Heilig Kreuz, St. Godehard, St. Magdalenen, St. Mauritius: Churches and their neighbourhoods in dialogue
The cooperation project connect churches and their districts. It creates opportunities to re-explore one’s own neighbourhoods, to learn more about light, and to talk about the many metaphors associated with light. During the EVI LICHTUNGEN these districts present in their churches site-specific works of international artists from Germany, the Middle East, North America and North Africa. In addition, presentation sites throughout the district will report on research, workshops and networking of the LUX MUNDI PROJECT.
CHURCHES IN THE DISTRICTS
VIS-A-VIS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
In the framework of LUX MUNDI, neighborhood projects are being created that deal with light as material, medium and metaphor in various ways. The focus is on creative exercises to learn and understand more about light.
On January 24, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in discussion with the hosts and their neighbours the artists present their work, all of which were developed with reference to the location and its surroundings. During the dress rehearsal, they talk about experiences and discoveries that go hand-in-hand with context and site-specific ways of working and their interest in working in Hildesheim.
For the period of three month students of cultural studies develop site- and context specific projects to activate the neighbourhoods, to bring light into discussion and to strengthen neighbourhood identity.
“In situ” is part of many technical terms, i.a. in medicine and natural sciences, technology and art. It is a latin term and is translated as “at the place” or “at the original place”. In art, it is used to express that a work was developed in a place, for a situation or in relation to a concrete context.
The IN-SITU-PROJECTS of LUX MUNDI sensitize for the peculiarities of artistic in-situ-working methods and the associated reflectiveness. Site-specific working artists react to a situation that consists of topographical specifics, architectural aspects and associated contexts of experierence and meaning. They immerse themselves in the complexity of a place and explore the ramifications in order to reflect the obvious as well as the overlooked, the written and the adapted, the recognizable and the coded. On the basis of their observations and finds, they generate objects, performances or interventions in which the place and its interior becomes part of artistic material.
The IN-SITU-PROJECTS of LUX MUNDI promote the deepening of the visual experience and the exchange about the variety of seeing. They create new approaches to contemporary art as they strengthen individual experience as the starting point of contemplation. Many of the artists who work with physical light refer to perception as a co-creative and co-constituting process of each artwork. This has changed the nature of the works, its materiality and visual language. The status of the viewer is an active one. James Turrell sums it up: “I like to use light as a material, but my medium is actually perception. I want you to sense yourself – to see yourself seeing. ”
The IN-SITU-PROJECTS of LUX MUNDI enable concrete interventions in the public space, which make the city tangible as a dynamically active structure and encourage engagement. Where subjectivity is emphasized a priori by perception, the model of an objective, static and writable work dissolves. This also leads to a growing number and variety of installations and interventions, many of them are designed as re- or interactive, often with participatory concepts. The multiplication of perspectives as part of artistic research and aesthetic experience corresponds with the idea of the city as a collective space of the possible.