Big housing blocks and a special design of the pedestrian zone. The entrance area with monumental modern art and a multiple fountain system. The situation today shows the lost dream of a boom town. Similar areas could be imagined in post-socialistic cities. How to react to this area?
The representative architecture has lost its sense of purpose. Only a few stores remain and there are only a few visitors. It is the dead end of the old centre. To clarify the meaning of this area, it will be necessary to try to create a new settlement.
Perhaps there is the possibility of giving public space back to the residents, to change public space into private space. (Or to be precise, it will be a confrontation between public and private space.) There could be a long narrow area of garden plots which are for residents’ use. There will be a starting point for actopolis: Parzelle 1


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  • Pedestrian Plotting

    12 September 2016 08:53 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos aus Actopolis_c_Daniel Ladnar/Urbane Künste Ruhr 2016
    In the midst of the city’s former pedestrian zone Dirk Schlichting positioned this row of garden plots. The initial phase featured the allotment of a ‘sample garden’, thus assigning a new function to a designated area and creating a juxtaposition of representation and privacy, of old and new urban space. Residents were then able to rent the sample garden to hold a spontaneous barbecue or spend a summer afternoon relaxing in the garden.


    30 August 2016 13:05 by ACTOPOLIS

    On the 31st of August 2016, Actopolis Oberhausen curators will get rid of the old city to make space for a new one. Find out what follows on the eleven days after their Destruction Workshop in the programme of We Are Building a New City!


© Till Schlichting
Dirk Schlichting

Dirk Schlichting

© Till Schlichting
Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Dirk Schlichting was born in Düsseldorf in 1965. Between 1988-1995 he studied at the Art Academy in Münster under Prof. Joachim Bandau. In 1992 he was a master student and was awarded the "Förderpreis der Gemeinde Everswinkel" and the "Förderpreis Studiogalerie XVI" in 1993.He is a member of the Westdeutscher and Deutscher Künstlerbund and lives and works in Herne and Dortmund.

Dirk Schlichting's main interest is sculptural work with a focus on site and space-specific installations. His installations are often designed as temporary interventions.
Examples of his work include:
2015 stiegenmuseum.ebensee, Festival der Regionen, Ebensee/ Austria;
2012 erwartet, Kunstkirche Bochum;
2010 Expedition, liquid area/ waterways, Städtische Galerie Herne; 2010 schrankenlos, grenzgebiet ruhr, Westpark Bochum;
2008 Innere, Dortmunder Kunstverein; and
2003 Panorama, Sukun/ Stille, Mobile Städt. Galerie im Museum Folkwang, Essen
© geheimagentur


© geheimagentur
Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

geheimagentur is an open collective; people who have participated in geheimagentur projects are free to use the label "geheimagentur" for future projects. In order for this to work, we remain anonymous ‒ geheimagentur translates as "secret agency". Thus, it is difficult for us to provide "personal info" - but we have recently celebrated our 12th birthday.

geheimagentur produces situations and institutions that appear to be fictional but then nonetheless withstand the test of reality. The performances of geheimagentur cross the boundaries of symbolic politics towards "instant pleasure": they create a miniature version of another reality rather than confirming the old world in critical gestures. geheimagentur is an independent label, an open collective and the attempt to practise the "art of being many".