Hommage an Engels: In Engelskirchen nutzten Künstler den öffentlichen Raum für die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Arbeit

Monitore zwischen Turbinen und Generatoren

Unter dem Motto »Nach dem Beaufsichtigen der Maschinen« fanden am Wochenende in Engelskirchen nahe Köln Kunstaktionen im öffentlichen Raum statt. Anlass war der 200. Geburtstag von Friedrich Engels, dessen Vater dort 1837 die Baumwollspinnerei Ermen & Engels errichten ließ, in der ab 1903 neben Textilien auch Strom produziert wurde.


Dr. Dario Azzellini: Bridging the gap between academica, activism & filmmaking

“How do you neutralize a revolutionary?... you give him an office with air conditioning.” This was one of several humorous anecdotes that Dr. Azzellini shared with me during our interview. Dr. Azzellini’s eyes twinkled with amusement as he recounted this joke someone once told him. His incisive and dynamic way of thinking and conceptualizing ideas and connections increasingly became evident during our interview.

Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler at the Nottingham Contemporary

The Geopolitical Turn - Art and the Contest of Globalisation

What are the reference points for contemporary art in a global economy that creates enormous wealth as well as widening inequality. Our opening conference explores the many strategies artists use to reveal the processes and human consequences of the globalised market economy. Introduced by the exhibition’s co-curator T.J. Demos – writer, curator and lecturer at University College, London – the conference includes artists George Osodi, Ursula Biemann, Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler and Bureau d’Études.

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