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11th – 13th May 2015
In its tenth year and following stops in Los Angeles, Istanbul, Kyoto and France, Feldstärke, which was originally developed as an exchange forum for students at higher education institutions in North-Rhine Westphalia, re-cemented and expanded its regional relationships. Participants from North-Rhine Westphalia studying performance, choreography, graphics, video, media arts, design, animation, photography, music and fine art, met in the former pithead baths building to share ideas.
23 students, from:
FH Dortmund (studying photography)
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (studying fine art)
Folkwang Hochschule Essen (studying dance, photography, the ‘Heterotopia Graduate Programme’ and Industrial Design)
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (studying dance, dance teaching in the contemporary context)
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (studying media arts)
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Department of Art and Design (studying art in education)
Ruhruniversität Bochum (studying theatre studies, staging research and comparative literature)
The 2015 edition of Feldstärke took place between 11th and 13th May 2015. The four-day programme was divided into an internal and a public part.
A: VISIT TO ‘THE PALACE OF PROJECTS’
This year’s edition started with a visit to the exhibition ‘The Place of Projects’, by artists Olya and Emilia Kabakov, housed on the Zollverein site. The visit was followed by a plenary discussion about the extent to which concepts, ideas and impressions suggested by the ‘Palace of Projects’ could be used in the up-coming workshops.
B: INDEPENDENT GROUP WORK PHASE
The participants worked in five self-selected groups to develop previously agreed themes: structural systems, craft-making and exposure, the dimensions of perspective, archaeologies and utopias and frictions and fractures.
The public part of Feldstärke 2015 offered external visitors the opportunity to see the work of the students in the form of a tour on the last day of the programme.
For four days, young artists worked with the resources offered by their surroundings. Sometimes the space was open, sometimes closed. They changed location, re-oriented themselves, dissolved elements and re-configured them. In an exploratory lab environment, they tried out new approaches: fearless, free and focussed. They scrutinised both the nature and the techniques of field research. Not only did they experience the space around them, their actions also contributed to new spatialisation and spatial orders. Feldstärke 2015 gave 23 students and graduates from North-Rhine Westphalia the impetus to develop future interdisciplinary projects with the contacts they made, as well as to focus their own trans-disciplinary processes. They will hopefully continue to find and open up empty spaces, to discover and uncover new forms.
(By Milena Cairo)