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)

Yours faithfully

Stefan Hurtig: Challenge (Model), fine art print, wooden frame, edition of 5, 30 x 45 cm (2014)

Exhibition & auction featuring works by

Pomona Zipser, Francis Zeischegg, Simone Zaugg, beate maria wörz, Renate Wolff, Veronika Witte, Christopher Winter, Barbara Wille, Frauke Wilken, Norbert Wiesneth, Anna Werkmeister, Albert Weis, Christian Weidner, Dietrich Walther, Matthäus Thoma, Kai Teichert, Caro Suerkemper, Walter Stöhrer, Susanne Specht, Heidi Sill, Michaela Schweiger, Laurie Schwartz, Nadja Schöllhammer, Andreas Schmid, Verena Schirz-Jahn, Karen Scheper, Salah Saouli, Silke Riechert, Veronika Radulovic, Katharina Poos, Martin Pfahler, Fernando Niño-Sanchez, Nanne Meyer, Reiner Maria Matysik, Inge Mahn, Juliane Laitzsch, Eike Laeuen, Stephan Kurr, Betina Kuntzsch, Pauline Kraneis, Ellen Kobe, Sharon Kivland, Franziska Jyrch, Bettina Hutschek, Stefan Hurtig, Frenzy Höhne, Doris Hinzen-Röhrig, Barbara Hindahl, Sylvia Henrich, Vanessa Henn, Christian Hasucha, Jörg Hasheider, Oliver Hartung, Grit Hachmeister, Harriet Groß, Erik Göngrich, Monika Goetz, Jörn Gerstenberg, Kiki Gebauer, Kati Gausmann, Tom Früchtl, Adib Fricke, Peter Freitag, Christine Falk, Barbara Duisberg, Max Diel, Gregor Cürten, Daniela Comani, Albert Coers, Claudia Busching, Pedro Boese, Antonia Bisig, Ina Bierstedt, Matthias Beckmann, Alfred Banze, Monika Anselment and Anonymen Zeichnern

Curated by Veronika Witte and Claudia Beelitz
Exhibit Design by Pfelder and Karen Scheper

Yours faithfully
Achtzig für einen
September 28 – October 22, 2017
Opening reception: 27 Sept, 2017, 7 pm
Auction: 22 Oct, 2017, 1 pm

Galerie Nord / Kunstverein Tiergarten
Turmstr. 75
10551 Berlin

The Next Conversation

Timo Hinze, Untitled (Hannover) from the series: 'Draft', Photography, 2015, 2016
Timo Hinze, Untitled (Hannover) from the series: Draft, Photography, 2015, 2016

The exhibition The Next Conversation shows international artists who investigate the complexity of our mediatized present with humor and irony. It shows an area of tension between the current glorified and/or dystopian scenarios of a technologized future. The Next Conversation searches for poetic means to talk about the present and its possible growth.

The Gallery ABTART in Stuttgart has invited БüKü – Bureau for Cultural Translations Leipzig as a cooperative partner. The focus of the curators Kristina Semenova and Olga Vostretsova was set on artists from the cities of Moscow and Leipzig.

Artists: Rania Akl, Suzana Brborović, Jaeyong Choi, Lorenza Diaz, Renan Ran Harari, Timo Hinze, Stefan Hurtig, Kristina Jurotschkin, Taisia Korotkova, Cal Lane, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Via Lewandowsky, Alexander Povzner, Norbert Reissig, Christian Schellenberger, Hayahisa Tomiyasu, Hannes Waldschütz, Susan Winter, Anna Zholud

The Next Conversation
Fragments of a Fluid Present
January 14 – March 17, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 pm

Galerie ABTART
Rembrandtstr. 18
70567 Stuttgart