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From 3 to13 June 2021, Kampnagel Hamburg

CLAIMING COMMON SPACES is an annual event series launched by the Alliance of International Production Houses (BIPH) in the summer of 2018. The first two festivals were held at Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer (2018) and at Düsseldorf’s FFT and tanzhaus NRW (2019) respectively. On 3 June 2021 Kampnagel in Hamburg will host the third instalment of the event, this time under the title WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREZONE.

More information about the festival here.

In advance of the festival, the 7 members of the alliance are issuing an open call for participation:


For the purpose of creating an archive of images we’re calling “Corona Iconics”, we’re putting a call out for private photos that provide evidence of the many exceptional situations that arose in the realm of public life during the over one-year-long pandemic. How was public space overwritten? What objects and spaces did people use in new and different ways? What disappeared? What was displaced?

As soon as the first Covid-19 lockdown hit, the sites and settings in which we had carried out our public lives and leisure activities until that moment were suddenly and unexpectedly no longer accessible. Bars, clubs, restaurants, theatres, fitness studios, swimming pools, playgrounds and cafés had to close, and some of them remain shuttered to this day. Despite this altered situation, however, our need for social interaction beyond our own four walls did not diminish, and we were forced to seek out new spaces and settings for our lives. Bike stands and barrier fences were repurposed into work-out stations; parks and park benches became the site of private parties; bars started offering “outdoor sales” and people took to “cornering”, i.e. drinking together on street corners; balconies became stages for concerts performed by now-out-of-work musicians; and urban walls and shop windows became exhibition areas. In other words, public spaces took on entirely new roles, becoming creatively appropriated and reused in many original and different ways. In contrast, the pandemic also launched an unprecedented expansion of state regulation and control. We need only think of the forcible removal of the Lampedusa tent in front of Hamburg’s Central Train Station, which up until that point had functioned as an important meeting place for the activist community and also a cautionary symbol of a failed migration policy.

We plan to publish our anthology of photographs by fall 2021, and we’re looking for eye-catching private snapshots that document these and other exceptional situations associated with the pandemic, with a focus on public-space appropriations and displacements.

If you’re interested in participating in our image archive, we ask that you send us your pictures in colour and high resolution, anonymously or alongside copyright information. We ask that you also include a short description of what can be seen in the photo and where and when it was taken.

Please send your pictures and image information by 13 June 2021 under the keyword “Corona Iconics” to

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If we receive too many pictures, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to publish them all. Please also note that even if we publish your picture, we will unfortunately not be able to remunerate you for your submission with any kind of fee.

By sending us your picture(s), you confirm that you are the creator and copyright holder of the image and that you grant the Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik GmbH and the Alliance of International Production Houses (Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V.), in their function as organisers of the festival Claiming Common Spaces III, all rights to the unrestricted use and distribution of the images in terms of space, time, subject matter and content, alongside all relevant copyright information, as part of the organisations’ media communication (both print and online) in connection with the festival, as well as the right to transfer these rights to third parties in connection with publications related to the festival. Likewise, you also confirm that all persons recognisably depicted in the pictures have agreed to the abovementioned use.

We will make every effort to process your submissions as quickly as possible and we thank you in advance for your patience!

A project of the Alliance of International Production Houses (Bündniss internationaler Produktionshäuser, BIPH): FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf).