“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. In September, 15 artists will show 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 negotiate possible solutions.
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”.
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 will be framing the exhibition. Most of the artists will be present for the opening. A documentation of all projects of the past ten years of CAT Cologne will be available throughout the exhibition. A catalogue will be published at the closing of the exhibition.
 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.
Cosima von Bonin
Daan den Houter
Adam J. Scarborough
September 4-27 2020
Saturday, September 5th, 2020, 12-21 pm
with performances by Ntando Cele, Daan den Houter, Evamaria Schaller and Reut Shemesh
Im Bogen, Am Salzmagazin 7-9
for further events see “events”
The exhibition is curated by Julia Haarmann and Khanyisile Mbongwa.