From July 4th to August 16th, 2021, international artists will seek out and perform in significant and influential public spaces in Ostfildern. 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 special places, events, and stories linked to Ostfildern.

As viewers stroll through public spaces, they’ll encounter a variety of thematic focuses, including the use of the body to measure space, the search for a lost city, a literal shadow play, a musical love appeal, and more. With this project, artist and organizer Anette C. Halm – in cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern – aims to provide the citizens and visitors of Ostfildern 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 Ostfildern and the inner experience of each individual taking the walk.

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

Die Performances

12:00 pm

Ora et labiera

It is known that the Benedictines drank 3.5 liters of strong beer per day, even during Lent. Not surprisingly, some of them experienced apparitions. Andrea Isa goes in search of clues in the labyrinth in Nellingen and traces the ancient monastic rule “ora et labora.” The labyrinth does not lead one astray but rather serves as a holistic symbol of self-discovery. In the labyrinth you don’t get lost; in the labyrinth you encounter yourself.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Camera: Anette C. Halm

Andrea Isa

10:00 am

Denn vergesst nicht, ihr liebt sie (Because do not forget, you love them)
Scharnhauser Park is the youngest of Ostfildern’s six recently developed districts. The Stadthaus, conceived as a community center – an open meeting place – acts to create identity. For this reason, Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber has chosen the square in front of the Stadthaus as the site for her vocal performance. She aims to bring people together through song to promote their communication and connectedness.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Camera: Anette C. Halm

Sissi-Madelaine Schöllhuber

14:00 pm

Sattelzeit (Saddle Time)

For thousands of years, horseback riding was a symbol of dominance and a demonstration of superiority and power. Riders towered over foot soldiers and were nimble and fast. Women on horseback set out on the road to emancipation in the saddle.

The performance “Sattelzeit” (Saddle Time) by Nadine Bracht aims to invite the viewer to question this cultural practice in relation to history and the current social context.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Speaker: Werner Rieger, Camera: Andreas Bulling

Nadine Bracht

15:00 pm

Unverhohlen (Unconcealed)

A Hohlweg (hollow way) is time made visible – a path that has cut deeply into the surrounding terrain through centuries of use by carts and cattle as well as run-off rainwater.

A red carpet is rolled out for visitors to the performance along the entire length of the hollow way in Ostfildern.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Anette C. Halm

Jaewon Park

14:45 pm

Schattenspiel (Shadow Play)
The soothing shade of a tree-lined avenue provides the inspiration and prelude for a musical and poetic performance. Leaning against a chestnut tree, the singer and performer Babette Dieterich begins with an aria in praise of the shadow. This is followed by a search for shadows through wordplay, spatial games, and thought experiments. The audience is invited to participate, for example by “jumping over their shadow.”

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Camera: Anette C. Halm

Babette Dieterich

15:15 pm

Amor ist Sieger mit Badehose (Cupid as Victor with Swim Trunks)
In front of the Amor Temple in Ostfildern – the former love nest of the Duke of Württemberg, Charles Eugene – the painter Angela Vanini copies the painting “Amor Vincit Omnia” (“Cupid as Victor”) by the Baroque painter Caravaggio in oil on canvas.

With the start of the MeToo movement, a great debate broke out around the painting and there were even efforts to remove it from public view. This was, however, dismissed as absurd on the grounds of “artistic freedom.”

In the context of pedophilia, child pornography, abuse, and sexual violence, this discussion has become more relevant than ever.


In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Samuel Hohaus

Angela Vanini               & Juri Donn

16:00 pm

Chim Chim Cher-ee
There are countless volcanoes and tuff-filled vents in the Swabian Alb. The Scharnhausen Volcano is said to be the northernmost volcano in Swabia. This is the only spectacular thing about it, because not much of it is left. The idea of what happens inside has always been uncanny, almost infernal. Many myths have sprung up around the vent; when it erupts, the wrath of the gods is said to be unleashed. Anette C. Halm reverses the omens and allows good fortune to rise through the vent. The chimney sweep, the symbol of luck par excellence, plays the leading role in this performance.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Chimney sweep: Björn Böttger, Camera: Andreas Bulling

Anette C. Halm

17:00 pm

Wörnitzhausen reloaded
Myths have always surrounded vanished cities: where have they gone and why have they disappeared? Britta M. Ischka’s curiosity leads her to pursue this question. In a first step – or first cut – she uncovers the presumed location in order to get a little closer to the mystery while at the same time leaving room for the imagination.

In cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

Performer: Reaper of the city Ostfildern, Piano: Götz Payer, Camera: Andreas Bulling

Britta M. Ischka

11:00 am

Boden verlieren (Losing Ground)

The landscape steps in the recently developed district of Ostfildern: a grand architectural gesture. Like the baselines or visual axes between great castles, this green path and design element runs through the rows of buildings in Scharnhauser Park, which was built on the site of a former barracks.

What is it like to live in a place that is shaped by history and simultaneously exists in a field of tension between cosmopolitanism and localism? Is man the measure of all things in this place?

Simon Pfeffel measures the landscape steps with the help of his own body. At the same time, he invites passers-by to do the same. Step by step, he thus places the human body in relationship to the abstract distance of the stairway.

Camera: Samuel Hohaus & Anette C. Halm


Simon Pfeffel

The project was developed in cooperation with the Städtische Galerie Ostfildern.

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