Verdichtung durch Abriss – wie wollen wir in Zukunft leben?

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Verdichtung durch Abriss – Wie wollen wir in Zukunft leben?

ein Projekt von Anne Berlit

mit den Künstlerinnen und Künstlern:

Anne Berlit, Marita Bullmann, Brigitte Dümling, Dirk Hupe, Benjamin Gages, Ubbo Kügler, Thomas Reul, Dirk Schlichting, Peter Stohrer

Eröffnung: 3. Oktober 2017, 17.00 Uhr

Ort: Weberplatz 1, 45127 Essen

Öffnungszeiten: Do. Sa. So. 17.00- 19.00 Uhr

Ausstellungsende: 15. Oktober

Einführung: Dr. Gregor Jansen, Direktor Kunsthalle Düsseldorf


Aspects of urbanity in the Ruhr area cities are given special consideration, perception and artistic transformation. Ten urban villas in a desirable location, situated on large, park-like plots, having been approved for demolition as part of an urban densification scheme, form the starting point of an art process. In recent years, there has been an increase in the demolition of prestigious historical buildings, located on often sprawling, park-like plots, especially in the privileged residential districts of the Ruhr area, with the subsequent construction of housing which exploits every inch of the available space. Anne Berlit has followed this process photographically, particularly in the south of Essen, prompting numerous questions: “How do we want to live in the future? Does this new kind of construction avoid segregation? How does this new architecture, often supposedly sympathetic to the Bauhaus principles, engage in a dialogue with its surroundings? How can traces of the old buildings be remembered? How is it possible, through an artist’s creative visualisation and transformation, to initiate a critical discussion about this topic with the inhabitants of the city?” A single work of art can not offer satisfactory answers to all these questions. However, the aim is to trigger creative thought processes, through spatial installations, drawings, photographs and objects, stimulating a critical discourse. In collaboration with artists Brigitte Dümling, Benjamin Gages, Dirk Hupe, Ubbo Kügler, Thomas Reul, Dirk Schlichting and Peter Stohrer special consideration is given, within the framework of an installation, to one of the buildings threatened by demolition.

Translation: Monika Frost Pepper