längs und quer zum fluss
Exhibition project for the IBA’27-Festivalin July 2023 on the grounds of the Neckar spinning mill quarter NQ, Wendlingen
Cooperation between the artist Kathrin Wörwag and the HOS Group
8. – 29 . July 2023
Heinrich-Otto-Str. 64 73240 Wendlingen a. N.
Saturday, July 8 2023, 10 am – 10 pm
Welcome Andreas Decker (Managing Director HOS Group), Kathrin Wörwag (artist)
Introduction Christian Gögger, Artistic Director Kunstverein Esslingen
Performance Michael Roggon (Überlingen)
(IBA’27 festival on the grounds of the Neckar spinning district NQ)
Mo–Fr 10 am–6 pm
Hartmut Landauer (Stuttgart), Philip Kojo Metz (Berlin), Anja Schoeller (Nürnberg), Menja Stevenson (Stuttgart), ststs Stef Stagel/Steffen Schlichter (Kirchheim-Teck), Sylvia Winkler/Stephan Köperl (Stuttgart), Kathrin Wörwag (Kirchheim-Teck)
The exhibition project spans the arc from the historic production site of the Otto textile company to the present and future. Parallel to the IBA’27 Festival, in July 2023, action lectures and collaborative exchange will be added along and across the river.
The Neckar spinning mill of the Otto textile company in Wendlingen-Unterboihingen is one of the most important industrial monuments in south-west Germany and is to be developed into a future-oriented living and working area in the context of IBA’27. […]
Spatially highly concentrated, the development of industrial culture from the 19th to the second half of the 20th century can be seen today on the industrial area, on which production was still taking place until 2020. Work processes typical of the time, technical pioneering achievements, but also the social conditions of the textile industry at that time can be understood there.
The exhibition project along and across the river follows these traces and invites artists to engage artistically and reflectively with the Otto company context. Based on historical archive material and site-specific investigations, questions of the former yarn production of the Otto company in the transcontinental network of the textile and cotton industry are examined in connection with overarching, current and future aspects.
How has industrialization and series production determined our humanity to this day? What understanding of work has developed in industrial society? How do we face the global changes that we humans have brought about since the beginning of industrialization, in the age of the Anthropocene, today and in the future?