Arist in Residence 2018

An artist village of containers at the OSTRALE area
"Artist in Residence" 03. July – 23. September 2018

In frame of its residency program, OSTRALE invites 7 artists from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands to spend 30 days in Dresden as "Artist in Residence", working on different art projects in seven containers. In the second half of the year, the containers will travel all around Europe.

Where is the line between real and fake, the corporal and the digital? How do we perceive reality in our new, digitized present, and how does it change the way we see ourselves and others? What can the notion of art mean in this context, and how can it help us to better understand our present and shape the future? Among others, these are the questions that will be addressed at the former exhibition sites of the OSTRALE Center for Contemporary Art, which will be transformed into a veritable artist village between the 17th of July and the 23rd of September 2018.

Within the confines of the container (5,9 x 2,4 x 2,7 meters) lie boundless possibilities: it can be not only be an artist's studio or an exhibition space, but also a meeting place, a playground, a research laboratory or simply a place to reflect, discuss and learn from each other.
This year, the following artist are taking part in the Artist in Residence program:

Dana Balážová
Daniel Chluba |
Stef Fridael & Wim Vonk | | |
Hanna Nitsch |
Jana Rinchenbachova |
Truc Vo |

Read the project descriptions and artist biographies here

Workshop program and Events
Through the international summer project „Echo_Chamber" and "Kinderblicke kunterbunt", the residency program is complimented by an art education part for children, young adults, and students between the ages of 7-21, interested in arts and technology, who can participate in various workshops.

During these, the artists and other experts from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands come together to explore our digital present and future, to prepare the way towards "ism" – the main theme of the 2019 exhibition –, and to establish new ways of artistic cooperation. The young participants will be introduced to the practical aspects of media consumption and production through a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences, discussions, and the preparation of a visual project.

Holiday program Summer Art Gallery (Sommer-Kunst-Galerie)
between 03. – 08. July 2018 and 17. – 22. July 2018
In the first project phase between 03. – 08. July 2018, OSTRALE invites children between the ages of 7-21 to a "Summer Art Gallery" free of charge, in frame of the holiday pass program of the city of Dresden.

In the second project phase between 17. – 22. July 2018, participants will create a DaDa Demonstration or an artist book on the theme of digital media. Together with artists from Berlin and the Czech Republic, the children and young adults will explore questions of the future in context of their own perceptions and digital media.

This project is integrated into the art education project "Kinderblicke kunterbunt – WIR, die Friedrichstädter", initiated by the OSTRALE – Centre for Contemporary Art, which is made possible by the funding of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the Free State of Saxony, for sustainable urban development in the Friedrichstadt district of Dresden. Children's artworks created in frame of this project will form an atmospheric gallery space, in which the works will be publicly displayed for the first time. The main idea is to always be creative in "unusual" places, and to use art as a form of mediation that supports the process of identity building of young people.

Further information (in German) can be read here.
If you are interested in participating, please register using the Registration form at the email address

Kultur macht STARK Project
between 06. – 11. August 2018
In the third project phase, educationally disadvantaged children will work together with selected Artists-in-Residence, in frame of the "Kultur macht STARK" ("Culture makes you strong") project funded by the Federal Association of Visual Artists (Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler e. V.). By the end of the workshop, they will prepare a multimedia presentation on the theme of communication and digitalism. Through a visit to a local free radio- and television broadcaster, participants will also be introduced to the vocational side of media work and the corresponding aspects of communication.

If you are interested in participating, please register using the Registration form at the email address


Official Presentation Week
between 17. – 23. September 2018
Everything that will have been prepared and created by both artists and students will be presented to the public during the Presentation week between the 17. – 23. September 2018, with a series of panel discussions, performances and other public events at the OSTRALE area.
After that, the containers begin their grand tour, in which they will travel to various places in Prague, the Netherlands and Saxony, to reach areas where contemporary art is not normally available to the general populace. They are reaching their final destination next year, when they will be part of the OSTRALE Biennale 2019, organized around the main idea of "ism".
The two-month project period will be accompanied by a diverse series of additional programs in the form of conferences, readings, and performances by local and international artists, writers, philosophers and scientists. To these, all Dresden citizens and school classes are invited to be involved in the creative process of the artists and get to know more about the themes and questions of their work.

Artist in Residence 2019

An artist village of containers at the OSTRALE area
"Artist in Residence" 2019

The 12th OSTRALE organizes the second Biennale around the main idea of "ism". Isms are commonly understood as dogmas, confrontation, artistic categories or social values. Always manmade, they also serve as a way of distinction from "other" worldviews. Subjective and collective perception is always inseparably connected with current discourses in the art world as well. In this field too, new media is constantly urging us to push the limits.

What is art, what can art do, and especially, what is art allowed to do? Should we reset, take a step back, and reconsider our mentality and approach to life, use isms as a form of dialogue and mind-set, should we apply "isms" and the wider concept of art as a universal condition of human creativity into all fields of our day-to-day reality?

After their European tour, the 7 containers of the residency program will finally be exhibited at the OSTRALE Biennale 2019, between 28. June – 29. September 2019.

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We are immensely grateful for the sponsoring of the companies BplusL Infra Log GmbH Zweigniederlassung Niederdorf and Spedition Detmers-Transport GmbH Dresden.