Exhibition “Hacking Identity – Dancing Diversity at the Möllerei” at the Möllerei
For the exhibition Hacking Identity – Dancing Diversity, an intriguing selection of artworks enters the newly refurbished Möllerei for the first time as Esch2022 – the year-long European Capital of Culture programme – gets underway. Twenty-eight contemporary artworks by internationally acclaimed media artists have been installed in dialogue with the historic industrial building in Esch-Belval. On three floors, visitors can encounter doppelgängers, avatars, iconic figures from the world of gaming, or bizarre sci-fi creatures, through video installations, large-scale screen projections, participatory artworks, and sculptural objects. The overarching theme is the visualisation of phenomena related to the dissolution, transformation, and duplication of identity in the 21st century.
»Hacking« as an artistic practice and active gesture is a red thread throughout the exhibition. Originally derived from information technology, this term now has a positive connotation in popular digital culture and refers to creative methods of overcoming usage restrictions. »Diversity« is a watchword in current social debates about representation, participation, and the recognition of minorities. Starting out from the humanitarian premise that diversity is the essential catalyst for active cultural development, Dancing Diversity opens up a space of poetic imagination.
With this exhibition, in which a responsibility for democratic openness and a motivation to intervene for change are conveyed through media art, the Möllerei presents itself as a space for new ideas about European community and successful interculturalism.
Collaboration ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Curators: Anett Holzheid & Peter Weibel
Exhibition “REMIXING INDUSTRIAL PASTS – Constructing the Identity of the Minett
While the Möllerei hosts contemporary media arts in relation to more general issues of identity and diversity, the Massenoire, situated just opposite the Centre for Amplified Music, Rockhal, investigates the identity and the evolution of the region. Starting from a research project by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), supported by Esch2022, the Italian experience design studio Tokonoma thought about ways to implement an exhibition that is simultaneously historical and artistic.
The result is a show that unfolds across two levels. The upper part of the lofty industrial hall accommodates an 8-channel video installation mainly based on material from the National Audiovisual Centre (CNA). The visitors are thus immersed in family films, TV reports, feature films, documentaries, in short everything you can think of in terms of moving images. The final installation is an edit of almost 100 years of industrial history!
The subjects that are unravelling visually on the screens are then discussed at floor level in five separate installations with an airy, ephemeral appearance, representing five different settings. Each of these installations is in turn dedicated to a historical theme: the transformation of the landscape, the visual identity of the Minett, everyday life in the region, the beautiful and the ugly sides of the Minett, the soot, and the grit, and finally the role of the borders in the process of the creation of identity.
Tokonoma is a collective where the experiences of different professionals converge. Core and founders of the group are Chiara Ligi and Mauro Macella, two artists and multimedia designers who have different backgrounds and skills but share a long experience in Studio Azzurro, a collective of video artists pioneers in the field of multimedia and interactivity.
Exhibitions from 27 February to 15 May 2022
Opening on 27 February from 1 to 6 pm
Open every day except Tuesday from 11am to 6pm until the end of March.
Thereafter from 11am to 7pm every day except Tuesday.
Visitor Centre/Halle des Poches à Fonte
3 avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette
Free for all from 27 February to 6 March 2022
7€ from 7 March 2022
5€ reduced rate (21 – 26 years old / + 60 years old / ICOM card holder)
12€ combined normal admission for the two exhibitions Hacking Identity – Dancing Diversity and Remixing Industrial Pasts.
8€ combined reduced admission for both exhibitions Hacking Identity – Dancing Diversity and Remixing Industrial Pasts.
Free admission (under 21 / students under 26 / tour guides / press card / Kulturpass holders)
Tickets are available online at esch2022.lu or at the Visitor Centre
3 avenue des Hauts Fourneaux, L-4362, Esch-Belval
The exhibition is complemented by guided tours and workshops.
Registration on the website esch2022.lu / email@example.com