IHME Recommends: Urbane Künste Ruhr


For the rest of 2015, the IHME Recommends page will be introducing public art producers abroad. ENPAP, or the Enlarged Network of Public Art Producers, was initiated by director of Mossutställningar in Stockholm Stella d’Ailly. The aim of the network is to combine forces in fund-raising and sharing of professional expertise – both producing and curating – between members. IHME is happy to introduce the members of the network.

Under the artistic direction of Katja Aßmann, Urbane Künste Ruhr (Arts in urban space in the Ruhr Area) pursues a new understanding of the city through art, and thereby a new form of art through urbanity. Urbane Künste Ruhr is the central pillar of the claims to sustainability made by the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, and develops and organizes artistic productions in urban space, together with artists, networks and cultural institutes. The aim is to open up new possibilities for creative work in the conflicted zone between art and urbanity, and new forms of active participation for the inhabitants. Urbane Künste Ruhr thus works with creators of visual and performing arts on developing projects related to pressing urban concerns in the Ruhr Area of Germany. As a result, Urbane Künste Ruhr offers model projects that have international relevance, and not just for the region alone.

The collective project Nomanslanding by five internationally renowned artists, Robyn Backen (AUS), Andre Dekker (NL), Graham Eatough (UK), Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin (both AUS), will be shown as part of the Ruhrtriennale in Duisburg-Ruhrort from 14 August 2015, after touring to Sydney (2 April – 3 May 2015) and Glasgow Arts / Merchant City Festival (13 July – 2 August 2015). Nomanslanding was created in close collaboration between the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Glasgow Life and Urbane Künste Ruhr. Nomanslanding is a walk-on installation, and as such is a sensory experience of crossing set in the Framework of the Ruhrtriennale. It is an attempt to bridge the divide separating us from strangers, and to facilitate a meeting on common ground. A space is created with a unique atmosphere, in which people can reflect with each other on history, memories and experiences.

Nomanslanding tells stories of life on and by the water, and leads visitors to a point of uncertainty between themselves and the unfamiliar.”
Katja Aßmann, Artistic Director Urbane Künste Ruhr

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