Paradoxes of the Public – Art in Public Spaces


355 artists from 20 countries including Australia, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Croatia, submitted their works to this competition, organized for the first time by the city of Duisburg and the Duisburg Marketing GmbH in co-operation with the Cultural.

1st prize (5,000 euros):

Felix Lüdicke and Korbinian Lechner (Vienna/Munich) for their work “Kaiserberg – woher – wohin?” (Kaiserberg – wherefrom? – whereto?)

2nd prize (3,000 euros):

the Swiss group île flottante for their work “Expansion sonore”

3 prizes (2,500 euros each):

Birte Hennig (Braunschweig) for her photographic work “Was hier wohl mal reinkommt…?” (I wonder what they’ll put in here….?)

Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth (Duisburg/Hamburg) for their installation “Für eine Ökonomie des Tauschens” (For an economy of swapping) at the Duisburg CityPalais

Karin Lingnau and Martin Hesselmeier for their work “SARoskop” (SARoscope)
Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, the North Rhine-Westphalian Initiative UrbanBuildingCulture (Initiative StadtBauKultur NRW); Vodafone
Open, international, art, RfP
City of Duisburg, Germany
German, English
01 Oct 2007 – Registration Deadline
01 Oct 2007 – Submission Deadline
Artists and artists’ groups working in the fields of visual arts, media arts, performance, architecture, urban research / spatial planning
Total €15,500
It is proposed to realize three of the award-winning works in May 2008 for a limited period of time as part of the festival “Duisburger Akzente – State Cultural Festival of North Rhine-Westphalia.”
In order for art to work as a germ cell and laboratory for what is new, one of the most important questions that must be answered is: Where are the public crystallization points emerging today, the points that radiate social dynamics, and where can art help them to take on a face, an image, a form.
The goal of this competition, in preparation for 2010, the year of the European Capital of Culture in the Ruhr, is to initiate new art forms adapted to changed public spaces that take into account the perceptions of the users of a city (as drivers, consumers and telecommunications users) and will ideally invite people to participate.
The assignment will be to develop artists’ works exploring the aesthetic and social conditions of the following three public spaces:
1. Consumer Spaces: Shopping Malls and Arcades
2. Transitory Spaces: Streets and Motorways
3. Data Spaces: Mobile Technologies
Duisburg Marketing GmbH
Nina Hülsmeier und Dr. Söke Dinkla
Tel: +0049 (0) 203 283 6427