« The term « artist from Hamburg », though, is flexible: Since middle of the 1990’s many artists who finish their studies of Fine Arts and Applied Sciences at the universities in Hamburg, move away because of precarious working conditions and settle in other cities (mostly in Berlin). At the same time, young artists from all over the world follow the still excellent reputation of the universities or come to the city with an exchange programme and therefore stay temporarily as « artists from Hamburg ».
The choice of artists of the German JCE-section, by that means, has a strong relation to Hamburg but still matches in the two aspects with the conditions of the JCE Biennale as with the specific tasks of the hosting institute in Germany, the Kunsthaus Hamburg.
For many years now, Kunsthaus is an origin of international exhibitions and alternative projects which mostly are being realised in cooperation with Hamburg’s twin cities (Osaka, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Marseille, etc.) and others (Bratislava, Budapest, Havanna, Jerusalem). At the same moment, Kunsthaus is showroom of numerous projects of different initiators that are dedicated to the support of young artist generations, as for example for the « Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für Bildende Kunst », the « HISCOX Kunstpreis », the « Preis für Fotografie der Patriotischen Gesellschaft », the young art market « INDEX » and the format of « Jugend Kulturell » of the HypoVereinsbank.
The chosen artists are concerned with their works in different media, based on the conditions of the creation and production of art in networking, reflection on media, aesthetic revision of the tradition of signs, autonomous gestures and structures of organisation in public space. »_