Ruhr Ding: Schlaf

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Caught in eight-hour waking and sleeping patterns, flexible working hours, body clocks and the social pressure to be non-stop available, productive and awake, sleep represents an almost resistant state – a phase of non-production and non-consumption. Yet even when resting, our bodies can be digitally measured and optimised by numerous inventions designed to help us sleep better. Sleepless nights are juxtaposed with the creative state of being rested, and fantasy worlds alternate with nightmare scenarios turned into reality. The concept of sleep is as multifaceted as the artistic examination of it. At the Ruhr Ding: Schlaf 2023, numerous projects in the southern Ruhr area testify to this, and the monthly Wandersalon is warming up for this topic with discussions and readings by artists and experts.

The Ruhr Ding: Schlaf marks the end of a three-part exhibition series presented throughout the region by the Urbane Künste Ruhr under Britta Peters’ artistic direction. After the Ruhr Ding: Territorien 2019 and the Ruhr Ding: Klima 2021, the wandering exhibition will take place in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Essen, Witten and Gelsenkirchen in 2023, shifting back to the Ruhr area’s industrial history with the beginnings of mining. The third Ruhr Ding series shifts our focus from questions about the environment and our surroundings to the human body itself and its need for sleep as something we all share. Using art, we present reflections on our relationship to the body and time, leading to the question: How do we want to live?

With contributions by: Wojciech Bąkowski, Maximiliane Baumgartner, Guy Dermosessian, God's Entertainment, Michel Gondry, Irena Haiduk, Katarina Jazbec, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Stephanie Lüning, Melanie Manchot, Nik Nowak, Yuri Pattison, Joanna Piotrowska, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Alicja Rogalska, Nora Turato, Viron Erol Vert and The Wig.


In anticipation of Ruhr Ding: Schlaf the new edition of the Urbane Künste Ruhr magazine has just been published in March 2023. You can subscribe to it free of charge here.


An extensive mediation programme accompanies the exhibition during the entire period. All information about the exact locations, registration details, and the participation is available on our website shortly prior the exhibition start. Sign up for our newsletter here and you will be notified as soon as your registration is activated.


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    Ruhr Ding: Schlaf

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    Wojciech Bąkowski

    Memories, dreams and visions influence the often melancholic, dark works of the artist, filmmaker, musician and poet Wojciech Bąkowski.

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    Maximiliane Baumgartner

    Based on her interest in creating publicity and the conditions within an urban environment, the artist's projects are characterized by an exploratory practice.

    Guy Dermosessian Artist ©

    Guy Dermosessian

    Together with Özlem Avcı and Maral Saremi, Guy Dermosessian initiated the platform Cute Community in Bochum for the production and dissemination of music, art, and knowledge.

    GODS real deal photo peter mayr Artist ©

    God's Entertainment

    The Viennese theatre collective God’s Entertainment has been working since 2006 in different team constellations on projects in the areas of performance, happening, the visual arts and sound.

    Michel Gondry Ariane Rousselier Artist ©

    Michel Gondry

    French artist and Oscar-winning Hollywood director Michel Gondry gained international acclaim for his feature films as well as innovative music videos for Björk, Daft Punk, and Radiohead.

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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.

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    Katarina Jazbec

    In her works, the artist and filmmaker Katarina Jazbec creates new forms of narrative in which she explores vital questions of ethics, identity, freedom, justice, and economic inequality.

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    Nadia Kaabi-Linke

    In her work, Nadia Kaabi-Linke is particularly interested in the correlations between political, economic and sociocultural contexts as well as the constructions of identity, memory and perception.

    DSC 5683 Fotografie Robert Vanis Artist ©

    Stephanie Lüning

    The artistic work of Stephanie Lüning often intervenes in urban infrastructures and creates dream-like scenarios.

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    Melanie Manchot

    Melanie Manchot’s projects operate at the interface of documentary and staged form, approaching certain sites, public spaces, and groups or communities with great sensitivity.

    Portrait Nik Nowak Photo Hinata Ishizawa jpg Artist ©

    Nik Nowak

    In his multimedia work, Nik Nowak concentrates on the affective dimensions and potentials of sound and space so as to redefine the boundaries of form between installations, sculptures, and paintings.

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    Yuri Pattison

    Yuri Pattison explores how new technologies – such as the digital economy or online communication – fundamentally affect and modify the conditions of social life.

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    Joanna Piotrowska

    Joanna Piotrowska's works possess a dream-like atmosphere, leaving the viewer feeling moved and with a confusing, sometimes eerie sensation.

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    Kameelah Janan Rasheed

    The artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed considers herself a learner. In her interdisciplinary practice, she explores technologies and rituals used to generate, share, store and conceal knowledge.

    Alicja Rogalska Photo Jasper Kettner for DAAD Artist ©

    Alicja Rogalska

    Wesentlich für die interdisziplinäre Praxis von Alicja Rogalska ist die Beschäftigung mit den sozialen Strukturen und den politischen Subtexten unseres Alltags.

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    Nora Turato

    In spoken word performances, as well as in colourful large-format text images and objects by artist Nora Turato, language is the central medium.

    Viron Erol Vert 2021 c Roland Baege 2 Artist ©

    Viron Erol Vert

    In his artistic practice, Viron Erol Vert probes – against the background of his own intercultural experiences – identity constructs and different aspects related to the self and the other.

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    The Wig

    For Ruhr Ding: Schlaf, the Welsh artist Angharad Williams as part of the collective The Wig adevelops a work for the Makroscope rooms.