HALLE 14 / Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
for national and international contemporary artists
The effects of large studios and new
surroundings on the process of creation
HALLE 14, Centre for Contemporary Art at Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, is an independent non-profit organisation, existing since 2002. The hangar number 14 of the old cotton mill got its second chance with participating in a EU programme and putting together ten partners to realise this entrepreneurial transformation: a cultural conversion of an industrial site.
Since the beginning of 2012 their scholarship and residency programme is running, called ‘Studio14′.
But also previously there have been AIR programmes like in 2005/2006.
Accommodation is not integrated at the spot and needs to be at another location.
In addition, ten other galleries, numerous studios, further creative centers, an art supply store and other residencies schemes beleaguer them only on the Spinnerei areal.
Within the neighbourhood of the district Plagwitz, there is the performance space & theatre Schaubühne Lindenfels or interesting initiatives in terms of urban impact like project Wagenburg and Gieszer 16.
Overall, at the same floor there are 10 other studios, making lively contacts and interchange vivid practice.
Hospitalfield Arts, are shown at the exhibition next door.
Some artists, who have agreed on this displacement, spontaneously adapt to the local conditions different from their home base. Others actively utilise the influences in transforming their working methods and find new forms of expression.
So did the current stipend of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation at HALLE 14, Isabel Cordeiro, Portuguese, but living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
As generally known, space is confined and precious there.
To her it seems so privileged to hold an atelier of a size where in Amsterdam three apartments would be built.
The foreign context becomes the reference point and to some extent to the object of research of the own work. Claudia Kleiner, German painter and the so-called ‘Heimspiel-fellow’ of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony for two months at ‘Studio14′, explains the following on her approach:
“I deal with the different ways of depiction a picture-idea. It moved me a romantic idea, the idea of simultaneity between the familiar and the strange,” as stated in her booklet.
Fortunately, the Artistic Director Michael Arzt is rather familiar than strange, firm in the processes and contexts of cultural policy, and yet so human.
Photos: A.M.; Interview with:
Michael Arzt, Artistic Director and Programme Curator of HALLE 14,
Leipzig, 14th September 2014.