artificial photography Copyright: © Astrid Piethan

The mining of lignite using the open pit method has been changing the landscape of the Rhenish mining area for decades. Whole swaths of land are being destroyed and dozens of villages resettled. New villages and landscape formations have been created - and continue to be created - that are crisscrossed by the technical infrastructure of an energy extraction process that has been at the center of countless social conflicts for many years.
Using photographic means, the seminar embarks on an experimental search for traces in this region and takes a look at the cultural and living spaces that are subject to this profound transformation. The processes of restructuring this space become legible through their temporality, through the passing of socio-cultural environments and traditions in tense comparison with new designs and formatting.
We take up the reorganization of this space creatively and go in search of images that can express this all-encompassing transformation; by fragmenting and reassembling images created on site, by breaking down image content into individual parts, by removing and applying, by uncovering layers, by returning to the space via projections onto three-dimensional bodies, by interleaving with archive material, scratching negatives, and much more. Through photographic interventions on site, through the return of photography to the place of action via projections and poster actions, and through the photographic documentation of these returns, we enter into a dialogue with the temporality of these processes and make them tangible and legible.

Date Opening event: Friday 21 April | 11:00 - 12:30 am | R215
Supervision as needed and individually arranged: individual appointments on Fridays between 11:00 - 13:00 | R215 or Zoom
Workshop: dates for the excursion will be arranged in the course

Astrid Piethan Prof. Thomas Schmitz