Elective Course: TRANSURBAN RESIDENCY - Building Common Space

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Summer Semester 2023

Term: one semester


The TRANSURBAN Residency - building common spaces is a supra-regional cooperation project at the interface of urban art and participatory urban research. The residency programme for artists and urban researchers is a programme component of the NRW-wide platform TRANSURBAN - Urban Art in NRW. Designed as a three-year format, the residency travels through the cultural regions of the federal state. Tested as a pilot in Cologne Ehrenfeld in 2019, it was launched in 2021 with the first programme route in the Ruhr region - in Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund - to be continued in 2022 in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Bielefeld. For 2023, the project cities of Krefeld and Duisburg will move to the Lower Rhine. An alliance of non-profit associations - the Krefelder freischwimmer e.V. and the Soziokulturelles Zentrum Stapeltor / 47 e.V. - in cooperation with the City of Krefeld and the City of Duisburg will develop, finance and design an interdisciplinary, modular programme consisting of research modules, artistic interventions, a cultural and discursive framework programme as well as large-scale exhibitions in the public spaces of the two partner cities. The programme extends over a period of six months with internal and public programme sections. The initiating research, design and networking phase develops into the residency programmes, each lasting four weeks and inviting the public to explore and appropriate the urban space.


The seminar takes place as a compact week within the research and network phase, which lasts from 17.04.-30.06.2023, and focuses on the project city of Krefeld. The context in Krefeld is an integrated mobility concept as well as a cultural-historical urban planning analysis of the ramparts in the city centre. Topics such as the "obsolete car city", transformation of traffic areas and unsealing of surfaces are among the focal points. Within the seminar, there will be a regular exchange with the artists of the TRANSURBAN residency, who will develop their first drafts and approaches for the residency phase that follows on from the research phase. The artists work in the field of temporary architecture and mobile/ modular installations.

Within the seminar, a section of the Krefeld Westwall will be researched, in which interventions will also take place within the TRANSURBAN residency. The research is divided into the modules analysis, design and presentation. The research will be accompanied by an exchange with the residency artists.

With subsequent impromptu.


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