Healing Complex (2018—ongoing)

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Healing Complex (2018-ongoing) is a new meeting place, initiated by artist Irena Haiduk. At the artist’s proposal, the former church of St. Bonifatius in Gelsenkirchen-Erle, which once served local miners. will be reimagined in close collaboration with locals and a broader community of stakeholders.

The history of the Ruhrgebiet is a history of migrations. The area’s diverse populations share many customs across cultures, religions and nationalities. The use of community ovens and spas is common to most. Inspired by ancient complexes that combined art and healing, Haiduk proposes to co-design a multifunctional oven powering three functions: communal baking, the making of art and recovery from everyday stresses through sauna rituals. In keeping with the artist’s attention to traditions of economic innovation, the complex will also develop its own transaction techniques rooted in non-monetary exchange and frottage imaging.

In contrast to common architectural approaches, visitors will be asked to influence the redesign of the church into a communal center. The initial exhibition period allows the ideas proposed by the artist to be tested and shaped by those who will use them. An extensive public programme will engage participants of all ages: concerts, bake-off parties, recreational offerings and hands-on workshops. A discussion series will explore international examples of art-powered economies, their social value, and educational potential.

We invite all locals, interested parties and experts from all walks of life to take direct and active part in this transformation. Together we can re-discover the building as a place of encounter and exchange that contributes to a vital social infrastructure.


Address

Ehemalige St. Bonifatiuskirche Gelsenkirchen-Erle
Cranger Straße 338-342
45891 Gelsenkirchen

Events


  • Sunday
    15 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Discussion
    19.6.

    Bauen−Backen−Baden

  • with Yasemin Utku, Anja Dietmann and Charlotte Pohle

    In the recurring conversation format Bauen−Backen−Baden (Building−Baking−Bathing), we address three important topics of the Healing Complex: Building is representative of the question of how a place has to be designed in order to use it together for different activities. Baking and bathing refer to the idea of artist Irena Haiduk to develope an economy that combines the activities of baking and sauning via a central oven. The sauna remains an idea for the time being − it is to be developed together with those who want to use it in the future. With the possibilities of the existing building and a hot stove, the process begins.

    In the first episode, we discuss with our guests how unused (church) buildings can be revitalised and new places for the city community can be created. What offers have to be created so that not only interest in the project is aroused, but the Healing Complex can also remain alive in the long term?

    We have invited urban developer and spatial planner Yasemin Utku, whose research focuses on structural change in the Ruhr region and the potential for conversion of existing buildings, to take part in the discussion. As co-founder of the newly opened Kunstverein Mittelrhein in Neuwied, Charlotte Pohle gives us an insight into her motivation: Why does Neuwied need a new art association and what exactly is happening on the site of the former aluminium factory? As editor of Pfeil Magazine, Anja Dietmann has dedicated issue #15 to the artistic and cultural history of bread. With her, we talk about bread as currency and baking as a unifying element in different traditions.

    Moderated by Britta Peters, on we want to take a closer look at the idea of the project together on June 19th based on these three different perspectives and discuss the potentials for the Healing Complex.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    19.6.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    14—17 h
    Bike Tour
    26.6.

    Radtour entlang des Emscherkunstweg

  • The Healing Complex is located not far from the Emscher. The history of the river and its significance for the entire Ruhr area as a former sewage canal were part of the artistic exploration of the region. On two Sundays, guided bike tours of the Emscherkunstweg start at the Healing Complex and then lead to works by Olaf Nicolai / Douglas Gordon & Mogwai, Rita McBride, Mischa Kuball / Lawrence Weiner, Piet Oudolf / Gross.Max, Andreas Strauss.

    The tour is organised by the Emschergenossenschaft.

    Information on the bike tours along the Emscherkunstweg and registration at www.emscherkunstweg.de


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    26.6.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Mo.—Fr.
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    27.6.— 1.7.

    Summer School

  • During Summer School, local and international students are invited to participate in the design process of the Healing Complex. A series of workshops will result in a material workshop and a studio for aesthetic and economic research. Each group will design and present their own proposals, which will be taken into account in the further use and conceptualisation of the project.


  • Saturday
    18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Artist Talk
    2.7.

    An Evening with Anna Viebrock

  • As part of our Summer School, Irena Haiduk and the stage designer Anna Viebrock will develop different ideas for the future of the Healing Complex together with participants and make models out of different materials. After the workshop day, we will talk with Anna Viebrock about her artistic practice and relationship to things.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    3.7.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Mo.—Fr.
    10—14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    4.7.— 8.7.

    Holidays at the Healing Complex: Weekly Workshop I

  • Dough and clay - kneading, baking, shaping, designing and in between a common break! Inspired by the special atmosphere of the Healing Complex, the themes of baking and shaping come together in this holiday programme. Together with experienced workshop leaders, children can get creative with various materials and even bake their own bread.

    from 7 years
    Registration at kunstvermittlung@urbanekuensteruhr.de or on 0170 37 12 866

    Open day workshops
    Thursday, 30.06. | 14.07. | 21.07. | 04.08., each from 10 am to 2 pm
    from 7 years
    Without registration


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    10.7.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    17.7.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    24.7.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Mo.—Fr.
    10—14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    25.7.— 29.7.

    Holidays at the Healing Complex: Weekly Workshop II

  • Dough and clay - kneading, baking, shaping, designing and in between a common break! Inspired by the special atmosphere of the Healing Complex, the themes of baking and shaping come together in this holiday programme. Together with experienced workshop leaders, children can get creative with various materials and even bake their own bread.

    from 7 years
    Registration at kunstvermittlung@urbanekuensteruhr.de or on 0170 37 12 866

    Open day workshops
    Thursday, 30.06. | 14.07. | 21.07. | 04.08., each from 10 am to 2 pm
    from 7 years
    Without registration


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    30.7.

    Artistic Workshop with Samuel Treindl

  • As part of the event Emscherkunstweg. The Festival, a full-day workshop with the artist Samuel Treindl will take place on the premises of the Healing Complex. In a playful way, we will approach the sculptural qualities of architecture and make unusual ceramic baking moulds for baking bread. A bread bar created by Samuel Treindl will be set up as a temporary installation on the forecourt of the church. Visitors will have the opportunity to linger here on bales of straw and self-cast pieces of furniture and to taste the bread freshly baked on site.

    Click here for the full programme.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    31.7.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    7.8.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    14.8.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    21.8.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    28.8.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    14—17 h
    Bike Tour
    4.9.

    Radtour entlang des Emscherkunstweg

  • The Healing Complex is located not far from the Emscher. The history of the river and its significance for the entire Ruhr area as a former sewage canal were part of the artistic exploration of the region. On two Sundays, guided bike tours of the Emscherkunstweg start at the Healing Complex and then lead to works by Olaf Nicolai / Douglas Gordon & Mogwai, Rita McBride, Mischa Kuball / Lawrence Weiner, Piet Oudolf / Gross.Max, Andreas Strauss.

    The tour is organised by the Emschergenossenschaft.

    Information on the bike tours along the Emscherkunstweg and registration at www.emscherkunstweg.de


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    4.9.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    18.9.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    25.9.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.


  • Sunday
    11—18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    2.10.

    Public Baking

  • The oven is on! From now on, Urbane Künste Ruhr invites you to bake together every Sunday from 11am—6pm. Bring your dough, ingredients and recipes or try what we bake on site and get to know the Healing Complex!

    The offer is free of charge, registration is not required.

    Ever since, communal baking and cooking – whether in the form of fireplaces, ancient healing sites or village ovens – has held the potential of gathering and community. To kick off things at the Healing Complex, Urbane Künste Ruhr has installed a baking oven in the middle of the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is operated every Sunday and invites all interested to bake, eat and exchange.

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    Irena Haiduk

    In June 2022, Irena Haiduk opens the exhibition Healing Complex (2018—ongoing) in the former church of St. Bonifatius, which is becoming a new meeting and community place in Gelsenkirchen.