With about 450,000 visitors Emscherkunst is one of the biggest events of arts and culture in the Ruhr region. For the third time already the triennial exhibition features contemporary art in city and nature and transforms the course of the renaturated Emscher river into a gallery. Visitors can discover works by Ai Weiwei, Tobias Zielony, Benjamin Bergmann or Atelier Le Balto along the 50 kilometers long art route from Holzwickede to Herne via Dortmund — preferably by bike.
Using the slogan Entdecke die Kunst (Discover the Art) Emscherkunst invites to rediscover the now mostly recultivated river Emscher through art. Combined with Morse code the slogan is the leitmotiv through all media. Hiding the word “Kunst“ (art) in the code the slogan is translated into a visual language. The simple graphic elements — rectangles and circles — overlay typography and are filled with cutouts of subjacent images of Emscherkunst exhibits. You can discover art by translating the Morse code, decipher the overlayed typography and putting together the images.
Curator of the Emscherkunst: Florian Matzner
Co-Curators of the Emscherkunst: Katja Aßmann, Simone Timmerhaus
Marketing of the Emscherkunst: Leonie Böhmer
Art Direction and Layout / Corporate Design: KoeperHerfurth (Fabian Köper, Jonas Herfurth, Michelle Flunger, Elena Meyer)
Corporate Design basic idea: Alexander Bönninger and Prof. Ralf de Jong, Folkwang University of the Arts
Photographic documantation of Emscherkunst 2016: Roman Mensing, Thorsten Arendt, Haiko Hebig
Website programming: crossconcept
Photographic documentation of the Corporate Design: Roland Baege for KoeperHerfurth
Contributed by Stephen Coles