Replace advertising on billboards in public spaces with your art → Think large-scale, because you will be visible, in the places with the highest visibility → Be there and create public space → Your work in the public eye → for an audience, undisguised, diverse and unprepared
Artists of all genres are eligible to participate. The only condition is that their work of art must be displayable as a poster. Therefore only poster formats may enter the competition.
Reclaim is a collective of individuals initiating an award in Cologne that redefines public space as a place for art. From 20th to 30th of September 2019, billboards are rented and made available to artists as their individual exhibition space.
By creating this award, the Reclaim collective contributes to the city’s appeal and enriches its cultural life. The prize is to be awarded regularly in the third quarter of the year in Cologne. Billboards will be reclaimed from their mere commercial use by turning them into spaces of artistic expression and reflection. Their panels become experimental spaces. Depicting diversity, they are inspiring dispute about the use of public space and serve the individual expression of the independent artists. Hence, Reclaim calls for a competition in which the winners will exhibit their work as an 18/1 poster on large scale billboards rented by Reclaim in central city areas over a period of 10 days. The submitted works must deal with the subject »Design and Use of Public Space«. Emerging and established Artists of all nations and genres will be asked to submit their works. A jury of internationally recognized professionals will select the art works for this urban exhibition.
Format: 3×4 landscape
create public space
Born in 1975 in Heinsberg, Germany, is one of the most important protagonists of the contemporary art of computer generated imagery. The artist and musician lives and works in Aachen where he also manages a music label and a project space. Since 2002 he creates panel pictures on a computer. Ever since the second half of the zero years, the aspect of multidimensionality has gained significance for Berresheim. The readability of a picture is constantly being modified and therefore the idea of the final view on a central perspective keeps being questioned. Berresheim has last exhibited at the Aachener Kunstverein, the Art Space Riehen and at the Belmacz gallery in London.
Galerist, Gallery Biesenbach
Born in 1973 in Paris, Stéphane Biesenbach grew up in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. After studying fine arts in Paris and an ensuing stay in Berlin, Stéphane moved to Cologne where he founded his first gallery. Focussing on contemporary art, the Biesenbach Gallery represents established positions as well as promoting young international artists.
Programme Director Design at the Macromedia Academy, Cologne
Since 2008, Dr. Christof Breidenich has been professor of media and communication design and programme director Design at the Macromedia Academy in Cologne. In 1999, he received his PhD at the university of Wuppertal by Bazon Brock. Leading the workshop Pixel Painting during the past 20 years all over the world, he has conducted more than 350 performances and courses of team building and creativity training. In his work, he focusses on the historic, dramaturgic, aesthetic, scientific, methodological and artistic foundations of visual communication in print and interactive media.
Director, Photographic Collection/SK Cultural Foundation
Gabriele Conrad-Scholl, born 1961, studied at the Academy of Arts in Duesseldorf before becoming director of the Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in 2007. She received a scholarship by the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and compiled exhibitions and publications about August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Boris Becker, Joachim Brohm, Jim Dine, Judith Joy Ross, Wilhelm Schürmann among others. She has a penchant for concept-oriented documentary photography. Her main interest lies in juxtaposing historic and young photographic positions.
Director, German Society of Photography (DGPh)
Ditmar Schädel was born in 1960 in Stade, Germany. He studied arts, photography and literature at the University of Hildesheim. Between 1995 – 2001, he was the director of the ZMK (Centre of Arts and Music) at the Gerhard Mercator-University and Comprehensive University Duisburg. In 2001, he was appointed programme director arts and design of social sciences at the University of Duisburg and later held the same position at the faculty of engineering sciences. Since 2010, he has been chairman of the German Society of Photography (DGPh).
Anja K. Sevcik
Director, Dept. Baroque at Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud
Anja K. Sevcik, Ph Dr., (*1966) studied German language and literature, political sciences and art history at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany. 1995-2003 she was the curator of the collection of Ancient Art at the National Gallery Prague. In 2014, she became director of the department of Baroque arts at the Wallraf-Richartz museum in Cologne. In 2015, she curated (among others) the exhibition Godefridus Schalcken- Painted Seduction there. At present, she is preparing the show Inside Rembrandt, an hommage for the 350th death anniversary of the Dutch master opening on November 1st 2019 at the Wallraf.
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