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Installation/New Works

There haven’t been any goods in these shops and their windows for a long time. Nothing is sold here, at most shortages are administered. But that’s all over now. The Ruhrtriennale turns empty shop-fronts into new art spaces. Orphaned local shop units turn into galleries for a limited period. Spread across Bochum, Dinslaken and Duisburg, young artists from renowned art schools present installations and other works specially created for these empty shop windows. Every work an exhibition piece (Ausstellungsstück). Not for sale, priceless, but on view every day. A new generation of emerging artists is there to be seen.

Lageplan Ausstellungsstück Bochum © Ruhrtriennale

Sebastian Freytag: “game over”

Viktoriastraße / Bongardstraße 2, 44787 Bochum

This artwork explores the ambivalent situation of architecture in city centres. The many vacant storefronts generate interruptions in the way passersby perceive the urban space around them. This artwork seeks to underscore this moment and interrupt the rhythm of public communication. The glazed front of the empty shop is covered in typographic signs. This makes the glass surface opaque, and the shop only glows through the empty spaces and communicates the repetition of “game over” in public space. (Sebastian Freytag)

Sebastian Freytag: game over © Heike Kandalowski
Sebastian Freytag: game over © Heike Kandalowski
Sebastian Freytag: game over © Heike Kandalowski
Sebastian Freytag: game over © Heike Kandalowski
Sebastian Freytag: game over © Heike Kandalowski

Hanna Koch: “mindwork”

Massenbergstraße 15 – 17, 44787 Bochum

The work “mindwork” refers to the following vision for the Ruhr Region: in the period of industrialization, workers migrated to this region for many years, bringing with them their cultures, religions, and traditions. Areas in which many cultures meet are always potential sites for the development of new ideas. Now that traditional work is lacking due to the decline of industry, residents suddenly have the free time in which this mental potential can develop. On can imagine how the shift of the centre of life from difficult physical labour to philosophy, art, literature, scholarship could change the life of each and every individual and public space. But this development can only come from each individual who feels a desire to engage with life’s questions in some way. (Hanna Koch)

Hanna Koch: mindwork © Heike Kandalowski
Hanna Koch: mindwork © Heike Kandalowski
Hanna Koch: mindwork © Heike Kandalowski
Hanna Koch: mindwork © Heike Kandalowski

Jens Kothe / Tim Löhde: “REVIER POWER 18”

Viktoriastraße / Bongardstraße 2, 44787 Bochum

Our product, our tunnel has no end.
From the basement: the orchestra pit of the street.
The material: quitting time
The body: the machine
The location: the heart
Experience: work
The shop window as a playground in a glass case
The child in me, the addiction to play
Establishes contact.
(Jens Kothe and Tim Löhde)

Jens Kothe & Tim Löhde: REVIER POWER 18 © Heike Kandalowski
Jens Kothe & Tim Löhde: REVIER POWER 18 © Heike Kandalowski
Jens Kothe & Tim Löhde: REVIER POWER 18 © Heike Kandalowski
Jens Kothe & Tim Löhde: REVIER POWER 18 © Heike Kandalowski
Jens Kothe & Tim Löhde: REVIER POWER 18 © Heike Kandalowski

Zahava Rodrigo: “Shop 65”

Ciytpoint, 2. OG, Kortumstr. 87, 44787 Bochum

It can only be visited to the opening times of the City Point, Mondays to Saturdays 10.00 – 20.00, Sundays closed.

With the work Shop 65, Zahava Rodrigo explores spaces in an empty store in Bochum’s mall Citypoint using photography. By rearranging and reflecting various found details and perspectives, she constructs an unreal-seeming, virtual space and replaces the typical visual protection on  shop windows with a large format print of the motif. Between the nail salon and H&M, Shop 65 becomes visible, a fictive and yet real space that poses the question of the past and the possible future of vacant shops.

Zahava Rodrigo: Shop 65 © Heike Kandalowski
Zahava Rodrigo: Shop 65 © Heike Kandalowski
Zahava Rodrigo: Shop 65 © Heike Kandalowski
Zahava Rodrigo: Shop 65 © Heike Kandalowski

Thorsten Schoth: “In Between”

Massenbergstraße 15 – 17, 44787 Bochum

In my works, I am concerned with the search for the aesthetic line separating sculpture and painting, and most importantly its suspension. In the process, I engage with colour, objects, and their relationship to one another. At the moment, I am experimenting with various methods: on the one hand, the objects created through long processes of work are directly treated with colour. On the other hand, colour is used in the space around the work of art so that an atmosphere of colour emerges and the objects are immersed in a shimmering reflection. Using this method, the objects take on a painterly quality and lose all their materiality. At the same time, the colour takes on a three-dimensional character: it leaves the surface and begins to float in space. I take my motifs from everyday life. They are depicted in isolation, divorced of their usual context, and thus generate strange situations that unsettle the beholder. (Thorsten Schoth)

Thorsten Schoth: In Between © Heike Kandalowski
Thorsten Schoth: In Between © Heike Kandalowski
Thorsten Schoth: In Between © Heike Kandalowski
Thorsten Schoth: In Between © Heike Kandalowski

And what about after the project? – the Ruhrtriennale would like ‘Ausstellungsstück’ to contribute to reviving city centres as meeting places and community spaces. With this in mind it is desirable that the vacant properties should also be used after the project period. Anyone interested in renting one of the shops should contact the representatives of Bochum Marketing GmbH, GFW Duisburg and Wirtschaftsförderung Dinslaken.

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