Project public preposition
Year 2013
Institution Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of the Arts, Gelsenkirchen /DE
Place Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum /DE
Curator Heiner Goebbels, Marietta Piekenbrock
Technique Stage, followspot, projector, DMX controller
Thanks Henrik von Boxberg, Tina Carstens, Lukas Crepaz, Sebastian Fenk, Stephanie Funk, Sarah Kaes, Sabine Krüger, Franca Lohmann, Horst Mühlberger, Dorothea Neweling, Martin Obermayr, Dieter Reeps, Martin Reulecke, Christina Schabert, André Schallenberg, Susanne Schuran, Nicole Strecker, Daniel Teusner, Tillmann Wiegand, Lina Zehelein
Photographer Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf /DE
Rainer Schlautmann, Oberhausen /DE
Supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf /DE
Europäische Union – Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung, Berlin /DE

agora/ arena, Bochum, 2013

While the typical function of an “arena” as a venue with a grandstand also characterizes the Bochum Jahrhunderthalle, the features of an “agora” were newly attributed to it for the Ruhrtriennale. In the style of the central urban meeting place in ancient Greece, the modern glazed porch of the former industrial hall and the forecourt with a spectator stand joined an illuminated forum that invited visitors to linger and exchange with one another. As a major component of a visit to this event, the entrance and exit of the cultural establishment took on a new quality that went beyond mere reception. At the same time the cultural and historical significance of the cooling towers and water towers was highlighted, while in the darkness they measured the area as pulsing white luminaries and projection screens. The cultural experience was thus widened spatially, temporally, and in historical significance. (JO)