Run by Kim Dotty Hachmann, Marita Damkröger, Julia Hürter, Matthias Roth, Bertram Schilling, Ricarda Wallhäuser
Berlin and Munich, Germany
We are a fixed group of 5 members but for each venue we invite guest artists, mostly from the place where the exhibition takes place. Like this we give another artist the possibility to exhibit with us and we get to know the local artist network of the exhibition place or city. Generally we take part in exhibitions at different levels and in different places all over Germany and abroad. Another important field is alternative art fairs for artist run spaces, where we connect to other galleries from all over the world. By now we have a huge pool of contacts and can help each other.
You also asked how we fund our project. To be honest it really depends on the venue and therefore I can not give you any fixed amount of money. Sometimes we get sponsorships, sometimes the galleries that invite us pay for the exhibitions. We apply for support at cultural institutes and look around where to get our project funded. It really depends on the venue and if something is really important for us we also pay for ourselves. So you can not really tell in one sentence how we work in money matters...
The core of the constellation „microwesten“ consits of a fistful of artists, who got together at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, (Art Academy of Kassel, Germany). Their first aim was to keep up the community after finishing art academy by organizing collective exhibitions in varying cities and locations. The concept developped into a dynamic artists’ organisation over the years, which changes slightly or intensively with every event. The thematic approaches of the exhibitions relate to their particular venue. Each exhibition is organized by the artists (or the artist) who are local residents. They use their contacts into the art scene of their resident city to broaden the group temporarily by inviting other artists to take part in the show. Most of the time, the invited artists take part in only one exhibition, but sometimes they integrate into the group by organizing a further one or by actively adding their artistic impulse to the group. Microwesten relates to the exhibitions’ locations by choosing a fitting title for the event. The artists are invited to relate to this title with their work, but are not obliged to do so. The relation to the location was created e.g. in the famous German holiday resort Oberstdorf by using the title „Souvenir, Souvenir“. The artists could integrate that topic into their work or not. The aim is to bring different contemporary artistic approaches together in exhibitions without undertaking curatorial interference. The artists profit from the exchange of views and can get into discourse with each other. They can reflect the new influences and integrate them into the ongoing project. The group understands itself as a dynamic one, in which a variety of approaches meet to exchange with another and with the interested public.