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‘heliumTALK - Das Kunstgespräch’ is a series of public art talks at heliumcowboy. Started as a talk show in 2016 that is hosted by Jörg Heikhaus and Jannes Vahl and broadcasted by TIDE TV on television and online, we are now taking this format into the world of audio podcasts as well.




heliumTALK TV-show at the gallery with (from left to right) Jannes Vahl, Jörg Heikhaus and Rudolf Klöckner, our guest in March 2017

Recording session at the new Alex Diamond-studio on the Ranch, where we produce the podcast. While the TV-shows will contuniue to be jointly hosted by Jannes & Jörg, for the audio-podcasts Jörg is going solo.

Recording a heliumTALK Podcast at heliumcowboy. With Darko C. Nicolic, February 2018.

"heliumTALK - Das Kunstgespräch" was launched as a new format of public art talks at the gallery heliumcowboy in Hamburg in 2016. Started as a talk show that was only broadcasted by TIDE TV on television and online, we’re now expanding heliumTALK into a more versatile platform using audio podcasts as main production format. While we will still continue to do the public TV shows a few times per year, we will now be able to publish more episodes recorded for audio only. The Podcast will be produced by heliumcowboy.

The focus is on “people with a relation to the art world” and will mostly have a local element – we talk to people who make, produce, organize, promote, curate, collect or support art that either live or work in Hamburg or come to town for a special occasion, such as an exhibition etc. The scope of heliumTALK will broaden and include both, German and English language interviews, allowing us to make this a more international format. The language will depend on the interviewed person(s).

The host of heliumTALK is Jörg Heikhaus, the founder of heliumcowboy and artist under the name of Alex Diamond. For most of the shows he teams up with Jannes Vahl from Clubkinder e.V., a charity organization from and for Hamburg. TIDE TV is a public community broadcasting channel, commercial-free and independent, and produces the heliumTALK shows.

Public TV-shows are held at the gallery in Hamburg and are recorded and published by TIDE TV. Please check our program information  or subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated.  

Und mal auf Deutsch gesagt ...

Noch sind die Podcasts ja auf Deutsch. Deshalb auch ein paar muttersprachliche Worte zum neuen Podcast-Format:

heliumTALK ist entstanden als Fernsehsendung im Jahr 2016, die heliumcowboy-Gründer Jörg Heikhaus gemeinsam mit Jannes Vahl vom Clubkinder e.V. moderiert und die von TIDE TV aufgezeichnet und gesendet werden.

Nachdem wir in den letzten beiden Jahren 8 Talkshows aufgezeichnet haben, möchten wir das Format nun ausbauen - und deshalb gibt es den heliumTALK jetzt ganz neu auch als Audio-Podcast. Wir werden natürlich auch weiterhin den heliumTALK mit Tide und den Clubkindern zusammen ins Fernsehen bringen, aber Jörg möchte einfach noch viel viel mehr tolle Leute vorstellen und ausfragen, und deshalb haben wir uns bei heliumcowboy jetzt auch ein kleines Podcast-Studio eingerichtet.

Jörg wird interessante Menschen einladen, die unmittelbar oder im erweiterten Umfeld etwas mit der Kunst zu tun haben. Er möchte herausfinden, was die Kunst heute bewegt und wie sie produziert, wahrgenommen, gelebt, erlebt, geliebt, gehasst, gekauft und verkauft wird.

Das wird meist auf deutsch, ab und zu aber auch auf englisch stattfinden, denn die Kunst ist grenzenlos, und wir haben auch schon ein paar spannende internationale Gäste auf der Liste. 

 PS: Die bereits gesendeten heliumTALKS werden wir nach und nach auch einstellen, zur Zeit produzieren wir aber schon die ersten neuen Podcasts. Bald gibts also ganz frisches Zeugs. Stay tuned!


Next live TV show:

Bettina Steinbrügge. Live at the gallery on Thursday March 8, 2018 | 19:00 (doors open 18:30)


Get the podcast:

heliumTALK Audio Podcasts

You can listen to our podcast on this page, or subscribe to it below. Currently our interviews are in german only, but first english-language podcasts will be launched in April!



Note: The heliumTALK-Podcasts are recorded and produced by heliumcowboy, mostly directly on the Ranch itself. The heliumTALK TV Show is produced by TIDE TV, and we are very happy they provide us with the audio file afterwards so we can publish those as a podcast too.

Next live TV-show: Bettina Steinbrügge. At the gallery on Thursday March 8, 2018 | 19:00 (doors open 18:30)


heliumTALK live program

 Photo @ Natascha Unkart

Photo @ Natascha Unkart

Next: Bettina Steinbrügge

Thursday March 8, 2018 | 19:00 (doors open 18:30)


We are very happy to announce our first guest for 2018: Bettina Steinbrügge, Director of the Kunstverein In Hamburg, will be talking with our hosts Jannes Vahl & Jörg Heikhaus on March 8 at the heliumcowboy artspace. Bettina Steinbrügge has been at the head of the Kunstverein since January 2014. More information about her can be found following these links:

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Bio (via, english)

Interview (via, deutsch)

Interview / Homestory (via, deutsch)


Live TV shows (with TIDE TV)

Next: Bettina Steinbrügge. Live at the gallery on thursday March 8, 2018 | 19:00 (doors open 18:30)

#07: Jens Rausch | 12.17

On Tuesday, December 5 we hosted another edition of heliumTALK. Our guest was Hamburg-based artist Jens Rausch.  Jens works with experimental techniques and materials. He uses reduction and abstraction to create his own painterly language. Often referring to the digitization of our current modern world, his works comment on our disconnection with nature.


#06: Ralf Krüger | 07.17

Ralf Krüger has been even longer in the business than Jörg - he opened his gallery 19 years ago. Together they will review almost 2 decades of gallery life in Hamburg. Needless to say that Ralf and Jörg have always shared a common goal - support the art and the artists and make great exhibitions for Hamburg and beyond. And despite being in the same shark tank, they have been close friends for almost 15 years now and have a lot of stories to tell.

#05: Rudolf Klöckner | 03.17

heliumTALK #05 brought Rudolf Klöckner, founder of the URBANSHIT blog, to the Ranch. We will talk about the state of the Urban Art, such as the global changes to this art form in recent years - the rise from the ugly kid of the subculture to everybody's darling


#04: Daniela Hinrichs | 09.16

This time Jörg and Jannes talked with Daniela Hinrichs, internationally acclaimed art collector and founder of DEAR Photography, a platform for Photography (online & offline).


#04: Daniela Hinrichs | pre

Before the show at the gallery we went to Daniela Hinrichs and visited her at her gallery DEAR photography.



#03: Elmar Lause | 04.16

For heliumTALK #03 we invited Hamburg based painter, sculptor and object maker Elmar Lause to join us to talk about his art, his roots in the Graffiti culture and the business of being an artist. Elmar was interviewed by Jörg alone - Jannes missed out on this one.

#03: Elmar Lause | pre

Studio visit at Elmar Lause - as an introduction to our follwing TV show at the gallery.


#02: Jörg Heikhaus | Q & A

Live TV shows always end with a Q&A with our auditorium. We split the video file so that you can jump right into this part if you like.


#02: Jörg Heikhaus | 01.16

How it all began - the first recorded heliumTALK at the gallery was an interview Jannes Vahl and Frida Mindt did with helimcowboy founder and artist Jörg Heikhaus aka Alex Diamond.


#01: Julia Benz | 10.15

Julia Benz was our first guest for heliumTALK - only then we did not yet collaborate with TIDE TV, so unfortunately this interview by Jannes & Frida was not recorded. It was very good though! ;)