Since June 2021 I am artistic director of Gemeinde Köln. Please check their website for further information. www.gemeinde-koeln.org
2015 – 2018
Located at Cologne Ebertplatz in an intermediate leveled passage connecting two pedestrian areas between a very busy traffic roundabout. The 3 neighboring art spaces: Bruch&Dallas, Gold&Beton and Tiefgarage showing fine art and new music are funded by the cultural department of Cologne plus RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur.
The place forms an ongoing topic at the city council. Since years there is a desperate search going on for finding a solution for the 70s concrete architecture with dark corners and its escalators out of service. Weird and drunken people feel invited to trash the place. 2011 a former party in the council, FDP, deliberated the idea to transform this passage into an underground parking to gain the attractive number of 154 new lots for this area. Unless the excessive costs to make a central urban structure vanish for a couple of cars, 2014 the council initiated a feasibility study on this behalf.
Meanwhile feasibility phase, the art space Tiefgarage tries to bring 154 artists onto the lot, to exploit the maximum potential of this pearl of urban architecture, until some time after 2017 this unwanted home for the art may no longer exist.
2012 – 2013
In this exhibition series, every two months an installation artist was invited to build a work especially considered for the space on the upper floor of a gallery building. Concerning the matter that this room was also used as my private appartment, the works were set into a social context and gave the chance to discuss the idea of art and science in an intimate and non white-cubish atmosphere.
Artists: Julia Bünnagel, Susan Collis, Luka Fineisen & Yeondoo Jung, Andreas Gehlen, Clemens Botho Goldbach, Gereon Krebber, Ulrike Möschel, Christian Odzuck, Evangelos Papadopoulos.
April 2012 – Dec 2013. Supported by the city of Cologne. www.honigbrot.org
Side events like lectures, performances and video screenings inspired to determine how and where art speaks and what influence it may take on the perception of the private sphere. These questions have been discussed with philosophers, critics, poets, physicians, the artists and all guests. The duration of each single exhibition was 4 weeks.
The project was supported by the city of Cologne and gained various sponsorship by: Kultursekretariat Wuppertal, Konrad Chorodinski programming, graphics by Julia Majewski affairen-gestaltung, Mühlenkölsch Beer, Veltins Beer, Lemonaid, Bauhaus Köln-Kalk, printer DeineStadtKlebt, and others.
More about the project and its side events at www.honigbrot.org and www.facebook.com/honigbrot.org.
Tip Top Stop
A group exhibiton with installations by Julia Bünnagel, Anja Ciupka, Luka Fineisen, Manuel Franke, Gereon Krebber, Christine Rusche, Thomas Trinkl, Sonja Vordermaier and Lawrence Weiner in an old industrial warehouse at the docksite of Cologne Deutz which was previously a disount shop.
April 16 – May 16, 2010, www.tiptopstop.de
The event was included in the frame programme of the fair Art Cologne and was financed all alone. Including a book written by 4 philosophers: Prof. Dr. Jakob Steinbrenner, Dr. Henning Tegtmeyer, Dr. Bernadette Collenberg- Plotnikov and PD Dr. phil. Andreas Steffens. They wrote about their ideas on installation art and contemprary art practice, apart from classical art historian interpretation models.