Over a period of three semesters several seminars were organized at the KHM to prepare an exhibition titled »Heavy Matter« which was shown at the ISEA 2010 in Dortmund, Germany. (Foto: Echo Ho, Lasse Scherffig, Yacht Kaiserstuhl)
– SS 2009 Seminar together with Gabriele Gramelsberger titled: »Datencyclotron – Kritische Forschung zur Materialität des Datenuniversums«. In this seminar the terms »Schwerdatenforschung« und »Datencyclotrons« were used as an ironic-subversiv starting point for an artistic dispute about the expanding universe of digital data. The virtuality of digital data and codes tend to hide the fact that behind the weightless bits there is a heavy industry of data lines, supercomputers, and tons of devices running.
– WS 2009/10 Seminar with Gabriele Gramelsberger, Mathias Antlfinger, and Ute Hörner titled: »Materie/Materialize«. This seminar tried to sound out the interaction between processes of materializing and de-materializing.
– SS 2010 Seminar with Lasse Scherffig, Anneka Metzger, Ute Hörner, Echo Ho, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Mathias Antlfinger. This last seminar was concentrating on the realization of the projects for the exhibition at the end of the semester.
A starting point for the whole project was an industrial coke plant in Dortmund: “Kokerei Kaiserstuhl”. When it was opened in 1992 it was the most advanced coke plant in Europe. Only 8 years later, in 2000 it was closed and sold sold to China. Thus it was disassembled by severeal hundred chinese workers and prepared for shipping. (Watch the Film »Losers and Winners« by Ulrike Franke und Michael Loeken from year 2006.) We planned the exhibition on the areal of the former plant. At the time when we planned the exhibition only the skeleton was left and the heart of the plant was already rebuild in China. But in the end we were not authorized to use the space in instead the »Westfalen Forum Dortmund« in the center of the city was offered. It was build in 1996 and in 2010 also was a sort of industrial ruin.