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The Futurism of Industrial Cities – 100 Years of Wolfsburg/Nowa Huta

[ Exhibition project ]
The planned cities of Wolfsburg in Germany and Nowa Huta near Kraków in Poland are among the very few newly founded cities of the 20th century in Europe. In both cities, social, economic, and urbanistic ideologies were rudimentarily implemented – which, however, reflected widely diverging ideas of modern urban life in an industrial society and in which the respective national history unmistakably manifested itself. Since Wolfsburg as well as Nowa Huta were designed as workers’ settlements, they are particularly affected by the current transformation of industrial society, a transformation that will radically change both cities, albeit in very different ways.

In 2038 and 2049, Wolfsburg and Nowa Huta will respectively be one hundred years old. The project anticipates the anniversaries in imaginative and speculative ways and uses the years 2038 and 2049 as a framework for looking back from a future viewpoint into the then centenarian past. Tendencies in the development of labour, mobility, ecology, and society can be discussed exemplarily by means of an imagined anticipation of the future of Wolfsburg and Nowa Huta.

As part of “The Futurism of Industrial Cities – 100 Years of Wolfsburg/Nowa Huta”, German and Polish artists discuss visions of future working worlds and forms of society with experts from both countries and residents of both cities and develop artistic works about such visions. The joint work and the insights gained from it deepen mutual understanding. They can moreover generate ideas, for instance concerning the concept of labour, that are of more than local, national, or binational significance.

A catalogue presenting the works of the 14 participating artists and texts written by 15 authors will be released in November 2006.
Kunstverein Wolfsburg
Łaźnia Nowa, Cracow-Nowa Huta
Wolfsburg: 10 Dec. 2005 – 19 Feb. 2006
Nowa Huta: 14 Oct. – 12 Nov. 2006
Participating Institutions
Kunstverein Wolfsburg
Łaźnia Nowa, Cracow-Nowa Huta
Goethe-Institut Krakau
Dream Cities and Ghost Towns
Working or not Working?
projects on the topic:
[ Electronic music and art in Bytom and Wolfsburg ]
Unwanted Heritage/Moderne Heimat Leipzig
[ Views of architectural modernism in Gdańsk, Sopot and Leipzig, Exhibition project ]
The Mousetrap
[ An international conference on dealing with institutions in contemporary curatorial practice ]
Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space
[ Works 1965–2005 ]
[ Theatre between visual arts and dance ]

Martin Kaltwasser, Jakub Szreder