Most of the artworks were created specifically for THE GATE and are sited at various points of entry into and out of the district. The gateway metaphor is their starting point for an exploration of aspects of the urban space that usually receive little attention in the everyday life of a city. Indeed, it is precisely these invisible, unconscious or unwanted elements that play such a decisive role in the way an urban space is perceived and accepted by its users. Each of these artworks is a ‘gateway’ in its own right, to be explored individually and in no particular order. Many of the works have been placed in public spaces so they can be visited at any time. Others are showcased in public indoor spaces and can be viewed free of charge during regular opening hours.

Participants Art Walk: Marlon de Azambuja, Eduardo Basualdo, Marc Bijl, Liesel Burisch, Angela Jiménez Durán, Antonio Franco, Omer Fast, FORT (Jenny Kropp & Alberta Niemann), Kapwani Kiwanga (special project), LU’UM (satellite site), Joiri Minaya, Mundhalle artists (satellite site), Franziska Nast, Tamu Nkiwane, Camillo Ritter, Dennis Rudolph, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Mark Wallinger, Svenja Björg Wassill.
Marlon de Azambuja (*1978, Brazil),
Site-specific installation,Kasematten G1 + G2, Oberhafenstrasse,
The installation transposes Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave into the present, interweaving the question of the relationship between reality, truth, and what we can know about it, with specific references to Hamburg’s own history and self-image.
Kasematten G1 + G2
20097 Hamburg, Germany

Eduardo Basualdo (*1977, Argentina),
Sculpture, Marco-Polo-Terrassen,  
A sculpture disrupts the otherwise meticulously designed layout of the square, with the simple revolving door leading nowhere; in fact, it cannot even be entered. As its only functionless element, it visibly and tangibly illustrates the fact that the design of the public space determines its use and people’s affective attachment to it.
Marco-Polo-Terrassen Hamburg, Germany

Marc Bijl (*1970, Netherlands),
2 sculptures, Shanghaibrücke (north side),  
A sculpture disrupts the otherwise meticulously designed layout of the square, with the simple revolving door leading nowhere; in fact, it cannot even be entered. As its only functionless element, it visibly and tangibly illustrates the fact that the design of the public space determines its use and people’s affective attachment to it.
Shanghaibrücke Nordseite ,
20459 Hamburg, Germany

Liesel Burisch (*1987, Denmark),
Nine-channel video installation, HafenCity InfoCenter im Kesselhaus, Am Sandtorkai 30
Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 10 am to 6 pm

The nine-channel video installation HC20457 presents HafenCity from a drone’s perspective, the way an official promotional trailer might do. Several times however, the camera departs from its vantage point as impartial observer to close in on Hamburg artist Fathoeburger a.k.a. Preach and then follows her around the district, adopting constantly changing perspectives.

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Am Sandtorkai 30,
20457 Hamburg, Germany

DRAGA (Landscape in Selfie Times)
 Antonio Franco (*1961, Spain),
Drawing/Installation, display cabinet, Am Sandtorkai 46
Draga, a machine delving and cleaning ports, rivers and channels in the painting emerges from a delirium, cleaning seaweed (Buchón de río) from the waters close to the large Cauca River to prevent the area’s ecosystem destruction caused by the uncontrolled industrialization. This landscape is a personal story which talks about circular time, eternal return turning into a universal time. Landscapes of the past but also of the future. The artist believes that waters are one more of the common elements between his landscape and the Hamburg landscape.
Vitrine vor dem Pierdrei Hotel
Am Sandtorkai 46 Hamburg, Germany

KARLA (2020)
Omer Fast (*1972, Israel),
Video installation, hotel room at the PIERDREI Hotel HafenCity, Am Sandtorkai 46,
Opening hours: daily 11am to 8 pm

As the guardians of the virtual world, people like KARLA (2020) check suspicious content case by case to protect the public from disturbing content. Thus, they also determine which areas of reality are suitable for public viewing and, in doing so, bear the burden of this additional knowledge for the sake of the community.

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Pierdrei Hotel
Am Sandtorkai 46,
20457 Hamburg, Germany

LIMBO (2017/2021)
FORT a.k.a. Jenny Kropp (*1978, Germany) and Alberta Niemann (*1982, Germany),
Installation, Kiosk, Elbbrücken underground station (HafenCity entrance)
The spatial sculpture stages a cinematic mind-game, set against a real backdrop: What if the big cats had left their enclosure but not the scene? This non-encounter heightens our awareness of our surroundings, and an everyday routine in which everyone is preoccupied with themselves might suddenly make us aware of many other people in the very same situation.
Kiosk Elbbrücken
U-Bahn Station, Zweibrückenstraße Hamburg, Germany

Joiri Minaya (*1990, USA),
Intervention (print on flag fabric), Kornhausbrücke (north side)
The intervention draws our attention to exponents of European colonial rule who had thus far been inconspicuously integrated into our everyday lives while symbolically appropriating their place in the urban landscape. Using tropical patterns, Minaya cloaks colonial statues in tailor-made full-body suits made of printed plant-based fabrics, which in indigenous cultures are attributed spiritual protective qualities.
North Side,
20457 Hamburg Germany

Franziska Nast (*1982, Germany),
Sculpture and six tattoo sessions (6 plant motifs from HafenCity at 6 locations), Oberbaumbrücke (east side)
The sculpture acts as a public info-point for a series of tattoo performances at HafenCity. Based on the cultural technique of tattooing, which has close links with the history of seafaring and its romanticised portrayal, a new motif is created for each session using domesticated exotic plants from the district itself.

The Hamburg artist will tattoo 3-4 individually designed plant motifs on 6 days. Are you interested in a plant tattoo? Then write to info@franziskanast.de and register your slot! Please note that the number of participants is limited and will be updated according to the current pandemic rules.

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20457 Hamburg, Germany

Tamu Nkiwane (*1990, Great Britain),
Site-specific installation, corner of Hongkongstrasse / Shanghaiallee
The installation temporarily takes possession of an undeveloped plot of land in HafenCity. Using an old mobile home as its starting point, it turns the relationship between land and water on its head. At the focal point of the project is the history of trade and its impact on the geography of the former marshland along the Elbe river.
Hongkongstrasse / Shanghaiallee Hamburg, Germany

Camillo Ritter (*1990, Germany),
Spatial installation, Kiosk, HafenCity University underground station (Lohsepark entrance)
The installation embraces the atmosphere of the station and focuses on the moment between locations, forms of movement, and occupations. Using silicone, greased fingers or even a torch, Ritter ‘paints’ photographic spaces onto standard office scanners and installs the images onto half-opened portals.
Kiosk HafenCity University
underground station (Lohsepark entrance) Hamburg

Dennis Rudolph (*1979, Germany),
App with AR monument, bridge (between the Elbbrücken underground and S-Bahn stations)
The virtual gateway between HafenCity and the end of the (western) world is activated via a marker in the real space to promote an ideal town twinning agreement. To the music of Richard Wagner, the failed urban development project California City with its excess of undeveloped space becomes visible – the very opposite of Hamburg’s showcase project.
Between the Elbbrücken underground and S-Bahn stations

(Trinidadian for ‘conviviality’)
Curtis Talwst Santiago (*1979, Canada),
Multimedia installation, container (north-eastern corner), Mundhalle (formerly Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity), Hübenerstraße 55 – 60,
Opening hours:Tue–Fri, 10 am to 6 pm / Sat–Sun, 2 pm to 6 pm  

The interior of an overseas container is populated by painted figures depicted in an illusionist way. In this installation, the references between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’ are continually changing places, surrounded by cruise nostalgics, dancing friends and family members, a historical seafarer and everyday life in Bavaria.

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Mundhalle Container (northeastern)
Hübenerstraße 55-60,
Container (nordöstliche Ecke), Mundhalle (ehem. Hamburg Cruise Center) Hamburg, Germany

Mark Wallinger (*1959, Great Britain),
Video, container (in front of the building), Mundhalle (formerly Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity), Hübenerstraße 55 – 60
Opening hours: Tue–Fri, 10 am to 6 pm / Sat–Sun: 2 pm to 6 pm

In the video, travellers enter the international arrivals terminal at London City Airport to the sound of mediaeval a capella singing. The double meaning of the titular Kingdom as the term designating a union of states and as a religious metaphor identifies the automatic door as a threshold to the Promised Land – and the people entering, as those in search of it.

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Mundhalle Container
Hübenerstraße 55 – 60,
Container (vor dem Gebäude), Mundhalle (ehem. Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity)

Svenja Björg Wassill (*1991, Germany),
Spatial installation, Kasematte G5, Altländer Strasse  
Two anthropomorphic ceramic rabbits sit facing each other in a cave-like setting. The rattling sound of a never-ending train, amplified into the Kasematte space via a sound system, reinforces the impression that one of these shape-shifters could suddenly assume a different form at any moment.
Kasematten G5
Altländer Straße Hamburg, Germany

Special project:  Kapwani Kiwanga (*1978, Canada),
Sculpture, Dar-es-Salaam-Platz
Traditionally, reliefs were used to convey history by depicting specific situations, but nowadays the complex history of the colonial trade era seems difficult to represent figuratively. Instead, the artist relies on typologies of merchant ships plying the Tanzania route to make a historical process accessible not only to our senses but also materially.
20457 Hamburg, Germany

LU’UM (est. 2019, Germany),
Research project for co-operative urban development models, alternating locations.
More details at: luum.xyz
In their research project, the Hamburg-based collective uses fictitious artefacts to launch experiments on collaborative futures for the inner city. Workshops, expeditions, talks, livestreams, and interventions will take place together with various guests, in hybrid online formats as well as in public space on the north side of HafenCity.
Billhorner Brückenstraße 40 Hamburg, Germany

Mundhalle Artists (est. 2021 Germany)
Performance series,
Mundhalle (formerly Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity, west side), Hübenerstraße 55 – 60.
More details at: mundhalle.de
The story of Saint Anthony of Padua ‘preaching to the fishes’ first appeared in mediaeval folk songs and it provides the basis for public and open-ended rehearsals by a specially founded amateur choir. Alternating installations accompany the search for social effectiveness – and its necessary failure.
Hübenerstraße 55-60,
20457 Hamburg, Germany

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Date 4 June 2021 -
30 October 2021
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