Truck Tracks Ruhr - the Compilation

By Begrich, Haug, Kaegi, Karrenbauer

A piece of waste ground in Oberhausen, which local children call The Land of the Future, a swimming pool in Recklinghausen accompanied by the sound of machine guns, an open microphone outside Dortmund main station, the escalator of a Mülheim shopping centre set to music as a film scene.

Over the course of a year Rimini Protokoll has invited 49 artists to bring audiences closer to 49 different locations in the Ruhr region: places which are unusual and normal, central and out of the way, meaningful and elusive.
Sitting in a converted lorry, the audience can look through a glass screen at their city and the chosen locations, while listening to the short audio works which have been conceived for them.

In seven albums, each with seven tracks, the work casts new perspectives on Europe’s most densely populated region from Duisburg via Bochum to Essen. For “five minutes of fame” the incidental events beyond the glass screen become miniature dramas.

The filmmakers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken have accompanied the project. The resulting films have now been brought together in a video installation at the Kohlenmischanlage Zollverein. The stories and perspectives are edited together into a compilation on seven screens, thus removing the separation of locations in time and space. Visitors find themselves in an audio-visual landscape which becomes a composite artistic image of the Ruhr region.

Artists: Jörg Albrecht, Anna Kpok, Auftrag : Lorey, Sebastian Baumgarten und Robert Lippok, Mariola Brillowska and Günter Reznicek, Enoch Cheng, Felix Meyer-Christian / Costa Compagnie, Danckwart and Kühlein, dorisdean, Tobias Dusche, Jan Ehlen and Elisa Kühnl, Gob Squad + Jeff McGrory, Thilo Guschas, Anne Habermehl, Ant Hampton, Britt Hatzius, Jens Heitjohann, Herbordt/Mohren, Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish, kainkollektiv, Schorsch Kamerun, Andreas Kebelmann and Robert Schmidt, Martin Kindervater, Marcus Lindeen, Hans-Peter Litscher, Markus&Markus, Amirhossein Mashaherifard, Michaela Melián, Mercimax, Clemens Meyer and Johannes Kirsten, Ersan Mondtag, Barbara Morgenstern, Gerardo Naumann, Florian Neuner, Richard Ortmann, Mariano Pensotti, Jean Peters and Joel Vogel, Davy Pieters, Tobias Rausch, Katia Reshetnikova, Sonya Schönberger, Laila Soliman and Nancy Mounir, Marike Splint and Jonathan Snipes, subbotnik, Lotte van den Berg, Dries Verhoeven, Soeren Voima, Antje Vowinckel and also Wojtek Ziemilski.

Curation Rimini Protokoll (Begrich, Haug, Kaegi, Karrenbauer), loekenfranke
Video Michael Loeken, Ulrike Franke
Sound design Frank Böhle, Rasmus Nordholt
Produced by Urbane Künste Ruhr funded by Kunststiftung NRW.