances between art, design, and social entrepreneurship.

    • Paperback $29.95