Tagging Places

Kohler, Martin. 2006. „Tagging places: Transformation process – autonome use – site-specific art“. S. 71–75 in HAFENSAFARI4. Hamburg.


In the past few years, artistic projects in the abandoned and unused areas of Hamburg’s harbor – which is slowly being filled with new, urban uses – have positioned themselves as a way to make art part of daily life for Hamburg’s citizens.

In this context, off-scene projects have a tendency to end up in a no-man’sland between the media and economy with their interests in instrumentalisation on one hand, and their own artistic and political autonomy on the other. Some of these projects develop similar reactions on a strategic level, which have interesting relationships to today’s urban development projects…