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THE HUDDLE Produktionsfoto c Heinrich Holtgreve

In THE HUDDLE, Katja Aufleger makes several pieces of construction machines – stripped of their functions and redefined – enter into an unconventional dialogue. In sport, the word „huddle“, that gives the piece its title, refers to a gathering of the team in order to discuss strategy for its next move. In similar fashion to her 2021 installation Applause, where an excavator clapped its hands powerfully, the Berlin-based artist develops a language of her own for machines whose gestures and movements also follow their own internal logic. The familiar sight of construction machines outdoors in public spaces is made stranger and gives rise to new associations: is this archaic-seeming group perhaps directly related to the most modern robots? Are they trying to tell us something – or are they no longer concerned about interacting with us humans? Katja Aufleger has become well-known in recent years for her powerful pictures and sculptures loaded with tension, which permit many different interpretations without slipping towards banality. How she masters this balancing act and whether we, as spectators, observe the interplay or trigger it, can be found out on the forecourt of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.

With THE HUDDLE (playoff), artist Katja Aufleger uses augmented reality to show suspenseful moments between excavators that can be experienced at selected locations in Bochum's urban space. Via smartphone or tablet, the excavators can be accessed from August 11 here or by scanning a QR code. The web-based application accesses the camera of the devices.

A video documentation of THE HUDDLE can be found on our YouTube channel.


The work will be on view on the forecourt of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum from 11.8.
An der Jahrhunderthalle 1
44793 Bochum


Mon—Fri 12 pm—8 pm
Sat—Sun 12 pm—10 pm


The talk with the artist Katja Aufleger, Barbara Frey, Artistic Director of the Ruhrtriennale 2021-2023, and Britta Peters, Artistic Director Urbane Künste Ruhr, will take place on Saturday, 13 August at 3 pm on the forecourt of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.


An Der Jahrhunderthalle 1
44793 Bochum

THE HUDDLE (playoff)
Westpark, Wiese hinter der Turbinenhalle
44793 Bochum

THE HUDDLE (playoff)
44793 Bochum

THE HUDDLE (playoff)
Platz des europäischen Versprechens
44787 Bochum

THE HUDDLE (playoff)
Rathaus, Willy-Brandt-Platz
44787 Bochum

preview Video


  • Saturday
    15 h
    Artist Talk

    Artist Talk with Katja Aufleger, Barbara Frey und Britta Peters

  • Th.—Su.
    11.8.— 18.9.

    Katja Aufleger: THE HUDDLE

  • Porträt Katja Aufleger Andrzej Steinbach Artist ©

    Katja Aufleger

    Die künstlerischen Arbeiten von Katja Auleger beobachten mit ästhetischer Präzision (gesellschaftliche) Zusammenhänge und Systeme kritisch und sind von einem subtilen Humor durchzogen.