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On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue was published:
Das Mechanische Corps. Auf den Spuren von Jules Verne

Edited by Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin
With contributions by: Peter Lang, Doreet LeVitte Harten, Thibaut de Ruyter, Christoph Tannert
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2014

Available in the exhibition space or
online at bookshop@hmkv.de29 EUR, ISBN 978-3-941230-30-9


By pÄrle for HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein)

The designer Pia Hartmann was highly inspired by these fascinating, retro-futuristic worlds of steampunk, machines, clockworks and studs at the exhibition `The Mechanical Corps´ and created an exklusive jewellery collection for HMKV. The collection consists of delicate wristbands, fragile earrings and necklaces made from raw brass in a golden colour – a material having been used for the first time by the Dortmund-based designer.

The limited collection is available in diverse design shops in the Ruhr Area as well as in HMKV’s bookshop on level 3 at the Dortmunder U from mid April to mid July 2015.

More about pÄrle: https://de-de.facebook.com/paerle.de

Exhibition title "The Mechanical Corps. On the Trail of Jules Verne", 11.04.-13.07.2015 @ HMKV at Dortmunder U

The Mechanical Corps. On the Trail of Jules Verne

Dortmunder U | 3rd Floor | 04/11/2015 - 07/12/2015

Three months, 6452 Visitors and a bunch of great events... It has been a successful exhibition for us!

Steam engines, clockworks, cogs and gears, valves and pistons, copper, riveted steel and leather – the retro-futuristic world of steampunk is fascinating more and more hobbyists and novelists, nostalgists and utopists, established artists and eager amateurs.

For `The Mechanical Corps´ curators Peter Lang (†) and Christoph Tannert have gathered a formidable collection of contemporary objects and artworks whose aesthetics hark back to the late nineteenth century. Their exhibition explores a phenomenon that can be observed in visual arts, fashion, design, literature, film and comics since the 1980s, namely, a growing fascination with the functionality, beauty and utopian potential of technologies developed in the heyday of industrialisation. Paradoxically, they attraction seems to grow as modern life is increasingly determined by invisible and impenetrable technology, acceleration and constant information.

`The Mechanical Corps´ is an exhilarating hodgepodge of artefacts from the realms of contemporary art, popular culture and subculture. It assembles sophisticated mechanical devices, Victorian-inspired costumes, mind-boggling designs and crazed inventions that bring to mind the fantastical worlds of Jules Verne, while blurring the boundaries between art, handicraft and DIY as well as the distinction between experts and nerds.

The exhibition was first shown at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and will be staged in Dortmund in memoriam of Peter Lang, who sadly passed away last year.

An Exhibition with works by:
Yoshi Akai (JP), Atak (DE), Roland Boden (DE), Jean-Pierre Bouvet  (FR), James Capper (GB), Wendy Esmeralda Castillo (MX), Stefan Fahrnländer (DE), Eric Freitas (US), Roland Fuhrmann (DE), Andreas Gerth (DE), Gregor Hildebrandt (DE), Karl Hans Janke (DE), Thomas Kellner (DE), Yunchul Kim (KR), Alicja Kwade (DE), Peter Langer (DE), Gerard van Lankveld (NL), Via Lewandowsky (DE), Florian Mertens (BE), Gustav Mesmer (DE), Mœbius (FR), Richard »Doc« Nagy (US), Nik Nowak (DE), Donna Ong (SG), Panamarenko (BE), Michael Sailstorfer (DE), Alexander Schlesier – Steampunker (DE), Henrik Schrat (DE), François Schuiten (BE), Amanda Scrivener (GB), Steam Noir - Verena Klinke, Felix Mertikat (DE), Haruo Suekichi (JP), Philip Topolovac (DE), Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Viron Erol Vert (DE), Jos de Vink (NL), Takashi Watabe (JP), Bert Wrede (DE), Ralf Ziervogel (DE) und anderen

Curated by Peter Lang (†) and Christoph Tannert

Admission 5 € / 2,50 € reduced

Produced by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. With kind support by the Capital Cultural Fund.

Main sponsors of the HMKV:
Dortmunder U – Center for Art and Creativity
Cultural Department of the City of Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Cultural Partner:

Media Partners:
ARTE Creative

Media Coverage:

Blog entry by Herbergsmütter: "Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Kunst"
in: herbergsmuetter.de, 20 Apr 2015

Andreas Schröter: "HMKV: Fulminante Eröffnung"
in: dortmunder-kulturblog-blogspot.de, 17 Apr 2015

Birgit Ebbert: "Das mechanische Corps in Dortmund",
in: birgit-ebbert.blog.de, 11 Apr 2015

„Das mechanische Corps. Auf den Spuren von Jules Verne“ im Dortmunder U ,
in: Detlefs Notizblog, 11 Apr 2015

Angela Friedrich: "Herausgebeamt aus der Realität",
in Scala, WDR 5, 10 Apr 2015

Bettina Jäger: " 'Das Mechanische Corps' schickt uns zurück in die Zukunft",
in: Ruhr Nachrichten, 10 Apr 2015

"Gib mir Fünf! Ausstellungstipps"
in: art Das Kunstmagazin, 07 Apr 2015


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