Open Call to the exhibition „under construction“

“Construction time again” is the motto for the artistic program of GEH8 in Dresden in 2022. The title refers to the 1983 album of the same name by the band Depeche Mode, which brings together various songs that deal with the phenomenon of exploitation. It is about the exploitation of resources and a large part of the world’s population, the destruction of nature and the ecological balance and the search for a new balance in the form of a reconstruction of existing conditions. With our annual program, almost 40 years after the release of the album, we would like to address the even greater urgency of global change. Within the framework of various activities and exhibitions, we plan to deal artistically in particular with aspects of re- and new construction, the reconstruction of – in a broader sense – existing space and material.

From September 24 – October 31, 2022, GEH8 will organize an exhibition project entitled “under construction” in line with its annual theme. Works will be shown that focus on an essential characteristic of being an artist.

The primary focus will be on the process – the craftsmanship involved in creating art – as well as on the materials used. The artistic handling of the existing, the reuse, reworking, questioning and recreation of the given playfully imagines a sustainable and inventive future. Submission of concepts for artistic works created directly on site is encouraged.

Here you can download the Participation Form with more information:

OpenCall Participation Form


Photo: Marleen Andreev, “Mut”, 2020


Sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.