Since April 2022

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ON THE THRESHOLD OF WISDOM

Daniel Tyradellis

In his philosophical miniatures, philosopher and curator Daniel Tyradellis takes various constellations of people, objects, and places in HafenCity as his starting point for a reflection on urban living.
Produced for THE GATE in summer 2021. 

Available episodes: 

1 THE SELF-IMAGE OF A CITY 
In order to see ourselves properly we all need to take a step or two back. This is just as true of a city as it is of its citizens. The most reliable way of achieving this is through images. They provide the setting for the perspective we want to be viewed from, and every major city does it in ways that differ only slightly. Hamburg has a preference for an image that conveys the authentic. Something that doesn’t sit all too well with HafenCity. 

2 A CITY’S UNCONSCIOUS 
‘Dreams are the royal path to the unconscious’ says Sigmund Freud. Contrary to what we might think, the unconscious is not a chaotic driving force; rather, it consists of the building blocks of the known world. Its highest concentration is the city, which sustains the individual consciousness, its imaginings, its fears, and its desires. 

3 A CITY’S MEDIA 
A city is not merely a concentration of streets and buildings, but also a feeling that ranges between freedom and obligation in our social interactions. This is due less to the Sunday speeches given by politicians than to the complexity of the urban networks and infrastructures. The more they impact our lives, the greater the anonymity and the greater the hurdle that stands in the way of individual engagement. 

4 THE CORPOREAL EXPERIENCE OF A CITY 
Moving around a city is always also a corporeal experience. The more planned and standardised it is, the less the self-will of the corporeal comes into play. Yet it is precisely in people’s physical encounters that moments of happiness and coincidence occur in the spaces left in between, the spaces that need to be cultivated. 

5 ORIENTATION IN THE CITY 
A park always complements the city in which it is located. And conceiving of a city as a whole often succeeds best when considering its opposite – or doing so from an elevated position. The parks of a city can therefore be important in understanding it as their settings are always staged using the resources at the city’s disposal, as its Other.

OPEN WORLDS

OPEN WORLDS

Omer Fast

From September 2023

Annual programme 2023

Next autumn we’ll be infiltrating everyday urban life. For the conclusion of OFFENE WELTEN Berlin-based film maker Omer Fast will be creating a cross-city intervention for Hamburg, Hanover, Herford and Siegen. And our digital network will be taking a look at public infrastructures with the help of our INTERKIT culture app.

Now at the Kiosk

© Jan Northoff
© Jan Northoff

In its November issue, DER HAMBURGER has a piece profiling Ellen Blumenstein. The Popular section features people and projects that lend the city its face. Available to read exclusively in our Press Area.

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCE, PODCAST

Facts & Figures

Initiated in 2017 by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, the experimental cultural programme got underway with the appointment of Ellen Blumenstein as HafenCity Curator. Since 2018, we have been operating as IMAGINE THE CITY and are supported by the independent, non-profit association Kunst und Kultur in der HafenCity. So far we have realised more than twenty projects involving almost 100 participants, co-operated with eight cultural institutions and raised more than three million euros.

FUNKFAHRRAD

© Wilhelm Wolf, FAHRRAD UND RADFAHRER, Leipzig, 1890
© Wilhelm Wolf, FAHRRAD UND RADFAHRER, Leipzig, 1890

The mobile cultural vehicle is able to record and broadcast podcasts directly from street level, stage discussions in public places, organise karaoke competitions and stream movies licence-free. Plus you can also borrow the bike for free for your own projects!

denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof at Lohsepark

2021 was all about the ‘gateway to the world’. In seven interviews, historian Sandra Schürmann looked at how Hamburg’s self-image is made visible at HafenCity. This podcast episode for example deals with the question of how remembrance can be kept alive within an urban space and how important ‘authentic’ testimonies are in this regard.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify

The City Imagined mit/with

The book series documents our work at HafenCity. Order here free of charge one of the four in-depth interviews with Terence Koh, Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus & Richard Wilhelmer, Liz Magic Laser & Dafna Maimon, and Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann about the special experience of developing art within the urban fabric.

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IMAGINE THE CITY elaborates new formats at the interface between culture and urban planning in HafenCity. We incorporate representative artistic perspectives into Hamburg’s urban development and collaborate at the international level with like-minded people across all sectors of society. Practically and discursively, we contribute to shaping the future of our cities in ways that are vibrant, equitable and supportive.

THE GATE Editions

© Eduardo Basualdo, Sonámbula
© Eduardo Basualdo, Sonámbula

Still looking for Christmas presents and/or keen to support artists? If so, why not buy a work of art by Marlon de Azambuja, Eduardo Basualdo, Marc Bijl, Camillo Ritter or Svenja Björg Wassil! Send us an email to receive a list of available works. 

Interactive culture in the urban space

© Sansho Studio
© Sansho Studio

Build your own app: our web-based editorial system INTERKIT is set to go online next year, allowing familiar features such as AR, Player, Chat, Archive and Map to be linked together as required. Simply select what you need or programme your own extensions; the open source toolbox is available free of charge for all non-commercial uses!

From our archives

© Laura Léglise
© Laura Léglise

Having trouble sleeping? – If so, pick a suitable lullaby from our YouTube archive: The HUSH performance by Liz Magic Laser and Dafna Maimon in the fall of 2021 armed each participant against their own personal fears about the future.
In return, they shared their personalised reassurances with all those in need.

Message from SAM

Florence Jung’s manipulative bot follows users throughout their day and communicates with them via a mobile app. The last sub-project of our OPEN WORLDS digital network runs until February 2023 at MGK Siegen – and everywhere online: available now from the App Store or on Google Play.

Our favourite video trailer

Together with two artist friends Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann shot his own BACKDROP road movie to indicate to our audience the best way to get to his work.
The three artists thus instantly relocated the famous original C’était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch (1976) from Paris to HafenCity: a little work of art all of its own.

Space for dreaming

Our latest podcast feature on HafenCity’s last unplanned site brings together ambitious, whimsical and visionary ideas for one of the district’s most expensive pieces of real estate.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to what Annika Kahrs, Hadi Teherani and many others have come up with for this special ‘lost place’ on the Elbe.

New headquarters

Visit us at the Coffee Plaza: from January 1 you will be able to find us at our new address with our own terrace, directly at Sandtorpark.

New Feature: our magazine

Along with our website revamp we’ve also introduced a new category. In our Magazine we regularly post exclusive and/or special essays that use the power of language to sketch out images of cities. From all eras and from all over the world.

By bus to art

DOMESTICITY

Our exhibition series plays out inside a display cabinet at the bus stop in front of the PIERDREI Hotel at Sandtorkai. Until 15 January 2023, you have the opportunity to see Saray Purto’s HAUS WANDERER colossus comprised of discarded furniture drenched in white paint.

Photo knowledge on Telegram

THE INVISIBLE HAND dives deep into the history and theory of photography with videos, chats and comics. As a virtual companion to the 8th Triennial of Photography, we deliberately aimed the festival motto Currency at Hamburg’s urban space in the summer of 2022.
The channel remains permanently accessible and is well worthwhile even without the exhibition!

Smiley over the city

A prominent text about our first project, PUBLIC FACE. In March 2020, a detailed analysis appeared in the architecture and urbanism magazine Arch+. available online anytime.

History, Technology, Infrastructure

Filter Exhibition, Performance, Podcast, In Print, Hands-on, Immersion, Sculpture, Sound, History, Contemplation, Entertainment, Stage, Technology, Event, Threshold, Outdoors, Narrative, Trade, Infrastructure, Explore, Cooperation,

OPEN WORLDS

Omer Fast, ABENDLAND, 2022, Film Still, © Filmgalerie 451

Omer Fast
From September 2023

DOMESTICITY 2: HOME WANDERER

Saray Purto
15 September 2022 – 15 January 2023

BEE CHAPEL HAFENCITY

The chapel at the HafenCity Ecumenical Forum, © Laura Léglise

Terence Koh
From Spring 2023

FUNKFAHRRAD

Stephan Farfler, Handbike, 1665

Javier Acevedo, Theresa Michel, Jonas Wietelmann
From 2023

How To Live In The Echo Of Other Places

© Cansu Naz Tekir

Annika Kahrs
1 June – 4 September 2022

VOICES OF THE CITY 1: BAAKENHÖFT

Theresa Michel
Online

DOMESTICITY 1: RUBIA Y MORENA

© Cansu Naz Tekir

Kristina Kröger
16 June – 15 August 2022

THE INVISIBLE HAND

© Frank Höhne

Ellen Blumenstein, Harriet von Froreich, Theresa Michel, Cansu Naz Tekir
18 May – 15 July 2022

THE CITY IMAGINED WITH/MIT

© IMAGINE THE CITY

Ellen Blumenstein (ed.)
2019 – 2022

ON THE THRESHOLD OF WISDOM

Daniel Tyradellis
Online

BEDFORM

© Laura Léglise

Kapwani Kiwanga
1 June – 31 December 2021

A CITY IN FLUX

Sandra Schürmann
Online

HUSH. THE REASSURER

© Liz Magic Laser, Dafna Maimon

Liz Magic Laser and Dafna Maimon
16 – 19, 23 – 26 September 2021

THE GATE. ART WALK

© Laura Léglise

Curated by Ellen Blumenstein, Mona Hermann
1. June – 31. October 2021

THE GATE. AUDIO LIBRARY

Dennis Rudolph, THE PORTAL HAFENCITY, © Laura Léglise

Curated by Ellen Blumenstein, Theresa Michel
Online

BOTBOAT

© Laura Biermann-Fireck

Sebastian Quack
19 August 2020 – 21 December 2021

BACKDROP

© Volker Renner

Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann
17 April 2020 – 11 April 2021

TABLE TALKS

© IMAGINE THE CITY

Liz Magic Laser and Dafna Maimon, Playful Commons
19 December 2019, 5 February 2020

PUBLIC FACE

© Carsten Dammann

Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus, Richard Wilhelmer
23 November 2018 – 27 September 2020

IMAGINE THE CITY & FRIENDS #2

© Florence Rist

Curated by Cornelius Altmann
25 July 2019

IMAGINE THE CITY & FRIENDS #1

© Ayna Steigerwald

HAFENLESUNG GOES SEUTE DEERN
4 July 2019

ON-BOARD KIOSK SURPRISE

© IMAGINE THE CITY

Curated by Raphael Dillhoff and Nina Groß
11 July 2018 – 29 August 2018

from Marc Bijl: THE WORKS. 1984 : 2084
Jap Sam Books Amsterdam (coming soon)

Chapter 1/5

THE GATES

Women, violence and the HafenCity

Ellen Blumenstein

Also available as Podcast

Street Philosophy
Chapter 1/4

On the Threshold of Wisdom

The Self-Image of a City

Daniel Tyradellis

Initial release: Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, 1840

From: poestories.com/read/manofthecrowd

The Man of the Crowd

Part one

Edgar Allen Poe

ADDRESS

IMAGINE THE CITY 
Am Sandtorpark 2 
20457 Hamburg 
Tel 040 883 536 58 
info@imaginethecity.de

We will be available again by telephone from mid-January 2023. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail.

PRESS 

For press inquiries please contact info@imaginethecity.de.

Our press section has all the latest press material available for download.

© Jan Northoff
© Jan Northoff

Currently in DER HAMBURGER magazine: a profileof IMAGINE THE CITY.

© Helge Mundt
© Helge Mundt

The Hamburger Abendblatt featured Annika Kahrs's installation in the old dockside warehouse.

© Thomas Hampel
© Thomas Hampel

DER SPIEGEL interview with Terence Koh, talking about his BEE CHAPEL HAFENCITY.

© Thomas Hampel
© Thomas Hampel

Understanding the PUBLIC FACE: in-depth analysis in Arch+.

© Laura Biermann-Fireck
© Laura Biermann-Fireck

The BOTBOAT in the practical test of the ADAC travel magazine. Published in issue No. 181.

WHO WE ARE

Initiated in 2017 by Hamburg’s largest development company, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (HCH), the experimental cultural programme got underway with the appointment of Ellen Blumenstein as HafenCity Curator. The following year she adapted the programme to create IMAGINE THE CITY, a project orientated less according to her own personal input and more towards the content-related tasks with which she had been entrusted. The project itself is funded by the independent, non-profit association Kunst und Kultur in der HafenCity. HCH provides the basic funding during the pilot phase and is represented on the Association’s Board in a bid to facilitate the co-ordination of the various projects. A significant portion of the required budget is secured through the acquisition of third-party funding. Since 2017, we have realised more than twenty projects involving almost 100 participants, co-operated with eight cultural institutions and raised more than three million euros. 
 
WHAT WE DO

IMAGINE THE CITY elaborates representative new formats at the interface between culture and urban planning. We incorporate artistic perspectives into the HCH’s urban projects in an illustrative way while collaborating at the international level with like-minded people across all sectors of society. We look at the city from a user perspective and enable encounters with, in, and through its built-up environment so that, together, we can reformulate society’s expectations of culture. In doing so, we target an aspect of the city that planning cannot ‘plan’ for: informal urban spaces highly charged in terms of both narrative and imagination. Practically and discursively, we contribute to shaping the future of our cities in ways that are vibrant, equitable and supportive. 
 
WHERE TO FIND US

In January 2023, IMAGINE THE CITY will be relocating to new headquarters at Coffee Plaza in HafenCity. Our premises are open on three sides, allowing us to interact directly with the outside space and enliven the site for our neighbours, cultural workers and other interested parties, whether it’s through performances, film evenings, lectures or workshops. These events are aimed at everyone living a city who is keen to reflect on seemingly unconnected aspects, track down their own blind spots, and as a result help develop images or ideas of the sort of city we would all want to live in. 
 
WHAT MAKES US TICK

Our work ties in with a broad spectrum of cultural initiatives that were incorporated early on into HafenCity’s development, e.g. the founding of the Oberhafen Cultural Quarter, the establishment of a number of festivals, and the promotion of temporary and/or subculture-based usage concepts. At the same time, IMAGINE THE CITY has gone beyond the scope of these previous approaches. Indeed, for the first time, we deliberately took action in a systematic, long-term, cross-project and cross-genre way, specifically in those areas where the course for our future lives together is being chartered, i.e. urban development areas. This orientation calls for new concepts, new alliances and new infrastructures that mediate between culture and urban development, stakeholders and clients, representation and activism. 

JOBS 

We are regularly on the lookout for interns. Please submit your applications to: info@imaginethecity.de

TEAM 

DIRECTOR (on maternity leave)
Ellen Blumenstein 
blumenstein@imaginethecity.de 

Always in search of new formats that convey cultural issues to a broad audience, Ellen is utterly committed to the task of thinking about culture and urban development as a consistent entity for Hamburg. At the same time, she is also associate curator at Spreepark Berlin and oversees the Reallabor Kunst im öffentlichen Raum at the University of the Arts Bremen until 2023.  

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Jonas Wietelmann 
wietelmann@imaginethecity.de 

Jonas relocated from Dresden to Hamburg in spring 2022 in a bid to help make the infrastructure of IMAGINE THE CITY shipshape. He is tasked with turning interesting concepts into doable projects, looks after our fundraising, and is also in charge of networking us far beyond the borders of Hamburg. His main focus is on digital strategies and art education technologies. 

CURATOR
Theresa Michel 
michel@imaginethecity.de 

Theresa has been a member of the IMAGINE THE CITY artistic team since 2019, working as a research assistant and co-curator for three years focusing on Hamburg’s past and its trading history as well as helping to develop digital formats. Since 2022 she has taken on curatorial responsibility and is the first point of contact for project and format ideas, joint ventures – and the coining of creative titles. 

OFFICE MANAGER
Lea-Elisa Jüttner 
juettner@imaginethecity.de

Lea has been working on her Master’s in Urban Design at HafenCity University since autumn 2022, elaborating repurposing strategies, urban meeting spaces and cultural formats beyond traditional institutions. Besides her office management duties, she also contributes her experience from the Hamburg Office for the Protection of Historic Buildings and as a mediator at documenta 15 to the programme work of IMAGINE THE CITY. 

INTERN
Nele Nithack 
nithack@imaginethecity.de

Nele is studying Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University and doing her work experience at IMAGINE THE CITY. She came across our programme during the Covid pandemic while looking for cultural offerings beyond the scope of the institutions that been forced to close. She liaises closely with Theresa on forthcoming projects and assists Lea in running the office infrastructure. 

ACCOUNTS AND ADMINISTRATION 
Anke Hollmann 
info@imaginethecity.de 

ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN 
Timm Häneke 
timmhaeneke.de 
Tobias Röttger 
stahl-r.de

WEB DEVELOPMENT
Stefan Wunderwald 
src.plus 

The website was funded within KULTUR.GEMEINSCHAFTEN. The program is funded by the NEUSTART KULTUR rescue and future package of the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and the Kulturstiftung der Länder.

 

 

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