The question of production is an essential one when it comes to societal change and social organisation. It's connected to global power relations, it influences values and working conditions, and not least, it has a substantial interrelationship with the built city. The exhibition project »New Urban Production« (curated by the planning office tri:polis) is searching for a new relationship between art, design and technology and their visibility in urban space. Here, labour should be displayed respectfully and proudly, not hidden behind closed doors far from living spaces.
In the past centuries, the course of industrialisation, mobilisation and globalisation has separated the areas that are traditionally closely intertwined in city life - housing, leisure and work. In the second half of the 20th century, the outsourcing of industrial work to so-called emerging countries culminated in a global division of labour. Industrial production and its associated economic and ecological exploitation thus became increasingly invisible to the Western hemisphere. In recent decades, an opposite movement in cities involving the reintegration of agriculture, manufacturing and industry can be observed. These are mainly small-scale production, working with a do-it-yourself spirit not only on unique products, but also with surprising production formats.
In urban studies, this renaissance is described as »urban manufacturing« or »new urban production«. These forms of production are driven by digital technologies and go hand-in-hand with the ideal of a just and sustainable balance between work and life. The manufacturing process increases in importance and becomes an integral part of the product. Values include a conscious handling of resources, high individuality and local production. Even in Leipzig, an active scene of social enterprises in artisanal crafts and food production is growing.
Located at the intersection of art, experimental design, and social engagement, this exhibition will transform the historically listed 19th century industrial building of HALLE 14 into a temporary place for »new urban production«. Production lines, machines and workshops from nine design initiatives from the UK, the Netherlands, Israel and Germany (among others) will shift the production process back to the centre of attention. These metaphorical and artistic approaches encourage imagination and questioning and illuminate different facets of this topic. Their production methods and formal language use inexpensive materials from home improvement stores, combine traditional techniques with digital technologies - or deliberately exclude them. They are sometimes surprisingly simple, always exciting and have a visionary approach to production in the 21st century.
08.09.2018 - 08.12.2018 in Halle14
, Spinnerei, Leipzig
Cover Picture: Elizabeth Gerdemann
Exhibition Photography: Halle14
Conzept & curation in cooperation with Marvin Schwark and Ezra Dilger for tri:polιs
Exhibition Design: Sascha Henken