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“A contemplative guide to Cologne”

As an introduction to the workshop, the graffiti artist Javier Abarca shared experiences of his own search for new places for his art, which made him an expert in urban exploration. He drew parallels between the practices of action artists of the Situationists, the graffiti scene and the relatively new scenes such as geo-cachers and urban explorers and their relationship to urban space.

The common feature is the wanderings and appropriation of (urban) space to find the places that are off the busy streets and residential areas. There are abandoned buildings and fallow areas in the immediate vicinity of urban infrastructures or the enclosed spaces, without which the life and the constant flow of people and goods would be unthinkable. These unattractive places do not entice consumers with promises of consumption and new stimuli, and therefore remain terra incognita on the imaginary city maps, which merge with each of our paths – like a puzzle of memories – piece by piece into a cityscape.

“In order to be as aware as possible of your own chosen path to the destination,” said Abarca, “there would be no common starting point for the tours”. The description of the first place to find was received by the participants as a message on their mobile phone. Individually they began their way, to meet of with the other participants at the end.

The first tour led to Ehrenfeld, specifically to the former freight yard. A controversial location of the Cologne urban development policy, whose extensive grounds until recently still provided room for various creative and charitable projects. At the end of the first day, the participants were rewarded with a fantastic view over the city skyline.

The destination of the second day was a supposed no-man’s-land, isolated from the rest of the city by the railroad tracks that surround it. In a thicket of plants, barely visible trails led to an abandoned, small settlement of impromptu dormitories, including a near-complete living room setting, testifying that such self-reliant and remote locations are the last loopholes and real open spaces in an otherwise fully developed world of concrete and glass.


Get lost exploring…

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The fourth edition of the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival has come to an end, but that does not mean that there is no urban art left to discover in Cologne.

From now on you will find the current dates of our guided city tours for spring and summer 2018 on our website.

Of course, individual tours in German and English by prior appointment are possible. From a group of 10 or more people, we will be happy to arrange an individual discovery tour through Cologne for you. Detailed information and contacts can be found here.

We will keep you up to date and look forward to seeing you!

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CityLeaks Akademy 2017

CityLeaks Urban Art Festival’s fourth edition stands under the guiding topic of “Sharing Cities”. In the wake of a rapid global urbanization the uneven distribution of resources as well as the exploitation and pollution of the environment have grown into pressing problems. Commercialization and social fragmentation still determine life in the vast majority of our cities. A call for sustainable concepts of urban development as well as a society that is based on commons (common goods) is heard everywhere and the practice of sharing resources, goods, knowledge, experience etc. has been perceived as a necessity by many.

As part of CityLeaks Academy, artists, scholars and citizens jointly set out to explore the possibilities and potentials of a lively, sustainable and creative city. A critical engagement with consumption, space and digital culture is at the centre of the Academy’s debates. Support comes from a number of artists, scholars and experts that will discuss the challenges of a “Sharing City” with the audience. They will elaborate on processes of urban change and how citizens may participate in them; they conduct research on solidary economy, consumption, needs, acceleration and digital culture; and they invite us to discuss these topics in greater detail as part of several workshops. The topics and results of the Academy will be documented in a special process space on Ebertplatz. Moreover, all lectures may be followed via live stream on our webpage. CityLeaks Academy is located right in the middle of Cologne’s urban life. In 2017 it takes place in the Festival Centre on Ebertplatz. A great number of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and guided tours will be offered here.

More information on the Academy’s participants and programme is to follow here!

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Journal "Sharing Cities"

In our journal you will find all sorts of background stories, interviews and impressions from the festival. In the course of the festival the journal will grow steadily and inform you.

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CITYLEAKS URBAN ART FESTIVAL

The festival’s info point on Ebertplatz is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 1st to 24th September 2017 the fourth edition of the international CityLeaks Urban Art Festvial takes place. Under the guiding idea of „Sharing Cities“ the festival intervenes in the public space of Cologne’s northern city centre in 2017. Above all, the various meanings and forms of sharing within an urban society are focused in the festival’s activities. Fusing the city and art as a motor for thinking about utopias, about new ideas and concepts for urbanity are of central importance to CityLeaks.

The festival is under the patronage of Gabriele Hammelrath (SPD, Member of Landtag NRW)

 

Since 2011 CityLeaks Festival has been a biennial forum for contemporary urban art and culture. The public city space is our place of action and art our medium. We are supported by a great number of local agents and initiatives, but most of all by the artists themselves. They give fresh impetus to reclaiming public spaces in Cologne: House facades are turned into large-scale paintings, performances mingle with the city’s routine activities, light installations and video mappings turn architecture into radiant artworks at night and conceptual art projects intervene in well-ordered urban systems. A total of more than 100 international artists have come to Cologne at the festival’s invitation. Genres like performance, urban hacking, installation, mural painting or new media witness contemporary urban art’s impressive range. CityLeaks reclaims neglected places, plays at extraordinary architecture and aims a participatory art experience. Exhibitions, guided tours, panel discussions, workshops and music extend and complement the festival’s large programme. Collaboration and exchange with local, regional and (inter)national networks from culture, politics, academia and economy just as much as a lively dialogue with citizens, neighbourhood initiatives and the broad public distinguish the festival’s special character.

CITYLEAKS FESTIVAL CENTRE – A SPACE FOR EVERYONE

This September CityLeaks Festival Centre will find its temporary home in a location which could hardly be more symbolic of Cologne’s failed enthusiasm for major urban projects: the Ebertplatz in the northern part of Cologne’s city centre.

In a joint process with interested citizens, Berlin artist and architect collective ON/OFF will construct an organic and adaptable Festival Centre which will turn the square into an arena by way of wooden stands. Visitors are thus given the opportunity to sit down, dwell, work, exchange and make use of a temporary stage. CityLeaks Festival Centre on Ebertplatz is meant as a space for collective thinking, acting and dwelling. From 1st to 24th September 2017 it functions as an open space for artistic, social, sustainable and subversive interventions and also allows visitors to partake in the academic discourse just as much as in the lived practice of urban commoning. Because what is it that makes a city worth living in? How much do I want contribute? How much me is the city? – these are some of the questions that the invited artists and participants of CityLeaks Academy will discuss and work on with local citizens and visitors from abroad.

 

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CITYLEAKS FESTIVAL CENTRE – A SPACE FOR EVERYONE

This September CityLeaks Festival Centre will find its temporary home in a location which could hardly be more symbolic of Cologne’s failed enthusiasm for major urban projects: the Ebertplatz in the northern part of Cologne’s city centre.

In a joint process with interested citizens, Berlin artist and architect collective ON/OFF will construct an organic and adaptable Festival Centre which will turn the square into an arena by way of wooden stands. Visitors are thus given the opportunity to sit down, dwell, work, exchange and make use of a temporary stage. CityLeaks Festival Centre on Ebertplatz is meant as a space for collective thinking, acting and dwelling. From 1st to 24th September 2017 it functions as an open space for artistic, social, sustainable and subversive interventions and also allows visitors to partake in the academic discourse just as much as in the lived practice of urban commoning. Because what is it that makes a city worth living in? How much do I want contribute? How much me is the city? – these are some of the questions that the invited artists and participants of CityLeaks Academy will discuss and work on with local citizens and visitors from abroad.

 

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