WHAT HAPPENS IN OFFENBACH STAYS IN HALIFAX
festival der jungen talente.
curated by ROOS GORTZAK.
in cooperation with
MARINA KAMPKA and CRAIG LEONARD.
»The whole thing started on 1.5.2014, when we all saw and met each other for the first time. Craig Leonard was giving a workshop here at the HfG.« This meeting marked the starting point of a communication and connection between two cities, Offenbach (DE) and Halifax (CA). During the workshop, which similarly to FdjT had dealt with questions regarding the Fluxus movement, Lisa Hopf and Marina Kampka received the open call for the festival. Shortly thereafter, Leonard returned to Halifax, Canada, and the communication shifted from the physical to the virtual realm. The circular connection of the three protagonists gave rise to an interaction under the premise of artistic production. Yet through the intensification of the exchange and a process of getting to know one another, they increasingly questioned their project as well as their own goals. It was no longer the output that dominated their exchanges, but rather the mutual input. The result was no longer dominating the discussions, but the process itself and the accumulation of material objects, such as lists, books, music videos, or drinks. Hopf, Kampka and Leonard reveal this process and thereby also the artistic practice of the exchange of ideas and ongoing self-questioning. Their work »What Happens in Offenbach Stays in Halifax« also refers to the title of FdjT »What Happens in Offenbach Stays in Offenbach«, however, gives it another dimension in that it connected geographical and virtual spheres. It describes the current state of an ongoing process, but particularly bears witnesses to artistic potential.