Omer Fast (born 1972) is among the most distinctive film and video artists of the younger generation. The works by the Jerusalem-born and, since 2001, Berlin-based artist have attracted attention in recent years in exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, the Museum of Art in Indianapolis, and the MUMOK in Vienna, where, among other works, he presented The Casting (2007) for the first time: a multi-channel video that was awarded one of the most prestigious international art prizes in April 2008 in conjunction with the Whitney Biennale at the Whitney Museum of American Art.more

As the only survey exhibition dealing with contemporary art in Lower Saxony and Bremen, the Fall Exhibition occupies a significant place in the state’s cultural and educational profile. A total of 36 artistic positions selected from over 390 entries will be presented from June 28 to August 17 at the Kunstverein Hannover, the Nord/LB art gallery and the Kunsthalle Faust.more

The Kunstverein Hannover understands itself as a point of intersection in the transmission of regional, national, and international contemporary art. With the PLATTFORM series conceived as an annual event, the Kunstverein Hannover wants to heighten awareness in the regional art scene on the one hand and to direct the public's attention to the extremely important relationship between artistic training, art teaching and art education on the other. Against this background, PLATTFORM was previously organised as a cooperative project with two art academies, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig and the Fachhochschule in Hannover and was continued in the last years together with the HFBK Hamburg and the Art Academy Malmø in Sweden.more

The artist Adrian Paci (born 1969) from Shkodra in north-western Albania achieved wide recognition through a video that is basically comprised of a single shot: The artist arranged 18 day labourers from his hometown Shkodra into a group picture on the steps of a stadium. They all sit next to a generator that supplies current to light bulb. Their “task” is solely to turn on the generator and then to hold the shining light bulb. The day goes by, and the radiance increases as if nothing had happened. Their faces show only their apathetic dedication to this Sisyphean-like negation of work. The video that veers between Beckett’s absurdist theatre and a sociological study captivates by means of its interleaving of collective, social, and aesthetical poetic dimensions. more

With the Australian artist Leigh Bowery (1961–1994), the Kunstverein Hannover devotes itself to one of the most colourful border crossers of the London club, fashion, and art scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Bowery, who moved from Australia to London in 1980, made his (homo)sexuality a means of aesthetic expression, and he consciously used his own body in his excessive abundance as an artistic media. more

The Cultural Circle of the German Economy in the Federal Association of German Industry awards the “ars viva” art prize in conjunction with an exhibition series since 1953 that has established itself as one of the most important art prizes in the Federal Republic of Germany. Accordingly, the list of previous prize winners ranging from Gerhard Merz, Rosemarie Trockel, and Olaf Metzel to Albert Oehlen, Amelie von Wulffen, and Wolfgang Tillmans reads like a who’s who of the contemporary art scene. The series thanks its special quality to thematic emphases that each engages in topical and aesthetic discussions, for example questions dealing with “time” or “identity.” By deciding on the subject matter of “sound,” the Cultural Circle responds its growing importance in contemporary art.more