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Working meeting in Dortmund, Germany 7. – 9. July 2012

Working Group Coordinator: Metod Blejec
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CP has been invited to participate at the "Industrial Festival 2013" (working title) – an interdisciplinary festival concerning notions of industrialization era in the region and internationally, post-industrial condition and future tendencies regarding the industry.

CP's involvement had been possible on Kuba's recommendation to Hartware MedianKunstVerein HMKV based in Dortmund and got involved from the first meeting for working and brainstorming session towards the "Industrial Festival 2013" (working title). The festival had been initiated by HMKV artistic director Dr. Inke Arns, Fabian Saavedra-Lara (an independent curator) and Thibaut de Ruyter (an independent curator).

The festival has been planned for autumn 2013: 6. September 2013 to 5. January 2014 in Dortmund, Germany

Meeting has been possible by support of Polish Institute in Germany.

Key people

Dr. Inke Arns, HMKV artistic director // DE // Role: overall festival artistic director and co-curator of an exhibition
Frauke Hoffschulte, HMKV managing director // DE // Role: festival management
Thibaut de Ruyter, independent curator // DE/FR // Role: co-curator of an exhibition
Fabian Saavedra-Lara, independent curator // DE // Role: curator of an exhibition
Kuba Szreder, Critical Practice + Free/Slow University Warsaw // PL/UK // Role: curator of artist commissions
Janek Sowa, Free/Slow University Warsaw // PL // Role: co-organizer of the conference
Michał Kozłowski, Free/Slow University Warsaw // PL // Role: co-organizer of the conference
Metod Blejec, Critical Practice // UK/SI // Role: Market coordinator

Meeting the team

Saturday 7. July 2012

After driving from Documenta 13 (Kassel, Germany) we arrive to Unique Hotel in Dortmund where we are welcomed by Inke, Frauke and Fabian. We check in and leave for dinner in Kyoto Japanese restaurant. We make a provisional plan for Sunday 8. July.

After dinner we go to a nearby bar for a concert and a well deserved drink after several days in Kassel.

Sightseeing in larger Ruhr area

Sunday 8. July 2012

This first working session is aimed to getting to know the local industrial sites, mainly coal and steel.


We meet at 9am in a hotel lobby and depart to a car rental.

First destination is a reconstructed post industrial site Zeche Zollen II/IV – a colliery. Site had been built in 1898 as the prestige object of the largest mining company of the time. Its architecture and technical equipment display the desire to impress current in mining in the late German empire.

In the same museum we walk through an amazing and well curated and designed exhibition on "Forced Labour: Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War".


We stop for lunch. We discover an amazing vending machine in men's toilet and buy a "Travel Pussy" (do not ask!!!)


Inke takes us to HMKV galleries in Dortmunder U Zentrum fur Kunst und Kreativitat. Dortmunder U is a contemporary art venue in Dortmund in a newly renovated old brewery.

We are guided through the shows of Suzane Treister – Hexen 2.0, Francis Hunger – History has Left the Building and Arthur Znijewski – Democracies.

We decide, despite wet weather, to continue our industrial sight seeing in Essen. Place of interest is Ruhr Museum, the biggest of its kind and UNESCO's world heritage monument. We walk through we planned reconstructed industrial site and see some outstanding architectural features.

The last sight we visit id HMKV's previous venue at the edge of Dortmund called Phoenix. This area has been know as the most polluted area in Dortmund due to steel industry that vanished a few decades ago. As part of common gentrification this has become a trendy area for new developments. As part of the gentrification, the city of Dortmund created an artificial lake where the chemical process of iron into steel took place. We discuss possible environmental issues.

HMKV's former venue had been closed since 2010 due to potential developments but have since remained closed and unsold. Inke negotiated with the Ruhr region and the city of Dortmund who asked for €1.3mio for the sight alone.

Former Phoenix space is a massive open plan warehouse assuming some 40x80m with roof at some 15-20m where HMKV's exhibitions, events and other activities took place.


We finish a working day at the dinner and we all decide to resume work next day.

Brainstorming & Planning

Monday 9. July 2012


We meet at 9.30 at HMKV offices for a brainstorming and planning session. We start with the agenda and address some key particularities of the festival i.e. funding and particularly EU funding for Market of Values and possibly the conference.

IN regard to EU funding HMKV needs two partners in order to secure funding. This is EU funding standard procedure. We brainstorm who would be possible partners and decide to try and get Chelsea College of Art and Design as one of the partners since this could increase their publicity abroad. We all understand bureaucratic difficulties regarding the involvement a massive institution, but are convinced this would be the best chance in securing sufficient funding regarding The Market of Values.

INke introduces the festival idea and mention a working title: "Industrial Festival". We brain storm and come up with some provisional alternatives: Post-Industrial (less enthusiasm as it may appear addressing the past of the industrialization and some present), Neo-industrial...

We talk about several notions:

  • Industrial heritage
  • Dortmund locality
  • What happened to the industry? This is a sort of festival working question.

The conversation stays with the question and addresses where the industry left after it vanished from the area.

We talk about the film Loosers & Winners, a film following the dismantling of newly built colliery plant by Chinese workers and shipped to China.

The idea of a film programme arises based on Inke's preliminary plan of including some films in the festival. Metod joins forces with Inke and decide to compile a list of films worth seeing and including in the film programme.

We talk about industrial culture and what is left behind.

Inke gives some particularities re the festival idea. It starts in 2009 in conversation with Thibaut in Phoenix space – HMKV's former and massive post-industrial venue on the edge of Dortmund.

Relevant links

Partner + Venue

Visited sites for inspiration

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