V für Verantwortung

Stefan Hurtig: #1 (You can make money without doing evil), installation, 2017

Two works – the video HYPER and the installation #1, #2, #3 – will be presented in the exhibition V für Verantwortung (V for Responsibility) at Kunstverein Wolfsburg.

Exhibiting artists: Banz & Bowinkel, Katrin Hornek, Stefan Hurtig, Pinar Yoldas

V für Verantwortung
22 Nov, 2019 – 2 Feb, 2020
Opening: Thursday, 21 Nov, 2019
Kunstverein Wolfsburg


The video installation AE/MAETH is part of the AI. More than Human exhibition, which was produced by the Barbican Centre London (16 May – 26 Aug 2019). The show is soon touring to:
– Groninger Forum, Groningen, Netherlands, 6 Dec 2019 – 6 May 2020
– World Museum Liverpool, July – Oct 2020
– The OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China, Dec – May 2021

IDLE @ Müther-Woche

Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Müther-Woche findet ein Screening des Kurzfilms IDLE mit anschließendem Künstlergespräch am Drehort – der ehemaligen Strandwache von Ulrich Müther – in Binz statt.

Im Video IDLE entwickelt Stefan Hurtig eine alternative Vision der menschlichen Zukunft: In einer postapokalyptischen Landschaft gibt sich ein humanoides Wesen tänzerisch komplett der Muße hin, während die Haushaltsroboter ihrer Arbeit nachgehen und aus ihrer unermüdlichen Bewegung heraus, unintendiert, künstlerisch anmutende Ergebnisse hervorbringen. Der gesprochene Text basiert auf dem Aufsatz Die Faulheit als tatsächliche Wahrheit der Menschheit (1921) von Kasimir Malewitsch. (Jennifer Bork)

21. September 2019, 20 Uhr
Müther-Turm an der Strandpromenade, Strandzugang 6
Ostseebad Binz, Rügen

Note To Self

LIA Award Exhibition / Solo Show
26 July–27 October 2019
Opening: Thursday, 25 July, 6 pm
Speakers: Jennifer Bork (Curator, Hannover), Rainer Schade (Leipziger Jahresausstellung e.V.)

The video artist Stefan Hurtig (* 1981), who lives in Leipzig and Berlin, is the 20th prize winner of the Leipziger Jahresausstellung e. V. In Note to Self, Hurtig presents an intricate spatial assemblage that addresses the conflicts experienced by individuals when exposed to the pressure to self-optimise as entrepreneurial entities. In his piece, Hurtig uses the forms and vocabulary of a neoliberal structure. The solo show is like a walk-in Instagram hashtag where motivationals, commercials and self-promotion mingle. The exhibition gathers photo and video works from the last four years including a new utopian film on the topic of idleness.

Museum of Fine Arts / Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
Katharinenstr. 10, 04109 Leipzig

AI: More than Human

Detlef Weitz, Stefan Hurtig: AE/MAETH, 3-channel video installation, 8:45 min., 2016. Installation view at Jewish Museum Berlin, 2016. Photography: Stefan Hurtig

AE/MAETH, a 3-channel video installation in collaboration with Detlef Weitz, reveals the myth of artificial life in cinema history. The video collage is based on snippets from 60 movies that depict humunculi, cyborgs, robots, androids, replicants and of course: golems. The research-like artistic approach that led to the video work reveals recurring motifs in form and content of Sci-Fi movies that tell the story of various artifical lifeforms. The looped video shows three chapters: 1. the creation from dead matter, 2. the creature as companion and 3. the loss of control and destruction of the artifical being. The work’s title AE/MAETH (aemaeth=life, maeth=death) refers to the magic spell rabbi Loew chanted in order to bring the golem to life and again destoy it.

The video work was originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum Berlin for their Golem exhibition and is now on display at the Barbican Centre in London. The AI: More than Human exhibtion explores the general world of artificial intelligence.

AI: More than Human
16 May–26 Aug 2019

The Curve, Barbican Centre
London, UK


Video still from Bloom! Your Self Beautifully Enriched by Stefan Hurtig, 2015–17

Yvon Chabrowski, Wilhelm Frederking, Stefan Hurtig, Liz Magic Laser, Georg Lisek, Guido Reddersen, Rona Stern, Daniel Theiler, Angelika Waniek, Guy Woueté

Identification means to define one’s position: to identify with media images, a certain culture, your profession, the past, a generation or a sex. The two Leipzig artists Angelika Waniek and Stefan Hurtig have invited eight guest artists asking for specific artworks in order to curate the group show. The pieces on display use various artistic media, each one reflecting another perspective on the process of psychological identification.

Two performative works were specifically developed with regard to the Sootbörn art space. Angelika Waniek will present her new performance with the title The story behind during opening reception. The piece is based on letters from young men liable to military service in former West Germany, in which they justify conscientious objection. Georg Lisek will present a new lecture performance with the title Blind me! during closing reception. The work approaches the extensive display of social status and power in online media.

November 24–December 9, 2018
Opening: Friday, Nov 23, 7 pm.: The story behind, Performance by Angelika Waniek
Finissage: Saturday, Dec 8, 6 pm.: Blind me!, Lecture Performance by Georg Lisek
The exhibit is open: Saturdays and Sundays, 3–6 pm.

Künstlerhaus Sootbörn
Sootbörn 22, 22453 Hamburg
Public transport: U2 Niendorf Markt or Metrobus 5, Vogt-Cordes-Damm

Kindly supported by Behörde für Kultur und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg

Leipziger Jahresausstellung: SILBER

Artists: Ellen Akimoto, ART N MORE (Paul Bowler & Georg Weißbach), David Borgmann, Georg Brückmann, Barbara Burck, Robert Deutsch, Jan Dörre, Isabelle Dutoit, Christine Ebersbach, Christoph Feist, Dietrich Gnüchtel, Sabine Graf, Sebastian Harbort, Claudia Hauptmann, Marlet Heckhoff, Madeleine Heublein, Sebastian Hosu, Stefan Hurtig, Tjark Ihmels, Jürgen Kellig, Irene Kiele, Martin Kreim, Agnes Lammert, Fabian Lehnert, Dana Lorenz, Dana Meyer, Anna Nero, Titus Schade, Konstanze Siegemund, Rosi Steinbach, Henry Stöcker, Ronny Szillo, Anke Theinert, Katrin Thiele, Marta Vezzoli, Hendrik Voerkel, Peter Walther, Susanne Werdin, Raik Zimmermann (†)

25. Leipziger Jahresausstellung: SILBER
August 17–September 2, 2018
Opening Reception: August 16, 8 pm

Spinnerei Leipzig
Werkschauhalle / Halle 12
Spinnereistraße 7 | 04179 Leipzig
open: Tue–Fr 1–6 pm, Sat 11 am–4 pm, Sun 2–6 pm

Absurdist Film evening

Absurdism arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning and the meaninglessness of the universe. It’s nothing new for artists to poke fun at the world around them. What is modern, perhaps, is what is being made fun of. Artists challenge the corporate world, capitalism, body image, consumerism, chauvinism, and the digital world.

Videos by: jessica arseneau, benedikt braun, minhye chu, the destroyer, elizabeth gerdeman, michael hahn, stefan hurtig, nicolas manenti, maeshelle west-davies, tattoonowsky

Curated by maeshelle west-davies

Fr, 9 March, 2018
8–11 pm
Kohlgartenstraße 51, 04315 Leipzig

Corpus Collective

Stefan Hurtig: HYPER (video still), 2015

Video screenings in three parts / video projekcije u tri dijela

With films by Paula Abalos, ART’N’MORE, Anna Baronowski, Charlotte Eifler, Stefan Hurtig, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Katharina Nesterowa, Jakub Šimčik, Robert Sieg, V.I.P.
Curator/kurator: Kristina Semenova

Is the urge to draft and invent ourselves pervasive? Is the pressure to extend the boundaries of all the physical, biological and psychological limits ubiquitous? Did the individual’s body internalize the digital force already? Is ‘homo technicus’ the final fiction, the hyper, the quantified self, optimized and controlled, alienated and hypnotized? Are humans already inhabited by machines and therefore cyborgs which were thought to inhabit only the distant future? In the polyphonic video story, ‘corpus collective’ explores the impacts of technology on the production of the contemporary subject, it’s desires, fears and longings in the techno-worlds.

As part of the project It could be a community. In cooperation with Бükü – bureau for cultural translations and KV-Leipzig. The project is a result of a three year exchange 2015 – 2017 framed by the project Intercity/Switchcity. Funded by Goethe Institute Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of Croatia, City of Zagreb.

15 December, 2017
8 pm
Mala dvorana Pogona Jedinstvo
Zagreb, Croatia

HELLO BURG – Susanne Weiß, Stefan Hurtig

Installation of the exhibition »Wir bleiben bis 1000 Uhr« by Jan Bünnig, curated by Susanne Weiß, Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2013. Photography: Toni Montana

Talk with curator Susanne Weiß and artist Stefan Hurtig

Jour Fixe: Stefan Hurtig, Susanne Weiß – HELLO BURG
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6 pm, room 103/104

BURG Giebichenstein
University of Art and Design
Villa, Design Campus
Neuwerk 7
06003 Halle (Saale)