BER-DTM-HNL – Fasten your seatbelts!

04. December 2014 - 11. January 2015 Dortmunder U, Level 2

The Dortmunder U is closed on Christmas Eve (Dec 24), Christmas Day (25 Dec), New Year's Eve (31 Dec), and New Year's Day (1 Jan). On Boxing Day (26 Dec) our exhibitions BER-DTM-HNL - Fasten your seatbelts! and Evil Clowns are open from 11am to 6pm; the guided tour of Evil Clowns takes place at 4pm (in German). We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

HMKVʼs exhibition in the framework of the Next Level Conference presents characteristic examples for the development of flight simulators beginning in the 1980s. This selection will be augmented by a variety of different artistic positions that address the ideas of simulation, play, and flight. The flight simulations presented here frame - as 'serious games' - a point of departure for an investigation into contemporary works of art that explore the “dream (and realities) of flying” in political, philosophical, or aesthetic ways.

The exhibition title suggests a travel route from Berlin‘s uncompleted airport (BER) via Dortmund (DTM) to Honolulu (HNL). HNL derives from the video game Microsoft FSX. The original version of this flight simulator was enhanced with add-ons that allow players to fly over Hawaii. For this purpose, Dillingham Airport, which is a mere landing strip in the standard version, was expanded into a full-fledged airfield with extremely realistic scenery. The scenic flight starting from here is suited for beginners; it takes less than ten minutes and can be flown in the exhibition by two people playing together or against each other.

All the games can be played in the exhibition.

Opening: Thursday, 4 December 2014, 7 pm

Flight simulators: Flight Simulator II (1984), Red Baron (1990), Pilotwings (1990), FlightGear (ab 1997), IL-2 Sturmovik (2001), Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006),  Flight Control (2009), Kerbal Space Program (2014) and more.

Curated by Thibaut de Ruyter and Dr. Inke Arns (HMKV) Exhibition architecture: Thibaut de Ruyter and M. Dammann Archive.

Admission is free!

Funders and Partners

Funded by the NRW Kultursekretariat

Generously supported by:
Oldenburger Computermuseum e.V.
Aerosoft GmbH
Martin Dammann Archive

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

Media partners:
ARTE Creative

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