“Process as Resistance, Resilience and Regeneration“
The artist residence CAT Cologne celebrates 10 years of process-oriented work


Cologne’s only artist residence, CAT Cologne, celebrates its tenth anniversary with a group exhibition in an unusual location. Fifteen artists showed process-oriented works in an archway near Cologne Central Station. In response to the recent general socio-global insecurity and in search of a new consensus, these negotiated possible solutions.

curated by Julia Haarmann and Khanyisile Mbongwa




Cosima von Bonin
Felipe Castelblanco
Ntando Cele
Ilka Geyer
Daan den Houter
Sam Hopkins
Hiwa K
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Camilo Pachón
Claudia Robles-Angel
Adam J. Scarborough
Evamaria Schaller
Reut Shemesh
Javier Tapia

Performances, interactive and time-based media unfold from three perspectives. This includes processes informing the work prior to production which are mostly related to community knowledge, cultural and biographical background. Processes that unfold at the moment of production take a look at synergies and networks. The third perspective focuses on methods of outreach and activation that ideally manifest as sustainable effects such as advancing social change or ecological awareness. Art becomes a statement, a tool to take action and to examine complex layers of our living conditions. Instead of suggesting potential solutions, the catalyst potential inherent to the arts is rather to point to the actual questions and to raise awareness. The exhibition therefore sets up a specific context for such “’catalysing figures’ (…) capable of inventing and activating new visions of a reality of which countless details tend to slip unnoticed past the common gaze, influenced not only by the stereotypes broadly promoted in the mass media, but also by a widespread amnesia with regard to civil and human rights”. [1]

Although the exhibition doesn’t suggest a particular navigation, there are still three fields, each suggesting a specific mode. The works by Cosima von Bonin, Daan den Houter, Ntando Cele, Evamaria Schaller, Reut Shemesh and Adam J. Scarborough open the exhibition with methods of changing roles and dealing with embodiment, perception and expectation. In the second room Javier Tapia, Sam Hopkins, Ilka Geyer, BorderlessTV and Felipe Castelblanco deal with the topics of narration, counter-narration and story telling. The fields of history, reality (s) and clashes in between them are addressed. Immersive, interactive and performative installations by Hiwa K, Claudia Robles-Angel and Camilo Pachón conclude the exhibition. Here, discursive arguments are physically negotiated, body signals are translated into visual and audible stimuli and co-creativity is practiced by a machine.

With its focus on socially engaged and community-based work, CAT (‘Community Art Team’) has hosted more than 50 international artists and projects since 2010. To respond to the fact that the projects usually set focus on processes stipulated during the residencies and mostly manifest outside the white cube, works deriving from these and related projects are now translated into an exhibition context. They are further complemented with works by artists associated to the program. The exhibition is located in an urban setting, which is both protected yet characterized by mobility and transit, offers an ideal environment to experience the process-oriented work. The public space is informed by permanent negotiation, thus critically engaging with the fixiticy of formal structures. This environment takes into account the transformative character of the works.

Special events such as performances, artist talks and Dinner Parties framed the exhibition. A documentation of all projects of the past ten years of CAT Cologne and an exhibition catalogue is available through CAT.

[1] Ambrozoic, Mara, “Regeneration”, in: “Art as a Thinking Process. Visual Forms of Knowledge Production” ed. by Ambrozoic, Mara, and Vettese, Angela, 2013, pp 30-38, p. 33.





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