urban (col)laratory // Helen Stratford, architect/critical writer (UK) & Diana Wesser media/performance artist (D)
Since its construction in 1962 the image of the Ruhr University has changed from modern to depressive to monumental. Yet there are gaps in this monumental presence. The performative walk used the spaces of the university to explore the interactions of memories, practices and place alongside inviting the audience to take part in playful and performative gestures that build on existing fissures to find potential moments of play and imagination in order to disrupt, challenge and create new places – new spaces to speak and act from.
For one week urban (col)laboratory participated in research involving performative actions and questionnaires with students, alongside official histories of the university including the architect’s original concept for the masterplan and a published interview with the architect professor Helmut Hentrich.
urban (col)laboratory are Helen Stratford, architect/critical writer (UK) & Diana Wesser media/performance artist (D)
Photos by Martin Lücke