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Café Baltic Bar
c/o Annette Hans
Bauwiesenstr. 17
D - 21107 Hamburg


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Design, Code: Marc Wright Kommunikationsdesign, Hamburg 2011

First of all „Café Baltic Bar“ was a showcase in the S-Bahnhof Altona (Hamburg, Germany) which was used as exhibition space. But in the end this name is a label, a fictitious place and a place for yearning. 2013/14 Café Baltic Bar moved to M.1 in Hohenlockstedt. Here amongst other things an international village magazine evolved that since 2015 consists of public editorial meetings, a printed magazine and live-contributions, adding other stories to the history of the place.
Since 2018 Café Baltic Bar is co-initiator and part of the project How To: The Flow of Spirit which since has been realizing dialogical workshop situations in Hamburg, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Lyon. The aim is to learn or adopt other perspectives and modes of action of a practical kind in dialogical exchange processes in order to expand and reflect on social frames of action and to transfer them into alternative and collective social relations.

On platform 1 /2 in the S-Bahnhof Altona, which is frequented by high-numbers of people, there was a all-side paned showcase, actually conceived as a highly visible marketing tool rented out by the major German company Ströer imparting easy to grasp contents to people. But, putting this aside for now, this showcase had a lot of similarity to museum showcases – although maybe less in the realm of so called fine arts then ethnology and natural history -, which is striking in the first place. This showcase is a specifically beautiful example, which meets my fascination for these displays and those strange half-public spaces each city develops everywhere. People that don’t have a ticket for public transport, for example, need to get an ominous platform ticket. And, no matter what is put in there: It is not protected against anything but rather imprisoned. And I actually consider this a good situation to confront art with.

For this showcase “Café Baltic Bar” invited 5 artists to each present a solo exhibition – and to expose her- or himself to the commercials, the trains that approach and depart and obviously to the people. Whereas in a museum, a Kunstverein or a gallery people are usually exposed to the art, with this showcase it is exactly the other way around. Something else I find interesting in this context is the fact that most people will be there Monday to Friday everyday and will probably wait approx. 5 minutes for their train. And this can be a pretty long time for viewing, when adding up the minutes. And, in comparison to average viewing duration, even 5 minutes could be pretty long.

Projects are and have been funded by

Perspektive - Fonds für zeitgenössische Kunst und Architektur

ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

Behörde für Kultur und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg


Fonds Soziokultur

Volksbank Raiffeisenbank Itzehoe

FIS Jugendhilfe

Kreis Steinburg

Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung

Ministerium für Justiz Kultur und Europa des Landes Schleswig-Holstein