External activity | Yane Calovski | exhibition “Passion: Fan Behavior and art” | Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin | curated by Christoph Tannert | the exhibition travels to the Kunsthaus im KunstKulturQuartier, Nuremberg, the Mùzeum Ludwig, Budapest, Hungaryand the Stadtgalerie, Kiel | 9.08.2015 – 9. 09. 2016
The exhibition “Passion: Fan Behaviour and Art” focuses on the realm of rock music. It explores fan behaviour bearing in mind that before the advent of the Internet and social media music fans communicated among each other by writing letters, exchanging pictures, designing posters, publishing magazines, taping concerts and radio broadcasts or decorating cassette covers, often interweaving rumours and fictional accounts with poems and declarations of love in an effort to keep the distance between artists and fans as small as possible.
Youth culture is known to manifest itself in a variety of ways. One of its most appealing forms of commonality is fandom: young people feeling aligned with any of the subcultures whose cohesion relies primarily on a fixation with a sports team or popular entertainment (music, film, TV, Internet, digital gaming culture, fashion, literature, comics) and is nurtured by body art, raves, moves or theatrical performances as experimental spaces. Fantum should not be equated with the interest of the “normal” public in pop culture; rather, it takes the shape of a heightened form of popular culture and seeks to differentiate itself. Incidentally, very few visual artists would unequivocally describe themselves as fans of a given band or style of pop music.