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.


Opening

The grand opening of Healing Complex will take place on Friday, 3.6. The church will be open to the public from 1 pm on that day.


Address

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

Events


  • Friday
    17 h
    Gelsenkirchen
    Exhibition
    3.6.

    Opening Healing Complex (2018—ongoing)

  • To kick things off, we are installing a large baking oven with a workshop area in the middle of the building. In the future, concerts, baking events, recreational activities and hands-on workshops for all ages will take place here, where baking and sauna customs can be shared across cultures, religions and nationalities.

    From 5 pm:
    Ceremonial opening with greetings and introduction to the Healing Complex by Britta Peters, Artistic Director Urbane Künste Ruhr

    From 6 pm:
    Communal baking with parallel conversation between the artist Irena Haiduk and the designer and curator Prem Krishnamurthy

    From 7 pm
    End of the evening with DJ set

    The church will be open from 1 pm.

    Other events around the opening:

    Saturday, 4.6.
    12 pm—4 pm
    Open creative workshop with children and young people

    Sunday, 5.6.
    12 pm—3 pm
    Open creative workshop with children and young people

    4 pm
    Artist talk with Irena Haiduk and Britta Peters


  • Saturday
    12—16 h
    Workshop
    4.6.

    Healing Complex: Open Creative Workshop

  • Together with experienced workshop leaders, children, young people and adult visitors can make their own kiln tiles on the opening weekend of Healing Complex and thus help to create a part of the Healing Complex itself: The tiles will be used during the exhibition period to cover the oven on site. There are also other opportunities to get creative in the Complex. The artist invites all visitors to create and produce their own currency using the frottage technique (rubbing through surfaces) and the reliefs she has designed. In addition, visitors to the Healing Complex can go in search of other unusual surfaces that will be used to create a joint frottage carpet.


  • Sunday
    16—17 h
    Artist Talk
    5.6.

    Artist Talk with Irena Haiduk and Britta Peters


  • Sunday
    12—15 h
    Workshop
    5.6.

    Healing Complex: Open Creative Workshop

  • Together with experienced workshop leaders, children, young people and adult visitors can make their own kiln tiles on the opening weekend of Healing Complex and thus help to create a part of the Healing Complex: The tiles will be used during the exhibition period to cover the oven on site. There are also other opportunities to get creative in the Complex itself. The artist invites all visitors to create and produce their own currency using the frottage technique (rubbing through surfaces) and the reliefs she has designed. In addition, visitors to the Healing Complex can go in search of other unusual surfaces that will be used to create a joint frottage carpet.

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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.