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Kunst-Raum-Schiff MS Stubnitz
Originally part of the GDR deep-sea fishing fleet, the ‘Stubnitz' was due to be scrapped, but instead, in 1991–92 in the port of Rostock in eastern Germany, it was converted by a group of Austrian, Swiss and German artists into a centre for the production and display of art. This floating media workshop and exhibition venue had satellite dishes for receiving TV and the Internet, spaces for Performances, a conference room (the former officers' mess) and cabins for travelling artists. The ‘stubnitz kunst.raum.schiff' project first set sail in the summer of 1994: on its ‘baltic.tour '94' the ‘Stubnitz' docked in St Petersburg (July), Malmö (August) and Hamburg (September), each time offering a full programme of conferences, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and concerts. Attempts to acquire further financial support having failed, the ‘Stubnitz' returned to Rostock at the end of September 1994 and the end of ‘stubnitz kunst.raum.schiff' was announced. The project had been guided by a vision of cultural exchanges in Europe that would ignore international borders, using the freedom of the open sea as a metaphor.