AiR Treffen 2010
Artist-in-Residence Treffen Ruhr 2010
October 14 & 15, 2010
In Germany as well as in the Netherlands many artist-in-residence programs have come into existence. But, however near both countries, there is not that much knowledge about what is happening in the AiR-sector on the other side of the border. That's why Kunsthaus Essen, Künstlerhaus Dortmund and Trans Artists organized AiR Treffen: a meeting for and about AiR-organizations from the Netherlands and the Ruhr area.
The AiR Treffen was a big success. The meeting lived up to its aim to learn from each other's visions and practice, to explore possible future collaborations and to see what kind of challenges lie ahead.
It was a great AiR Treffen in Kunsthaus Essen and Künstlerhaus Dortmund! More than 60 people attended two intensive days of brainstorming on new developments in the AiR sector, and reflected upon them from a mutual Dutch-German perspective. Most participants represented artist-in-residence centers and international guest studios. Others represented cities, museums, and 'Kultursekretariaten'. And there were also artists present, and art professionals such as art project coordinators and cultural managers.
Air Treffen Day 1 Kunsthaus Essen
At Kunsthaus Essen all participants gave each other an overview of their programmes and intentions. The first panel "AiR-Flux" made an inventory of current developments. The second panel discussed the resident artist as "Long-Distance Romancer".
AiR Treffen Day 2 Künstlerhaus Dortmund
Day 2 at Künstlerhaus Dortmund took a more abstract turn, discussing the ways in which AiR programs generate new useful concepts and structures such as "co-working structures" and "alternative academies".