Access Points: Reclaim the Habour 2017

As part of the Theater der Welt Festival 2017 geheimagentur and the German Center Of The International Theatre Institute present their program ACCESS POINTS with performance, symposium and workshops:

PORTS (25 and 26 May) is a performance at MS Stubnitz, in which geheimagentur as Hamburg Port Hydrarchy examines alternative practises of port use: sea trade organized by refugee seekers between Hamburg and Lagos/Nigeria, civil resistance against the cruise industry in Venice, or yearly regattas of the radical seafarers in New York, and more. PORTS is partly presented in English. Tickets available via the box offices of Theater der Welt

RIGHTS TO SEA 27 and 28. May is an international symposium at the MS Stubnitz discussing the question what hydrarchy might mean today and how to reclaim the notion of the free port. With Marcus Rediker, Keller Easterling, Constance Hockaday, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Anarche Berlin and Marco Baravalle. The Symposium will take place in English. Free entry. Registration needed.

6 WORKSHOPS 29 May to 1 June. Registration needed: 25 €, reduced 10 €

  • Accesspoint I: Theory and Practice of Offshore Art: On all seven seas artists and activists currently take to the water. A worldwide trend, that is called OFFSHORE ART among the scene in Brooklyn, New York. OFFSHORE ART is a mix of land art, experimental film, performance art, ‚Right-to-the-City’ activism and radical ecological thinking. In this workshop images and stories of swimming gardens, boatels, floating cinemas and many other floating things serve as an inspiration to create our own works with and on the water.
  • Accesspoint II: Afrika Terminal to African Terminal? (in English)
    The Afrika Terminal is the last remaining structure that reminds us of the history of Baakenhafen. It has been the main port for shipping from and to Africa in the time of German colonialism. In this workshop we would like to explore the possibility of turning the Afrika Terminal into an African Terminal of a new nature. The workshop is going to ask: Could an African Terminal become a centre for small scale trade between Europe and Africa that is giving new perspectives to African citizens and migrants in Hamburg, but also help communities in Africa to benefit from the transnational networks which are created through migration? Could an African Terminal of this nature become a place for all citizens of Hamburg? How can cultural production help with these objectives? How can art and trade work together on this?
  • Accesspoint III: A Pier for Baakenhafen
    In order to establish Baakenhafen as a central “Free Port of the Many”, a pier is missing. geheimagentur, HCU and Theater of the World 2017 will jointly proceed: How can we overcome the border between solid and liquid? Standing on the quay wall, and looking into the water, passage seems unproblematic. Considering parameters like tides, visitors traffic, safety and statics, the barrier seems insurmountable. The workshop will develop and test models for affordable access points from solid to liquid.
  • Accesspoint IV: Regional Cruises with the Cultural Raft Schaluppe
    After the raft Hydra has sailed from the alternative cruise ship terminal in the port of Hamburg all the way to Kampnagel in summer 15, people from Hamburg Wilhelmsburg joined forces and worked hard to build a much bigger one, a more sustainable raft, that is now ready to host all kinds of activities: the Schaluppe. In this workshop the team of Schaluppe invites participants to develop and devise a performative cruise: Experiments in mobility, cruising on public waters, finding places which the visitor of Hamburg port doesn’t normally get to see.
  • Accesspoint V: Archipel
    The Archipel is a floating installation comprised out of four steel pontoons – A modular island that can be put together in different constellations. The crew of Das Archipel invites to build a Hot-Tub together. Being afloat in the Hot-Tub, we want to think about the changes of the Hamburg harbour. »Rien faire comme une bête, lying on water and looking peacefully at the sky, “being, nothing else, without any further definition and fulfillment,” might take the place of process, act, satisfaction. « Theodor W. Adorno.
  • Accesspoint VI: Anarchiv
    Interventions on the Sea – an Archive Collects and reports on artistic and activist history on Hamburg’s port site in order to provide a tool for today’s interventions. (reserved for students of the Harbour City University)

 Workshop presentations and public tryouts: LEAPs into LIQUIDs on 2 and 3 June. More information.


Ports. Vom Recht auf Meer.

In allen Hafenstädten der westlichen Welt wird der Zugang zur See zunehmend monopolisiert und dem Zugriff der Bewohner*innen entzogen. Als „Hamburg Port Hydrarchy“ (HPH) ist die geheimagentur deshalb in alle vier Winde aufgebrochen, um Inspiration für eine Hafenentwicklung jenseits von globalem Containerhandel und Kreuzfahrtromantik zu finden. Auf der MS Stubnitz erstattet die HPH nun Bericht: Vom informellen Seehandel zwischen Hamburg und Lagos Nigeria, vom zivilgesellschaftlichen Widerstand gegen die Kreuzfahrtindustrie in Venedig, vom Hafen für Radical Seafaring und von den chinesischen Geistern des Meeres. Und dann setzen wir Kurs und gehen auf die Reise in einen anderen Hafen gleich hier, mitten in Hamburg.

Mi 09.11 20 Uhr MS STUBNITZ
Do 10.11 20 Uhr MS STUBNITZ
Fr 11.11 20 Uhr Im Anschluss an die Performance
Trinken und Tanzen mit Minibar-Absturz

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What’s moving in Lagos?

Hamburg Port Hydrarchy has followed and documented the entanglements of things, people and oceans between Hamburg and the port of Lagos. During our stay in Lagos research has been rich: We encountered Lagos Hydrachy, people, with whom we envisioned how to support new paralogistical chains of movement and being moved.

Looking at the world together everything seemed to turn into an opportunity for a connection, into the Zone of EFRITIN. We learned how to survive on Tin Can Island and about the vernacular beauty of Makoko community. We visited Fala Kutis Shrine and were told that, the secret of life is to have no fear (which is also true for Lagos traffic btw). We will give a full report along with a detailed proposal to intensify co-movement with Lagos Hydrarchy at the HPH assembly, Novemver 9-11, MS Stubnitz, Hamburg Port.

Many thanks to our inspiring guides and partners from Valuehandlers Int. Ltd.!


Hydrarchy Team on its way to Lagos Nigeria

To explore the small scale trade of used household goods between Hamburg Port and Lagos a team of Hamburg Port Hydrarchy  has left Hamburg for Nigeria today.

In Lagos we are going to meet Adetayo George Adewoye, trade agent and owner of the company VHI Cargo ( He will be our guide to explore paralogistical connections between Lagos and Hamburg. With him we are going to visit Lagos’ harbour and markets.

Later this week we are going to meet, Aderemi Adegbite, Artistic Director of the Vernacular Art Laboratory, who is going to show us Makoko: Makoko