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MS IM-PORT//EX-PORT: All summer long, a 100 year old passenger ship served as a platform for free exchange of arts and sciences on the Fulda in Kassel. The guiding theme was the concept of exchange of life in a state of flow. This book documents the artistic and scientific work of the participants and shows: A swimming laboratory for arts, science, and technology, the MS IM-PORT//EX-PORT embodied the promise of an inspiring journey beyond geographical, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries.

Heike Klussmann, Nicolai Kudielka, Lessano Negussie, Andre May (Ed.) MS IM-PORT// EX-PORT – Ein Schiff für Kunst und Wissenschaft in Kassel – Eine Dokumentation, tr­an­script Ver­lag, Januar 2015, ISBN 978-3-8376-2934-7
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A Floating Platform for Art and Science
From April to October 2012, a decommissioned ship will be transformed into the MS IM-PORT//EX-PORT, a transdisciplinary platform for art, architecture, design & science on the river Fulda.
The IM-PORT//EX-PORT initiative, represented by Andre May, Lessano Negussie and Nicolai Kudielka, will make the main, upper and sun decks available for exhibitions, lectures, workshops and collaborative work. The goal of this transdisciplinary project, directed by Prof. Heike Klussmann, is to bring artists, scientists, students and teachers together in a
singular location. The guiding theme is the concept of exchange—of life in a state of flow. In a process of investigation and imagination, various fields will be made accessible through dialogue with other disciplines. The project relies on the self-directed participation of representatives of the arts and the sciences. The main concern of IM-PORT//EX-PORT is to generate and harness mutual inspiration from art, science and technology—their inherent similarities, parallel developments and differences—and to explore work processes and procedures. The ship, which was retired after 40 years of passenger vessel service, offers a unique set of amenities at a riverside site in the center of Kassel.
The event and exhibition space is approved for up to 150 persons. During dOCUMENTA (13), it will provide a unique interface between the university, its art school, the city of Kassel and the international public.
IM-PORT//EX-PORT is a featured site of the city’s official Kassel Kultur 2012 program in conjunction with documenta. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the IM-PORT//EX-PORT!