In 2018 a new international centre for literature opened at Burg Hülshoff, the birthplace of the famous poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Parallel to the ongoing renovation work and planned extensions to the historical building, this project has developed a wide-ranging artistic programme entitled “Build!” which will bring writers and poets together with architects, filmmakers, media artists, dancers, musicians and environmental activists. In workshops and joint artistic projects, they will examine and discuss the topic of nature in a public forum. What is nature in the Anthropocene? How do we talk about nature in times of urban gardening and global warming? Are ecology and architecture compatible, and how might we imagine a new ecology?
The project’s organisers plan to develop three major cross-disciplinary productions: a live radio play, a walk-through sculpture and a cinematic staging based on texts by well-known writers, such as Hamed Abboud, Ann Cotten and Yoko Tawada. The premieres of all three productions will take place at the “Natur am Bau” festival. The accompanying festival symposium “Ecology & Madness” will address extreme positions of climate-change scepticism and activism. The individual sub-projects and the festival will be documented in a digital exhibition, developed by the programmer and AR artist Bobby Rajesh Malhotra. The architect duo Umschichten will build actual temporary structures in the park grounds of Burg Hülshoff which explore the relationship of building and ecology.
Artistic director: Jörg Albrecht
Artists: Maria Cecilia Barbetta (DE/AR), Ann Cotten (AT), Rosalind Goldberg (NO), Michael Graessner, Laura Landergott (AT), Timothy Morton (US), Phill Niblock (US), Monika Rinck, Yoko Tawada (DE/JP), Studio Umschichten, Senthuran Varatharajah
nature studies workshop: Haus Rüschhaus, Münster: 14 – 17 Feb. 2019; transdisciplinary production 1/2/3: Burg Hülshoff, Havixbeck: 16 – 19 May 2019/ 11 – 15 Sep. 2019/ 26 – 29 Sep. 2019;