Intervention in public space, two performers, white tape
The temporary home for asylum seekers near Ebertplatz, launched in the 1990s, rented by the City of Cologne, measuring 20 x 10 meters, has five floors and shelters about 70 asylum seekers of over 30 nationalities, cultural backgrounds and varying ethnicities and religions at a time. Some habitants stay for a few weeks, others stay for over a year depending on the processes. Families as well as single traveling men and women are located here. About 500 meters away from it, its basic ground floor is taped onto the ground of Ebertplatz, the largest open public place in Cologne. Focusing on the urban, the process of taping highlights the active and conscious act of space making and taking, addressing political, spatial, ethic and cultural elements of the current subjects of asylum and migration.
The public intervention M/TAKING SPACE builds on the work HOME AWAY FROM HOME displayed simultaneously at Sightfenster, an art space situated in the vitrine of this very temporary home for asylum seekers. The work was developed for Cityleaks festival 2017 with the theme “Sharing Cities”.
Cityleaks Festival, Cologne, DE, 2017
Cityleaks Festival 2017 curated by Iren Tonoian and Georg Barringhaus