The first time I went to the opening of an art show, I was a little daunted. We had just moved to a new town, I didn’t know anyone and my inner engineer wasn’t sure what to expect. My anticipation was filled with all sorts of strange stereotypes. Are cravats going to be mandatory? Will there be a bongo drumming circle? What if the art crowd finds out that I’m a classically trained software engineer and need a computer to draw?

The whole thing was way more relaxed than the fantasies brewed by imagination. It was just like other social events – a group of people coming together to meet and share common interests.

The opening for Tom Sachs’ Space Program 4 is on September 18th at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. It’ll be the perfect chance for the European community to meet and geek out over Tom’s sculpture, rockets, shoes and NFTs. And if this is your first time at an art opening, you have to fight… Wait. No, that’s Fight Club. This is Space Program: Rare Earths, and if you’re travelling on your own or feeling a little daunted, drop a note in the comments. We’ll break the ice, and you can get to know a few others who are also making the pilgrimage.

A photo of an empty stadium at the park avenue armory after Tom Sachs' Space Program.

Photo: Karl Hab

Originally written for the Sachsian Syndicate.

Previously: TGIM 29 - A military facility and social club? That’s two old-world concepts, reinterpreted with a new American twist. I can’t shake this mental image of high society types sitting at round tables and applauding, while World War II era soldiers joust on motorbikes.