Healing Complex Takeover

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Healing Complex (2018-ongoing) is an Urbane Künste Ruhr project initiated by artist Irena Haiduk that tests new forms of social interaction. In the third phase of the project, Urbane Künste Ruhr is now inviting two artists - found through an open call - to take part in a research and work residency. From April to the end of June 2024, Anne Arndt and Camilo Pachón will take over the site and develop a programme for the neighbourhood and other interested parties. The guests will become hosts and open the doors of the Healing Complex as an open studio, inviting people to workshops, walks and readings and seeking dialogue with visitors from Erle, Gelsenkirchen and the surrounding area. In this open process, the Takeover invites visitors to follow and actively participate in the artistic process.

Walking as a democratic means of transport is a central component of our urban experience. But how do we experience urban space and its paths? The evaluation of public space varies depending on the person and perspective - who is allowed to move, when and how? The artist Anne Arndt consciously devotes herself to walking without a practical purpose and invites us to perceive urban space through different lenses. Together with her and local contemporary witnesses, we would like to explore Erle from new perspectives. After the walks, we will meet for Hanging Out_ at the Healing Complex to examine, discuss and reflect on the cultural meanings of walking in our society.

How does community develop and function? What are common values? What do we want to share? What do we want to create together? Camilo Pachón's artistic work is based on the principle that all energy emanates from human relationships. With this in mind, he uses art as a tool to bring people together, connect them on different levels and create situations that encourage direct communication and interaction. Using masks, costumes and rituals from the carnival in the form of workshops and parades, the artist aims to transform the Healing Complex into a "masked temple", The Ancient Masked Temple, in whose transformation everyone should participate.


Open Studio

every
Thursday 15—19 h
Saturday 11—14 h


Programme

Walks and workshops:
every Saturday from 14 h

Admission to all events is free.


Accessibility

Information on accessibility can be found on the Healing Complex website


Address

Ehemalige St. Bonifatiuskirche
Cranger Straße 338-342
45891 Gelsenkirchen

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Events


  • Saturday
    18 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Takeover
    29.6.

    Closing event at the Healing Complex

  • After two wonderful, varied years, the Healing Complex project is coming to an end. We would like to celebrate this conclusion and farewell to the former St. Bonifatius church in Gelsenkirchen-Erle together with you: we cordially invite you to spend an evening with us with an artistic programme, music, talks and much more.


  • Saturday
    16 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Reading
    22.6.

    Hanging Out_ reading

  • Reading and discussion with Anne Arndt, Kamala Dubrovnik, Anneke Lubkowitz and others

    How do we move? What makes us move? How do we change from an individual body to a collective body that shapes the future? With the authors Kamala Dubrovnik and Anneke Lubkowitz and other guests, Anne Arndt talks about urban walking and perspectives on the city and its stories. Register now


  • Friday
    16—22 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    21.6.

    Day of the Sun

  • We celebrate the (almost) longest day of the year!
    With Camilo Pachón, Andi.Andean and the performers Calamidades Lola and Amuleto Manuela

    Every year, Camilo Pachón and his project ‘Carnaval Digital’ celebrate the summer solstice. In Gelsenkirchen, the day begins at 4 pm with a workshop led by musician Andi.Andean, in which the participants put together a drum ensemble. From 7 pm a series of musical interventions from all over the world will follow and the dance ritual Saca Sal by the performers Calamidades Lola and Amuleto Manuela at dusk.

    The number of participants in the drum workshop is limited to 15 people. The workshop will be held in English. Register now

    You can take part in the follow-up programme without registering.


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Walk
    15.6.

    Hanging Out_ walking + sharing

  • City walk and talk with Anne Arndt

    The city is full of stories: Architectural witnesses speak to us if we are willing to listen, local experts are connected to the neighbourhood through memories. The artist Anne Arndt invites us to perceive the urban space while walking and to combine existing knowledge with new discoveries and experiences during guided city walks.

    Afterwards, the participants will come together again to share their impressions. Everyone is also invited to bring their own photos, maps, stories, books or objects with a connection to Erle, Gelsenkirchen and the Ruhr region as well as to the themes of the city and walking and to share their knowledge about them. Register now


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    8.6.

    The Ex-Votos of your Inner Temple

  • With guest lecture ‘The Slavic Pagan Powers’
    Lecture by Anisia Affek and ceramics workshop with Camilo Pachón

    What connects people with nature? How can this connection be explored and possibly re-established? This event examines the world views of indigenous peoples in Colombia and relates them to the pagan rituals of Slavic cultures. Against this background, the participants will then work together to create ceramics inspired by the connection between humans and nature. Register now

    The workshop will be held in English.


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    1.6.

    The Spirit between the Mask and your Body

  • Workshop with Camilo Pachón and Maria Mercedes Flores Mujica

    Using masks, costumes and rituals from the carnival tradition, Camilo Pachón wants to transform the Healing Complex into a ‘masked temple’ and invites you to take part in this transformation. Using the mask as a transformative being and tool, the participants of this workshop will playfully explore rhythmic movements and body practices together with dancer and choreographer Maria Mercedes Flores Mujica. Register now

    The workshop will be held in English and German.


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Workshop
    25.5.

    Beyond the Costume: An Approach to the Spirit of Carnival

  • Lecture performance and mask workshop with Camilo Pachón

    In his lecture-performance, Camilo Pachón presents his research on the spiritual practices of carnival in Colombia, Mexico and Ghana. He examines masking as an ancient cultural technique that is still popular today: masks can dissolve the self and enable us to imagine new worlds and create new connections to people and ecosystems. Based on this, we will then make our own designs and masks. Register now

    The talk will be held in English.


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Walk
    18.5.

    Hanging Out_ walking + sharing

  • City walk and talk with Anne Arndt

    The city is full of stories: Architectural witnesses speak to us if we are willing to listen, local experts are connected to the neighbourhood through memories. The artist Anne Arndt invites us to perceive the urban space while walking and to combine existing knowledgewith new discoveries and experiences during guided city walks.

    Afterwards, the participants will come together again to share their impressions. Everyone is also invited to bring their own photos, maps, stories, books or objects with a connection to Erle, Gelsenkirchen and the Ruhr region as well as to the themes of the city and walking and to share their knowledge about them. Register now


  • Saturday
    14 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Walk
    11.5.

    Hanging Out_ walking + sharing

  • The city is full of (im)material witnesses, architectural scars speak to us – if we are willing to listen. Local experts are connected to the city in every corner through their numerous memories. During the neighbourhood exploration, the Hanging Out_walking, with artist Anne Arndt, we want to combine existing knowledge with new discoveries and experiences. At the Hanging Out_sharing afterwards, we would like to get together again and chat.


  • Fr.—Sa.
    Gelsenkirchen
    Takeover
    3.5.— 29.6.

    Healing Complex Takeover


  • Friday
    17—20 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Takeover
    3.5.

    Housewarming at Healing Complex

  • The Healing Complex Takeover kicks off with a housewarming: we invite all who are interested from and around Gelsenkirchen to get to know the artists Anne Arndt and Camilo Pachón while enjoying music and a relaxed atmosphere, gaining an insight into their projects and networking.

    Anne Arndt Porträt Foto Anne Arndt Artist ©

    Anne Arndt

    In her cross-media works, Anne Arndt critically and humorously scrutinises our public living space as a mirror of social cultures of power and remembrance.

    Camilo Porträt 1 Foto Sara Alvarado Artist ©

    Camilo Pachón

    With The Ancient Masked Temple, Camilo Pachón aims to create a collective space in the Healing Complex with a programme of workshops, readings, performances and the traditions of carnival.

    1 Artist ©

    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.