In recent years, border crossings between art, fashion and design have been tried out in many ways, with all sides experimenting in an interdisciplinary way and expanding their radius. Therefore, this project wants to address both the commonalities in the creative work process and the conceptual and visual parallels in art, fashion and design.

A.F. Vandevorst – Louise Amstrup – Alexandra Bircken – c.neeon – Matali Crasset: Bernhard Willhelm, Kris Van Assche, Bruno Pieters, Hermès kuratiert von Andreas Hoyer u. Andy Scherpereel, Heimat – Thea Djordjadze – Thea Gvetadze – Michael Hofstetter – Julia Kröpelin – Mike Meiré – Mode Depesche – Niklas Nitschke – Pelican Video – Gregor Russ – Paloma Varga Weisz

Gabriele Orsech and Bernd Ruzicska

9 November 2008 until 4 January 2009
Exhibition venue: KIT – Kunst im Tunnel

Art, fashion and design are understood here as different cultural techniques whose efforts to meet human needs are constantly concretised in the open space of theoretical concepts and experimental practices. In a productive understanding, it is assumed that they do not compete for the favour of the individual. Rather, they open up possibilities and spaces for action at the point where the individual comes into his or her own in the bubbling and flowing worlds of everyday life, and it is precisely here that he or she takes the risk of designing him or herself.

Putting these different disciplines in relation to each other through an exhibition can only make sense on the premise that they arise from a universal human need for expression and representation that binds us to the society in which we live. And in this way they condition their understanding of the world, by which they are permeated as part of this society.

A new generation of creative people often no longer draws any boundaries between disciplines. In this way, interdisciplinary work becomes the motor for innovation and individuality. At the beginning of the 21st century, the long-suffering specialism seems to be giving way to the need for generalists. This renaissance of the Renaissance calls for new “uomo universale” who no longer divide into lower or higher art genres, especially since the demand for conception and message is essential today even for commercially oriented products, while at the same time the art market increasingly demands staging.

The Vom Gehen in vielen Richtungen (Walking in Many Directions) project wants to address precisely this topic: The mutual influence, border crossing and permeability of aesthetic disciplines by those who shape the future.