inter-cool 3.0 - Youth Image Media

17. September 2010 - 28. November 2010 Dortmunder U, Level 3

Grime, Cosplay and Bling Bling: inter-cool 3.0, a large interactive exhibition at Dortmunder U, presents global and local image and media worlds by more than 70 renowned media artists and adolescents.

Bodies, identities and subcultures have long since been an integral part of the discourse on youth cultures. These and other topics are at the core of the art exhibition inter-cool 3.0 organized from 17 September to 28 November 2010 at the Dortmunder U by the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund. Conceived by Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard in the framework of TWINS:RUHR 2010, inter-cool 3.0 is an exhibition for and with rather than about teenagers. Through photographs, videos, street art, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, everyday objects (T-shirts, record covers and footwear), performances, design, fashion, music, social networks and fan art, adolescents and young emerging artists provide glimpses into their everyday life. By doing so, they address issues which are relevant not only to them, such as virtual and material communities, street life, education, self-styling, styles, friendship, love, self-finding, politics, body issues and communication. The participants express themselves in their respective media and imagery, whether goths, scouts, ravers, normalos, gangsta rappers, punks, cosplayers, members of the London grime scene, breakers, emos, hooligans, glamour kids, teenage beach vacationers and many more. The portraits of youth shown in this exhibition are the work of teenagers from France, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the USA, Australia, Singapore and China. Alongside works by established artists the exhibition comprises contributions submitted by teenagers in the framework of a special competition. An international project, inter-cool 3.0 is curated by Prof. Birgit Richard from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and Dr. Inke Arns, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund. The exhibition focuses on contemporary strategies on identities and on the debate on reality and fake worlds while analyzing how teenagers address other subcultures. The exhibition furthermore asks how teenagers use public spaces and how they view their body and approach the notion of nationality. Photographs, objects, clips and interactive installations document the codes, communities, club and music culture of teenagers, providing visitors with a first-hand experience of their individual or collective life environments and identities. For this purpose a special exhibition architecture was developed, which alludes to teenagers’ rooms.

The exhibition inter-cool 3.0 opens at 6 pm on 17 September with a set by the Beatplantation-DJ Désirée and DJ Dash at Dortmunder U. The project’s interactive Internet platform allows viewers to see and comment the artworks. inter-cool 3.0 cooperates a.o. with the SEE YOU Jugend.Kultur.Preis.Festival NRW and RUHR.2010, which take place at the same time around the Dortmunder U. inter-cool 3.0 is sponsored by TWINS:RUHR.2010, the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund and the Hans Böckler Foundation. After its display at Dortmunder U, the exhibition will travel to Great Britain, Austria and Finland. inter-cool 3.0 – an interactive, intensive and cool exhibition that takes a fresh look at the world of teenagers.

More information on the exhibition can be obtained from

Exhibition of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund and Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund at the Dortmunder U – Center for Art and Creativity

September 17 – November 28, 2010

Concept, Idea and Project Lead:
Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard (DE)

Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard (DE), Dr. Inke Arns (DE)

Friday, September 17, 2010, 18:00, free admission
Due to a limited capacity of 200 visitors per floor you might have to wait a little ... but not too long! Come and join us ...

Friday, September 17, 2010 - Sunday, November 28, 2010

HMKV im Dortmunder U – Center for Art and Creativity, 3rd floor, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund

Opening hours:
Tue + Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu + Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat + Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays
On Monday, Nov 1, the Dortmunder U will remain closed.

5 Euro / 3 Euro (concessions)
Keeping the entrance 'ticket' at the wrist allows you to come back to see the exhibition whenever you want, for an unlimited number of times.

Guided exhibition tours:
Each Sunday at 16:00 (in German)
Tours with the curator Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard: Friday, October 8, October 15, November 12 (for school kids) at 17:00 (in German)

Special events:
-- Friday, November 19, 2010: inter-cool 3.0 slam = multimedia reading with the authors of inter-cool 3.0 jugend bild medien, published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag, München 2010
-- Saturday, November 27, 2010: Prize ceremony for the competition

Funders and Partners

Funded by:
Kulturbüro der Stadt Dortmund
Hans Böckler Stiftung

Cooperations (regional):
SEE YOU Jugend.Kultur.Preis.Festival NRW und RUHR.2010 der Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Kulturpädagogische Dienste/ Jugendkunstschulen NRW e.V. vom 16. bis 19. September rund um das Dortmunder U – Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität,
Universität Dortmund
Fachhochschule Dortmund
Universität Duisburg-Essen

Cooperations (international) and further exhibition venues:
k-haus am Karlsplatz (Mag. Peter Bogner) in Vienna, Austria
Museum für Arbeit Werstas (Kalle Kallio, Museum für Arbeit, und Pekka Niskanen, University of Tampere) in Tampere, Finland
A cooperation with TWINS:RUHR.2010 partner city Leeds, Great Britain, has been confirmed.

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