Schlafende Infrastrukturen

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The Wandersalon #30 Sleeping Infrastructures kicks off the event series Ermüdung und Versorgung, a cooperation between Urbane Künste Ruhr and the Institute for Theatre Studies at Ruhr University Bochum. With the series we are turning the spotlight on issues surrounding the concepts of sleep and infrastructure. The focus is on scientific and artistic perspectives on the body and time as well as on the interrelationships between visible and invisible infrastructures.


The Wanderersalon takes place in hybrid form. 2G+ applies on site and masks are compulsory. Please note: The capacity on site is exhausted, participation on site is only possible for registered persons. Interested persons can participate in the event digitally via Zoom.


Blue Square
Kortumstraße 90
44787 Bochum

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  • Wednesday
    19 h

    Schlafende Infrastrukturen

  • Performative lecture and discussion with Alina Schmuch, Jörn Etzold and Beny Wagner.

    To what extent are architecture and cities shaped by technologies and metadata? How does the interplay of visible and invisible infrastructures affect our relationship to a building? How are the interconnected public structures of exchange shaped and what role does photography play in their processes? It is these questions about the relationship between the hidden and the obvious, inside and outside, but also the physical and the technological that occupy artist Alina Schmuch in her work. In her current project Interior Spaces, she deals with the history and developments of water infrastructures in the Ruhr area. Her starting points are the historical image material from the photographic archive of the Emschergenossenschaft in Essen and new imaging processes from inspection robots. In conversation with Prof. Jörn Etzold and filmmaker and scientist Beny Wagner, Alina Schmuch provides insights into her research. Together they fan out the diverse questions that arise from tracking down the "sleeping" infrastructures.

    The Wandersalon #30 Schlafende Infrastrukturen kicks off the event series Ermüdung und Versorgung (Fatigue and Supply), a cooperation between Urbane Künste Ruhr and the Institute for Theatre Studies at Ruhr University Bochum. The series explores issues around sleep and infrastructures.

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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.