CURRENT is a transdisciplinary festival for art in urban space. The first edition took place from 9 – 19 September 2021 in Stuttgart. Installations, performances, discussions and workshops set out to explore the connection between art, architecture and the city.
In the first edition, CURRENT dedicated itself to the porosity. The festival focused on the unforeseen, breaks in planning, the experimental. Artists used various formats to respond to specific situations in the urban sphere of Stuttgart, local initiatives and institutions are involved in independent formats—all in relation to and with the ever-unfinished, porous city.
CURRENT – Art and Urban Space is a transdisciplinary festival with its first edition in from 9 – 19 September 2021. The festival uses the city as a model to engage with the present. The first edition was dedicated to the porous (in) the city. Between the two poles–the supposedly complete and the forever unfinished–the urban is conceived as a porous resonance space in which artistic practices constructively process, reflect and mediate the everyday. CURRENTs first edition was composed of an in public space, a magazine, local and an international at .
Potentials of space, myths and co-existences of living beings, promises of large-scale building projects, assertions of Mock worlds, unforeseen effects of built environment as well as possible new forms of our perception—the exhibition presents artistic positions addressing specific situations in the urban space in a researching, questioning, productive and improvising way, directly and indirectly.
With installations, performances and workshops by:
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In close exchange with the city, numerous initiatives and institutions are involved in independent formats such as workshops, talks, artistic or educational projects.
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As an impulse for a new orientation of art in public space the symposium brings together experts from various backgrounds to address questions of a holistic and forward-looking urban design.
Art and urban space – in assembly
16. & 17. September 2021
Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum, Markus Bauer, Jochen Becker, Laura Bernhardt, Robin Bischoff, Ania Corcilius, Christopher Dell, Christian Haid, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Andreas Hofer, Barbara Holub, Sonja Hornung, Susanne Jakob, Kathrin Jentjens, Gilly Karjevsky, Alper Kazokoglu, Paula Kohlmann, Julia Lerch Zajączkowska, Marjetica Potrč, Anna Schiefer, Hannes Schwertfeger, Christina Simon-Philipp, Adnan Softić, Lukas Staudinger, Winfried Stürzl, Ülkü Süngün, Martina Taig, Renée Tribble, Nora Unger, Sylvia Winkler, Julia Wenz-Delaminsky, et al.
In this extended, digital urban space we show independent and interpretive contributions to the festival.
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Laura Bernhardt, Sophie Bergemann, Clair Bötschi, Luisa Danaylov, Nele Esteban-Dettmar, Sarah Gerdiken, Julia Lerch Zajączkowska, Michelle Radam, Livia Rutishauser, Nora Unger
CURRENT – ART AND URBAN SPACE is a project of the Art Public Space – Culture Matters gUG funded by the City of Stuttgart, the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, the Wüstenrot Foundation, the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), the LBBW Foundation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.