Healing Complex: Summit – A day of conversations and sauna

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Initiated and realized by Irena Haiduk and Urbane Künste Ruhr under the artistic direction of Britta Peters, the Healing Complex (2018–ongoing) has been open to the public since June 3, 2022, in Gelsenkirchen-Erle. At the center of this work, developed specifically for the Ruhr region, is a communal multi-purpose oven powering a public bakery and a forthcoming sauna area, a nourishing and warm place in line with methods used to heal and restore natural habitats in this former industrial region. Healing Complex is supported by an economy of labor exchange free of traditional means of money-based transactions. The economic concept in the Healing Complex includes engraved furniture by Irena Haiduk, used for on-site frottage, as well as a wide range of workshop activities.
At the Summit, we’d like to work with attendees, invited artists and experts to envision the function(s) of community spaces and learn from each other with a view to other projects. While the wood-fired saunas outside on the forecourt spread a welcoming warmth, inside the Healing Complex, we present a variety of linked projects that tackle spa and cleansing culture and issues of communal living and shared resources: how can public spaces be used in a way that meets the needs of those who use them? Can we practise the sharing of work and expertise in a collaborative way? How can art contribute? In addition to many short project presentations and a closing event with discussion and music, the film screening Reinigungsrituale und andere Flüsse (Purification Rituals and other Rivers), where two new films on the Emscherkunstweg will be shown, creates a direct link to the subject matter and the region.
We invite you to gather, help shape the day's events, relax in the sauna and celebrate a pleasant Healing Complex closing event. In March 2023, we’ll move ahead with new ideas for the location – we’d love for you to join us.


11 am – Warm up
Inside the Healing Complex, attendees can help design creative tiles, bake bread and other treats, and have a chat over a hot drink. There are two mobile saunas in the forecourt that are available for use once they’ve warmed up.

1 pm – Keynote talks and project presentations
Inside the Healing Complex, guest speakers present a variety of linked projects that tackle spa and cleansing culture and issues of communal living and shared resources. Samia Abed and Sajida Al Shikan from kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.) in Oberhausen present their community-based work and projects Refugees’ Kitchen and GENAU – GEmeinsam Neu Aufbauen, which allow people who are usually prevented by circumstances from getting involved in society and public life to actively participate. Florine Lindner, project manager at E-WERK Luckenwalde, introduces the project Performance Electrics, a non-profit energy generator providing power for the arts, and the challenges of presenting a contemporary exhibition programme for a wide audience in rural areas. Freelance project manager Florian Tampe is interested in how people bring places to life, asks questions about shame and brings saunas into the public space through a variety of projects. His latest SusiSauna is available to try at Summit. With the project SOUNA|Let’s Come Home a Little Different, the artists Kollektiv RISS and Golden Diskó Ship have joined forces. The SOUNA ritual interprets sauna culture as an inclusive, queer, feminist safe space where all bodies, genders and identities are welcome. At Healing Complex: Summit, artists introduce the project in a presentation with a documentary retrospective and performative style.

4 pm – Reinigungsrituale und andere Flüsse
Screening of two new films on the Emscherkunstweg by Ani Schulze and Alina Schmuch. After the showings, the artists will speak to Marijke Lukowicz, curator for the Emscherkunstweg at Urbane Künste Ruhr.

6 pm – Closing discussion and cookery session
To round off the event, speakers and attendees come together for a closing discussion. Tim Voss, who navigates artistic and sociocultural contexts with Full Mouth – a mobile cookery and talk show – chats, presents and cooks with the guests.

8 pm – DJ set by Nikity and Anna Cainelli (E.P.I.Q. DJ Collective)

With Samia Abed, Sajida Al Shikan, E.P.I.Q., Irena Haiduk, Florine Lindner, Marijke Lukowicz, Britta Peters, Kollektiv RISS and Golden Diskó Ship, Alina Schmuch, Ani Schulze, Florian Tampe, Tim Voss and other guests


Participation in the Summit is free of charge. The mobile saunas on the forecourt of the Healing Complex can be used all day long after heating up. Instruction on how to use them will be provided on site. Please remember to bring your own towel. In the outdoor area there is a possibility to take a (cold) shower after the sauna and relax in a rest area.


The current Covid-19 regulations apply. We recommend wearing a medical face mask.


Nicole Trzeja
Head of production Healing Complex
+49 170 37 12 87 8


Healing Complex – Ehemalige Kirche St. Bonifatius
Cranger Straße 338-342
45891 Gelsenkirchen


  • Saturday
    11—22 h

    Healing Complex: Summit – A day for debating and sauna

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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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    kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.)

    kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.) was founded in 2006 by Ateliers Stark and Tank-FX and is a laboratory for unusual interventions, based in the water tower of Oberhausen's central station.

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    Kollektiv RISS und Golden Diskó Ship

    For the project SOUNA|Let's Come Home a Little Different Kollektiv RISS (Wiebke Frerichs and Malin Walleser) and Golden Diskó Ship (Theresa Stroetges) have joined forces.

    2 E WERK Luckenwalde aerial photograph 2019 Copyright of E WERK Luckenwalde and Tim Haber Artist ©

    Florine Lindner

    Florine Lindner is a freelance producer, dramaturge and researcher. She works in interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, philosophy and politics.

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    Marijke Lukowicz

    Marijke Lukowicz is an art historian with a focus on 20th and 21st century art. Since December 2018, she has been working at Urbane Künste Ruhr as curator for the Emscherkunstweg project.

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    Alina Schmuch

    Based on photography and its extension in the medium of film, Alina Schmuch uses artist's books, video and installation to investigate the interaction between the visual medium and reality.

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    Ani Schulze

    Ani Schulze works with video, sculpture and multimedia spatial installations. Her practice explores the relationship between the human body and its environment and the construction of femininity.

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    Florian Tampe

    Florian Tampe lives and works in Hamburg. In his work he deals in with spaces, materials and the people for whom he constructs them.

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    Tim Voss

    Tim Voss studied visual communication at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts until 2005. Since then he has worked in the artistic direction of various art institutions.

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    Nikity and Anna Cainelli (E.P.I.Q. collective)

    E.P.I.Q. is a collective of eight DJs based in Cologne who transcend genre boundaries from Soul to Hip-Hop, RnB to World Pop, House to Breakbeats, Bass to UK Garage and more.