INSTANT STRUCTURE FOR SCHACHT XII
by rAndom International
A Production by Urbane Künste Ruhr in the Framework of Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts
In the first place, it was a sensuous adventure: the sound of falling water, the humidity, the glimmering water walls in the sunlight. At Zollverein World Heritage Site, the London-based studio rAndom International realized a spectacular, performative installation for Urbane Künste Ruhr in the framework of the Ruhrtriennale. Situated closely to Schacht XII – maybe the world's most famous icon of the Ruhr Area –, a tower made of innumerable falling drops was created. As massive as Tower seemed to be when viewed from the distance, it continuously kept on transforming its structure, disappeared and reappeared instantaneously. Viewers were invited either to enter or to view Tower from a distance.
Following the light installation Pulse Park by the Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Tower was the second big installation realized by Urbane Künste Ruhr for the Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts.
By the way, the fact that rAndom International dealt with the element of water at Zollverein was no subject to mere chance: the central dewatering system of the mining landscape has its location just underneath Schacht XII. The invisible underground processes have thereby been transported to the ground. But in the first place, Tower was an installation situated between nature and architecture creating sensations that were hard to compare and defined the perspective on Zollverein in a new fashion.
August 23 – October 6, 2013
daily from 10 am – 01 am
Zollverein World Heritage Site, Schacht XII
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
In cooperation with Stiftung Zollverein
Tower – Instant Structure for Schacht XII am Eröffnungstag© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Die neue Installation von rAndom International auf Zollverein: Tower© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Tower inmitten der statischen Zollverein-Architektur© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Aus der Ferne, aber auch aus nächster Nähe zu erleben: Tower© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Im Tower: Neue Perspektiven auf das Welterbe Zollverein© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Katja Aßmann, Florian Ortkrass und Hannes Koch bei der Eröffnung© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt
Zwischen den Wasserwänden: Eröffnung des Tower© Urbane Künste Ruhr / Thorsten Arendt