Paradoxes of the Public - Art in Public Spaces


A jury of internationally renowned experts has now chosen the five award winners of the
“Paradoxes of the Public” competition in Duisburg.

The 1st prize, which is endowed with 5,000.00 euros, goes to Felix Lüdicke and Korbinian
(Vienna/Munich) for their work “Kaiserberg - woher - wohin?” (Kaiserberg -
wherefrom? - whereto?). The jury awarded the 2nd prize, endowed with 3,000.00 euros, to
the Swiss group île flottante for their work “Expansion sonore”. The three prizes carrying
2,500 euros each go to Birte Hennig (Braunschweig) for her photographic work “Was hier
wohl mal reinkommt...?” (I wonder what they’ll put in here....?), Heike Mutter and Ulrich
(Duisburg/Hamburg) for their installation “Für eine Ökonomie des Tauschens” (For an
economy of swapping) at the Duisburg CityPalais and Karin Lingnau and Martin Hesselmeier
for their work “SARoskop” (SARoscope).

All in all, 355 artists from 20 countries including Australia, the United States, Canada,
Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Morocco and the whole of Europe: Italy, Spain,
Portugal, England, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland,
Finland and Croatia, submitted their works to this competition, organized for the first time by
the city of Duisburg and the Duisburg Marketing GmbH in co-operation with the Cultural
Capital RUHR.2010.


Art keeps "the public" alive

Category Other Competition / Competition Result
Type International Art Competition
Genre Art
Country Germany
RegDeadline 24 Aug 2007 GoogleCal iCal
1 Oct 2007 (Must be Postmarked)
Eligibility Artists and artists’ groups working in the fields of visual arts, media arts, performance, architecture, urban research, spatial planning who completed their degree or, in the case of self-educated persons, have practised their profession for a minimum of

The goal of this competition, in preparation for 2010, the year of the European Capital of Culture in the Ruhr, is to initiate new art forms adapted to changed public spaces that take into account the perceptions of the users of a city (as drivers, consumers and telecommunications users) and will ideally invite people to participate.

It has become virtually impossible to talk of the public space per se today. We are observing a growing division into different fragments of public space while public and private space are being telescoped into each other. These changes force us to investigate a different perception of public space and look for ways in which art can move in this crisis-ridden, paradox and constantly re-conquered space. For it is through this quest for the status of the public that art keeps “the public” alive.

Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer, Prof. Dr. Christoph Brockhaus, Dr. Söke Dinkla, Prof. Dr. Raminta Jurenaite, Prof. Christoph Schenker, Gerfried Stocker, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ullrich, Sigurd Trommer, Dr. Bernd Wiemann and Jens Schönhorst

Competition Type
One-Stage, This competition is not anonymous

1st Prize: 5,000 euros / 2nd Prize: 3,000 euros / 3rd Prize: 2,500 euros / Two Special Prizes: 2,500 euros each for an artist
It is proposed to realize three of the award-winning works in May 2008 for a limited period of time as part of the festival “Duisburger Akzente―State Cultural Festival of North Rhine-Westphalia”. A total budget of 15,000 euros per work will be available for the realization of the works. The jury will make recommendations for the realization of the award-winning works. The final decision concerning the realization is incumbent upon the organizer.

Entry Fee

Concept (text: Two A4-sized pages), a technical description (text: One A4-sized page) and up to five visualizations (printed images or photos), etc.

Questions: August 29th, 2007
Answered: September 5th, 2007
Announcement of Winners: November 2007
Award ceremony: May 2008 at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg

City of Duisburg and Duisburg Marketing GmbH

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