A video project organized by Lise Nellman and Heman Chong for the Berlin artists-run space Sparwasser HQ.
Fifty artist-run spaces and artist’s networks were invited by Sparwasser HQ, an artist-run space in Berlin, to submit what they considered the best video art work they have encountered. Old Habits Die Hard locates and maps fifty international artist’s collectives and networks operating today, with fifty video works by international artists. As part of the project, Sparwasser also created an online catalog that includes notes on the videos, information on the artists, and a database with links to the participating artist-run spaces and networks. In doing this collection-based project, Old Habits Die Hard presents cultural territories formed by expanded artistic practices, territories that surface as alternatives to mainstream exhibition and distribution channels.
Old Habits Die Hard is organized in nine video programs that each feature between three to ten videos and run for approximately one hour. The video programs will be screened at Art in General during a two-week period. The videos and catalog materials of Old Habits Die Hard will later be available at the Goethe Institute’s Library, where visitors can consult the video programs individually.
The participants and artists of Old Habits Die Hard are: 16 Beaver Avi Mograbi – bordercartograph Art Orienté objet – Enjoy Amy Howden-Chapman & James Findlater – Blue Oyster Teresa Andrew – Cuckoo Tessa Laird – AIT Arts Initiative Tokyo Meiro Koizumi – CAPRI Vassiliea Stylianidou – FAMEFAME Daniel Borins – floating ip Tim Etchells & Hugo Glendinning – AV-ARKKI Hanna Hasslahti – Cubitt Klaus Weber – Fournos Nikos Giavropoulos – G.U.N, Galleri Uten Navn Henriette Pedersen – Mercer Union Kika Thorne – Galleri Hlemmur Markmid – Instant Coffee Kevin Schmidt – Message Salon Selina Trepp – Generator Rebecca Milling – Glowlab Lee Walton – Kings Robin Hely – Norwich Gallery Francis Lamb – le forum itnérant Georges Cazenove – O2 Finnur Arnar – offspace Gernot Wieland – P74 Saso Vrabic – PAS Jesper Alvaer – Planet 22 Horten – Platform Marcus Lerviks – RAIN Rachel Mayeri – Program Angels / lothringer13 Monochrom – >projektgruppe< Ivan Iegoroff /Alexander Podoprigorov – Raid Projects Tim Braden – Signal Natalie Djurberg – rum46 Morten Larsen s-m-p Tere Recarens – S1 Artspace TC McCormack – Sparwasser HQ Deborah Ligorio – Sauna Cecilia Lundqvist – The Danger Museum Ann Elise Pettersen and Anne Berit Nedland – The Deste Foundation Morgan Showalter – Switchspace Craig Mulholland – The Western Front Nicole + Ryan – Transmission Duncan Campbell – The Dirt Palace Xander Marro – United Net-Works Ola Pehrson – West Space Dominic Redfern – SWOLLEN PLATFORM Kristen Smith Unwetter Ingrid Molnar VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo Masayuki Kawai – Videotage Ellen Pau
Old Habits Die Hard was initially presented in Sparwasser HQ in the fall of 2003, and then began touring to various locations: Norwich Gallery, Norwich (January-February 2004); Kunstnernes hus Olso, Norway (February-March 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, as part of the exhibition Berlin North (January-April 2004); and Platform in Istanbul (March-April 2004).