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Shedhalle’s profile can be compared to an art association, although it simultaneously maintains the dynamic openness of an art laboratory. Since the changes in 1994, Shedhalle has defined itself as a place for the trial and production of new forms of contemporary artistic and cultural practice. Theorists, artists, architects, students, activists and curators have developed projects in continuously changing constellations. They elaborated topics and searched for new curatorial formats.

The main objective is not so much the presentation of individual artistic positions, but rather the integration of very different types of work into a constellation which provides and organises new forms of perception opportunities in relation to the present. The artistic transformation of topics within the institutional Shedhalle framework has continued to be a challenge. An exhibition space inherently carries an "obligation to exhibit". The process of production and exhibition is not easy to interrupt. We adapt this obligation by using it as a means to meet the ends. It is the motivating force behind the never-ending search for experimental forms of "representation".

Transparency and democratisation of the art system will remain an objective. Nowadays – in contrast to the early nineties – inter-disciplinary as well as process and topic orientated work can really no longer be interpreted as political acts as such.

The concepts of all Shedhalle projects have an explicit feminist perspective. The starting point for most projects is the processing of questions and topics with socio-political relevance, the conscious expansion of artistic practices to the interdisciplinary field of feminist theory, cultural studies, as well as aesthetic and political practice. We continuously examine our own projects and the developments they are bringing about.

The programmatic openness of Shedhalle is not so much obligated to the idea of expanding the notion of art, but very much to the idea of using the authority of an art space to interfere with politics and society. The potential of reflection will always be in close conjunction with concrete artistic and societal practices, which should be established as an object, reaching beyond the opinion formation of the artistic field.

This experimental way of tackling issues will continue to be the basis of co-operation and development of new projects. Thus, Shedhalle opens up a space for thought, for questioning and for developing new ways.