The nets of Altona


Die Netze Altonas – The nets of Altona (draft  version)

‘The Nets of Altona’ explores intersections between the history of the city of Altona and the contemporary forms and identities of the port city of Hamburg, of which it is now a district. Altona developed on the outskirt of Hamburg, and blossomed under Danish rule in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It benefited from favourable taxation laws from the Danish crown, while displaying uncommon liberty of religious belief. Situated in an interstice between the fortified Hamburg and Ottensen, ‘All to nah’ offers a privileged platform to investigate the present mutations of a large European harbour, connecting northern Germany and Europe with global fluxes of merchandise and people. The artistic project takes at his starting point the fishing traditions of Altona, the textures of industrial activity which accompanied the shift to industrial production in the nineteenth century, and the particular socio-natures on the side of the river Elbe, where picturesque vistas and housing has developed throughout the centuries.

The project is a collaboration between Cora Piantoni (, Amélie Brisson-d’Arveau (, Johanna Bruckner (, and Gabriel Gee (TETI)