realities:united, Sender (model). © Urbane Künste Ruhr.

Urban Lights Ruhr

October 18–19 and 25–26, 2013

Bergkamen Arcades 
(at the residential tower and on the parking deck)
Töddinghauser Straße 139
59192 Bergkamen


October 18: Urban Lights Ruhr—symposium, 4–10pm
October 19: Urban Lights Ruhr—symposium, 10am–7pm 

Urban Lights Ruhr addresses artificial light in urban space in the Ruhr area. An international symposium on October 18 and 19 focuses on basic questions around temporary festivals on the subject of light art and light design. In parallel, Urbane Künste Ruhr together with the two artists collectives realities:united andosa (office of subversive architecture) realize experimental light works in Bergkamen, one of the nine cities of the network Hellweg ein Lichtweg.  Urban Lights Ruhr is realized in cooperation with FH Dortmund, the city of Bergkamen, the Centre of International Light Art Unna and the project network Hellweg ein Lichtweg.

The architect group osa plans for Urban Lights Ruhr a special ceremony of farewell to the central residential tower in Bergkamen, which has been vacant for the past 15 years and is to be demolished at the end of this year. Two sides of the 60-meter-high residential tower have been painted in black and will serve as projection surface for a laser installation. The laser production seizes scenarios from the tower’s history and simulates its demolition, finally letting the tower disappear in the black of the night. A radio channel will be set up temporarily to broadcast reports and stories about the residential tower as told by citizens of Bergkamen. 

With the installation Sender, the artists’ collective realities:united from Berlin realizes the choreography of an industrial robot. Located on the parking deck adjoining the residential tower, the robot will act differently by day and night and depending on the weather. In the daytime the robot will wave a flag and at night it will hold a glow stick. Whenever the weather deteriorates, the robot protects itself with an umbrella or a roof. 

The international symposium on October 18 and 19 will be attended by Manuel Abendroth (LAb[au]),Marco Canevacci (Plastique Fantastique), Jan Ehlen (RaumZeitPiraten), Mona El Khafif (CCA  San Francisco, URBANlab), Didier Faustino (Mesarchitecture), Alexander Stublic (Sans façon), Mathias Wagner K. (Hellweg ein Lichtweg) and others. On October 18, the guests are invited to a staged dinner featuring table talks with artists and persons from the cultural sector, whilst on October 19, urban issues will be discussed with experts of light art. The students of the master course of scenography and communication of the FH Dortmund will set the scene at vacant premises in the tower arcades in Bergkamen. 

Urbane Künste Ruhr
Urbane Künste Ruhr is the new art organization in the cultural metropolis Ruhr. Based on the unique urban landscape of the Ruhr Area, we together with artists, networks, and cultural institutions investigate the core of urbanity. Under the artistic direction of Katja Aßmann, Urbane Künste Ruhr develops and realizes projects that define the design of cities in a new way—always on-site and together with the people living here. Urbane Künste Ruhr risks a new perspective on the Ruhr Area, the city in general, and the possibilities of art.

Partners and Supporters
City oft Bergkamen
Centre for International Light Art Unna
Fachhochschule Dortmund, department of design/ scenography