As part of the Nürtingen art and performance project “Kunst am Wegesrand” (“Art by the Wayside”), international artists will seek out and perform in significant and influential public places in Nürtingen from July 3rd to August 16th, 2021. This project is curated by conceptual and video artist Anette C. Halm, who currently holds a fellowship from the city of Nürtingen. The artists selected by Halm will present art installations and performances at specific locations throughout the city. The works refer to personalities known far beyond the city limits as well as to special places, events, and stories linked to Nürtingen.

As viewers stroll through public spaces, they’ll encounter a variety of thematic focuses, including homages, diary entries, a missing letter, body measurements, seagrass fairy dialogues, abstract forms of love, and much more. With this project, artist and organizer Anette C. Halm aims to provide the citizens and visitors of Nürtingen with a long-term and sustainable perspective on the city that is both refreshing and challenging.

While each artistic performance is a unique moment in time, the performative actions are captured in a digital app and processed for future walks through public spaces. This is made possible through the “Kunst am Wegesrand” app. Interested individuals are invited to take a walk through the city and encounter plaques (small signs) that provide information about past actions. From there, creative codes redirect the audience, allowing them to re-experience the performances via photos and videos on their smartphones.

In this way, Anette C. Halm aims to create spaces and moments of reflection that cast a new perspective on both the external environment of Nürtingen and the inner experience of each individual taking the walk.

You can find the performance locations in the “Kunst am Wegesrand” app.

The performances

03.07.2021, 09:00

Hidden Treasure – Clarification in the Grave
During the Second World War, the committed Stuttgart democrat and pacifist Anna Haag (1888–1982) kept a secret diary critical of the regime, which she kept hidden in a coal cellar for years and later buried in her garden.
A memorial sign for Anna Haag has been installed at the Mörike Kindergarten.
“Dig where you stand” – Anette C. Halm takes this rallying cry by author Sven Lindqvist from 1978 very literally. Lindqvist sees historiography as the task of each and every individual to explore the history of their everyday world.

Text: Holle Nann, Speaker: Barbara Stoll, Camera: Klara Maria Sahner

Anette C. Halm

03.07.2021, 11:00

Stockholm Syndrome 1637 1637
Elisabetha Brenner, the beautiful 19-year-old daughter of the hospital master of Nürtingen, was kidnapped by a Croatian soldier during the Thirty Years’ War. They were married and later returned to the region, where they were among the most influential citizens in the Duchy of Württemberg. A performance under the archway of the Kroatenhof brings this connection back to life in the form of a dance with a cravat (a term referring to Croatian soldiers).

Text: Holle Nann, Performer: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber, Performer: Phil Bühler, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Klara Maria Sahner

Anette C. Halm

03.07.2021, 16:00

A Soap Bubble Opera
Born in Munich in 1492, Duchess Sabina of Bavaria and Württemberg was known to be religious, pious, and self-confident. These qualities gave the wife of Duke Ulrich of Württemberg, who was also known to be quarrelsome and quick-tempered, a great deal of trouble. The marriage lasted only four years and would have provided enough material for a ducal soap opera. Sabina voiced her support for the Reformation and was active in charitable work until her death in Nürtingen, where she had her widow’s residence. A tribute to this emancipated woman in the form of a performance.

Text: Holle Nann, Poetry: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber, Speaker: Barbara Stoll, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Klara Maria Sahner

Anette C. Halm

04.07.2021, 10:00

Stand-by (Requiem)
The painter and sculptor Fritz Ruoff and his wife Hildegard, who was also an artist, shaped the art scene in Nürtingen for decades. After the death of her husband in 1986, Hildegard established a foundation, which she oversaw until her death. In 2020 she died at the age of one hundred.

Stand-by (Requiem) by Dominik Stauch
With the use of a video by Dominik Stauch
Stand-by (Requiem) by Dominik Stauch
Diary-like thoughts of general insecurity brought about by an epidemic. Conspiracy theories vs. facts – inner images of a changing society. The aura of extinguished sounds. Random overlays of a 6-part sound and color composition composed with a die.

Thanks to „Dr. Andrea Domesle, Public Art Project Videocity“

Text: Holle Nann, Performer: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Dominik Stauch / Anette C. Halm


04.07.2021, 17:00

In 1663, at the age of 57, Anna Maria Pöler was accused of witchcraft in Nürtingen. Although she was tortured, she insisted on her innocence and survived. Eventually, she was acquitted through a verdict of the Tübingen Faculty of Law. In memoriam, the artist Andrea Isa has a bone to pick in the truest sense of the word.

Text: Holle Nann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Andrea Isa

05.07.2021, 14:00

Source of Life
Water is a symbol and source of life. Justyna Koeke arranges bouquets in plastic buckets and containers that are attached to or suspended from the Neckar Bridge. The work creates an aesthetic image that sensitizes the viewer to the beauty of nature while at the same time thematizing the pollution of bodies of water by garbage and plastic waste.

Text: Holle Nann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Justyna Koeke

05.07.2021, 16:00

For 55 years, Sister Friederike Stock helped the so-called “fallen girls” through her work as an educator and the long-time director of the refuge house – later called Friederikenheim and today the seat of the Samaritan Foundation. At that time, there was no birth control pill and no option of abortion. Especially in the lower classes, girls were a kind of “fair game” whose need for warmth and love was often exploited. Once a man had achieved his goal, the girl was ostracized, scorned, and labeled as “fallen.” Friederike Stock took in such girls, gave them shelter and a home, educated them, and provided comfort and distraction through activities like games and song.

Text: Holle Nann, Performance: Thalia T. Bühler, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber

07.07.2021, 14:00

Money Muse Song
A tribute to Theodor Eisenlohr: a vocal performance intended as a thank-you for supporting artists.
The “Money-Musen-Song” (Money Muse Song) aims to put art on the proverbial pedestal as a common good, as a special quality of life and enrichment, and as a basic human need. In these times when “system relevance” has become a central issue, it is particularly important to recognize art and artists and to offer them thanks.

Text: Holle Nann, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber

07.07.2021, 16:00

Born in 1928, K.H. Türk and his wife Ilse were active in Nürtingen-Hardt starting in 1957. They founded the Freie Kunstschule (School of Fine Arts) and established the Hochschule für Kunsttherapie (College of Art Therapy) – two institutions that continue to be respected well beyond Nürtingen 20 years after Türk’s death.

Text: Holle Nann, Camera: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber & Anette C. Halm

Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl

09.07.2021, 16:00

Thrown Ashore
A tribute to Erika Härtling, the mother of the writer Peter Härtling, who, together with her children, was “thrown ashore” in Nürtingen as a refugee. It is only through references in her son’s works that Erika Härtling is given a face – thus revealing the drama of losing one’s homeland and being unable to fully arrive. The life of Peter Härtling’s mother ended early and tragically; this is an attempt to come to terms with it.

Text: Holle Nann, Speaker: Barbara Stoll, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Britta M. Ischka

10.07.2021, 15:00

Forest Hair
The life of Carl Gustav Schmid, the founder of the seagrass spinning mill, is brought out of the darkness of the Tiefenbach tunnel and into the light. In a poetic way, the seagrass and the hair of the narrator are spun together and interwoven.

Text: Holle Nann, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Babette Dieterich

11.07.2021, 15:00

Joints_Vegetation_Devil’s Bridge
For centuries, the Devil’s Bridge served as a link between the Fildern and Nürtingen. Of architectural interest, the ancient stones are rich with life and are even mentioned in Hölderlin’s texts. They form the starting point for Angelika Eggert’s work with frottage and watercolor. The texture of the stones provides the basis for the frottage, which is then combined with extensive watercolor to record the vegetation and surrounding environment. In this way, the tension between human construction and nature becomes manifest and tangible in the artwork.

Text: Holle Nann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Angelika Eggert

11.07.2021, 17:00

At Home in Nürtingen
A musical homage presented in the form of an ode to the city of Nürtingen.

Text: Holle Nann, Camera: Anette C. Halm

James Lost & Jacques Cognac 


The Bather
A major task of the Regionalgruppe Nürtingen is the research of the villa rustica “In den Seelen,” a Roman estate with Roman baths in Friedrich-Glück-Straße.

Posing as a model is one of the oldest performances in the world. In the setting of the villa rustica, with the model in the pose of the 1808 painting “The Bather of Valpinçon” by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the painter shares moments of the model with the audience.

Text: Holle Nann, Model: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Angela Vanini und Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber

14.07.2021, 10:00

Hölderlin’s relation to women can be traced to one person: Susette Gontard, the wife of a Frankfurt banker whose son he tutored. She was his lover, a key figure in his life and poetry, his Diotima, his muse.

Text: Holle Nann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Kirsten Hohaus

18.07.2021, 17:00

wo*man work
A tribute to Greta Domnick: Because everything we know and recognize about the Domnicks was not the work of one man, but the work of a man and a woman (wo*man’s work).

Ottomar Domnick’s name, his clinic, and his collection are familiar to everyone in Nürtingen. The background to his success as a psychiatrist and filmmaker, however, is not. “One-man’s work” mutates into “wo*man’s work.” The performance reveals how closely he collaborated with his wife Greta in all areas, and that it was only from this symbiosis that his great work could emerge.

Text: Holle Nann, Performer: Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber, Speaker: Barbara Stoll, Bass: Cornelius Hauptmann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Anette C. Halm

18.07.2021, 18:00

Water is life. The Neckar, an important lifeline in Baden-Württemberg, has always provided space for people whose livelihoods are linked to the river. An exploration with and against the current.

Text: Holle Nann

Linda Weiß,
Jochen Wagner

11:00 Uhr

The poem “In einem kühlen Grunde” by Joseph von Eichendorff was set to music by Friedrich Glück in 1814.
It became better known through Friedrich Silcher under the title “Untreue” (Infidelity). Friedrich Glück undoubtedly often found himself caught in a struggle between his spiritual calling and his vocation as a poet and composer.
Götz Payer, a descendant of Silcher, plays the grand piano while the performer clearly struggles with herself. Her performance thus recalls the musician Friedrich Glück, who for a time was also a pastor in Aichtal-Neuenhaus.

Text: Holle Nann, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Klara Maria Sahner

Anette C. Halm

16.08.2021, 13:00

With One Step
Walking through a space always means measuring it with your steps and thus relating its dimensions to the size of your body. The act of measuring is the “daily bread” of astronomers and mathematicians like Wilhelm Schickard, who worked as a deacon in Nürtingen in 1614 at the age of 22. A lunar crater has even been named after him. What happens, however, when the size of a person’s body is set in a disproportionate relationship to a specific location, thus making the length of a space absurd? In this context, Simon Pfeffel measures the entire length of the square around Nürtingen’s Ochsenbrunnen with just a single step.

Text: Holle Nann, Camera: Samuel Hohaus

Simon Pfeffel

The project was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, the City of Nürtingen and the Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen.

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