Emscherkunst 2016 – Urban Space Station

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Urban Space Station at Emscherkunst 2016

4th of June until 18th of September

excerpt from Emscherkunst website:

Natalie Jeremijenko designs a positive vision for the new Emscher valley with her project U.S.S. – Urban Space Station. It’s ever Natalie Jeremijenko’s aim to better life and life quality with her work. TheUrban Space Station is a closed system combining agriculture and architecture. The Australian artist’s installation, reminiscent of a space ship, addresses multiple ecologic and social problems, as the constant rise of CO² in our atmosphere, the forming of waste air and smog, the growing concentration of buildings and people in agglomeration areas, and also lacking or too little upgrades in the area of planting and green spaces in the densely populated areas.

Jeremijenko creates a greenhouse-like architecture with U.S.S. – Urban Space Station, on top of an existent building at the Lake Phoenix See and points to new possibilities of the use and capacity of buildings. Placed on a passage-building between the so-called Swan Complex at the densely populated Lake Phoenix, its insect-like outside reminds of a parasite that has docked onto the building. The second glance uncovers the symbiosis of the two architectural structures: The USS docks onto the air conditioning of the surrounding buildings and creates a cleaning circulation. The building’s waste air and warmth is filtered by the USSs plants, cleaned, and enriched with oxygen before it is led back into the building.

About Emscherkunst:

The exhibition Emscherkunst is presenting contemporary art in city and nature for the third time in summer 2016. The Emscherkunst 2016’s about 50km long Art Trail stretches between the cities of Holzwickede, Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Herne.

The Emscherkunst accompanies the development of a natural riverscape in the heart of the Ruhr area as a triennial. In a generational project, the open waste water canal Emscher is being converted to a close-to-nature river since the 1990s.

The artworks of the Emscherkunst 2016 deal with the conversion of the river Emscher as well as with the urban and industrial transformation and the change of landscape in the Ruhr area. The exhibition – hosted by Emschergenossenschaft, Urbane Künste Ruhr and Regionalverband Ruhr – has been taking place every three years since the Cultural Capital Year RUHR.2010 at the Emscher’s banks. In 2013, Emscherkunst delighted more than 255.000 visitors.

The Art Trail of Emscherkunst 2016 is about 50 km long and leads from Holzwickede through Dortmund to Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Herne. All in all seven exhibition areas along the trail and an exciting program of events offer a unique art experience during the summer: in addition to the Emscher’s source in Holzwickede, the Dortmunder lake Phoenix See, and the urban space around the Dortmunder U, the exhibition also takes places around the coking plant Hansa, the flood retention basin, the waterway bridge of Emscher and Rhine-Herne-Canal near Castrop-Rauxel and the Museum Strom und Leben with the Stadthafen Recklinghausen for venues.

Experience the change

In one of the biggest renaturation projects worldwide, the Emscher conversion, the about 80km long river Emscher is being converted from an open waste water canal to a close-to-nature river system: step by step, the river Emscher and her tributaries are being transformed and improved ecologically – the Emscher returns to the people as an alive river. Because of the change in landscape and urban spaces, formerly shunned areas become recreational spaces. For the Emscherkunst 2016, Emschergenossenschaft, Urbane Künste Ruhr and Regionalverband Ruhr are co-operating again, aiming to make the regions transformation to an attractive environment for living, residing and working, and to further strengthen the Ruhr areas international reputation as an attractive art metropolis.

Continuing in the Cultural Capital Year RUHR.2010’s spirit “Change through Culture – Culture through Change”, the Ministry for Family, Children, Youths, Culture, and Sport of the federal State Northrhine-Westphalia supports the Emscherkunst as one of the particularly sustainable cultural projects. In 2013, the Emscherkunst was recognized by the United Nations for her engagement in the communication of sustainable ideas and chosen as the „Beitrag zur UN-Dekade Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“ (Tribute to the UN-Decade Education for Sustainable Developement).

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