Ostrale21 | Breathturn


‎‎‎Willem Harbers at Ostrale 2021

Some months ago I got a news that my work will be part of the OSTRALE Biennale O21 taking place in Dresden (Germany) this summer. The curatorial team selected Girozoom Inc. to be placed in public space on the grounds of the Stadtentwässerung, the water purification plant near the center of the city. The team was looking for contemporary art installations and sculptures dealing with current cultural and social issues in a thoughtful and provocative way. The OSTRALE Biennale in Dresden is the third largest international exhibition of contemporary art in Germany. With this Biennale a catalogue will be printed.

The Dresden-Kaditz sewage treatment plant is a key venue for the OSTRALE Biennale O21, with the wastewater facilities serving as an exciting backdrop for the artworks on display. Science, industry and visual art enter into an unusual dialogue.

With its long-standing commitment to environmental and climate issues, its programs to engage and educate younger generations about the responsible use of wastewater and natural resources, Stadtentwässerung Dresden is a natural partner for the current OSTRALE program, which also addresses the issues of our relationship with rivers, water, sustainability, and the broader connections between society, the environment, and the arts.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (10:00, 12:00 and 15:00) you can take part in a free guided tour. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a tour of the wastewater treatment facilities in addition to viewing the artworks.

If you want to visit the exhibition at the plant please find all information and make a reservation here: https://www.stadtentwaesserung-dresden.de/wasserwelten/ostrale/



In the rivers north the future / I cast the net (Paul Celan)

Being human is not enough, and already too much. Sometimes we act like robots, but want to feel like animals. How can we breathe and rethink work and pleasure, art and industry, politics and poetics, when everything flows into each other, like streams into a river? Is the whole planet our home or just the square meters we occupy?

Between disorientation and reorientation, to find new directions and avoid dead ends, we need to breathe differently. We have to change our perspective and pay attention to those at the borders of our field of vision: the misfits, the oppressed, and the unknown, but also biospheres, buildings and social spaces. At the gate of a new, post-pandemic era, exhausted but hopeful, curious and ready for a change, the OSTRALE in 2021 explores the ways we coexist with our fellow humans, animals and our complex environment.

For information about the Biennale see Ostrale





Mondriaan fund

Artist supported by the Mondriaan Fund