9 August – 23 September 2018
The Ruhr’s festival of arts showcases artistic performances from different areas, such as music, drama, dance, and installation.
For six weeks, culture and art are linked with the Ruhr’s industrial architecture in former blasting sheds, power stations, and turbine buildings. Included in the event is the international festival campus, which offers the opportunity to 180 students from over fifteen international and regional art and theatre schools to take part in the Ruhrtriennale in order to gain insights and experience in discussions and workshops.
The various events dissolve the boundaries between art forms and are all intended to creatively shape the so-called “in-between time” – a period of social and cultural upheaval. The metaphor for this changing society is the aeroplane designed by the artists’ group Raumlabor Berlin, which, depending on its perspective, looks as if it has crashed or is undergoing reconstruction.
It is located in front of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum and bears the title “Third Space”. This platform offers space for dancing, and short films can be viewed whilst sitting in the aircraft’s seats. Here, the visitor becomes a designer by moving and rearranging parts of the work of art, that consists of loose building elements, which helps to create a place of collective experience. Other artists, such as the choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly from Burkina Faso and the Malian musician Rokia Traoré also confront politically explosive topics. Every year during the festival, creative, open spaces are created where questions are raised to which everyone has something to contribute: How does dualism work between real public space and the digital world? How can community still develop in public places today? Is public space predestined for forming opinions, for collectivity and discovery?