«Drop City Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» is a living and working environment which intends to traverse different rhythms of showing and engaging with art. Interspersed between life and work commitments and appearing on an occasional basis, the programme will set works against an accumulative backdrop of permanent installations, living and working situations and an evolving personal collection of chosen objects and artworks, each accordingly providing a different temporal experience, intensity and interaction.

The programme will stimulate conversation around concepts of hospitality and how we live today: Lierenfelder Str. 39 is a base: a place to return to, reflect and reorient - a support structure for the onward journey. Lierenfelder Str. 39 is also a home, a place for manifesting one’s relation to others through hospitality. The globalised world offers us increased opportunity through networked mobility and flexible or remote working patterns, however this situation is primarily supported through an acceptance of a precarious existence and life-work balance. Now more than ever we are aware of the distances between friends and the necessity to touch base both with those that we love and meet through the mobility afforded through artistic working. The intimate network of peers spread and dispersed across different cities, regions and countries, accumulated during prolonged and ongoing periods of transition is becoming the foundation for a new kind of artistic programming - one built more from relationships and friendships between like-minded people from localised parts of the globe rather than from a particular thematic enquiry. Lierenfelder Str. 39 will foster and galvanise these encounters by providing an intimate and meaningful space for both living and working.

The programme builds upon «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» — In 2016 a programme of artist made objects, exhibitions, installations and performances took place throughout the private/public spaces of Hotel Ufer on Gartenstrasse. Invited by hotelier René Tilgier, «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» explored the key resource for hospitality: the sharing of space. The programme brought together artists from the city and abroad and experimented with key prevalent principles around exhibition making, duration and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and crossed national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience ranging from handmade plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a permanent attic suite for hotel guests by hobbypopMUSEUM.

The announcement of each event at «Drop City, Düsseldorf» will be made with a limited-run postcard depicting a different 'fantastic flower' by Matthias Lahme.

Drop City, Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Strasse 39 is easily reachable by public transport (U75: stop Lierenfelder Btf) and has free parking.


9 – 10 February 2018



The Studio for Arousing Tools is a recurrent and responsive model for artistic production and research that is structured around intimate, public events (Assemblies) taking place in the cities of it’s participants and collaborators. It responds to the perceived need for alternative temporalities of art production and experience in an oversaturated information culture where attention itself is increasingly commodified and under pressure. To this end, The Studio for Arousing Tools outlines a model for a slowing down, so as to enable alternative time frames and relational economies.

The Studio for Arousing Tools investigates spaces in all their forms and implications. It engages in and promotes cultural reflections ranging from commentary and inquiry to current spatial realities and production processes. Using the tools of the geographer, the urban planner, the architect or the designer, we create new grounds for research, blurring the boundaries between science and politics, art and architecture, friendship and collaborator, partcipant or leader. Through the sharing of field observation, analysis or physical construction the artists in the studio programme dig into the spaces created by popular culture and contemporary society to reveal new meanings. Public or intimate, permanent or temporary, material or virtual, we are interested as much in the physical quality of space as in its social and political outcomes. By questioning preconceived notions and searching for new strategies, we aim to dismantle the syntax of contemporary urban spaces and expand the definition of exhibition, and artwork, making.

For the third occasion of The Studio for Arousing Tools, a group consisting of returning voices alongside new contributors have been assembled. 

The Studio for Arousing Tools began as a temporary and collaborative public programme within the framework of Drop City’s public residencey at M HKA, Antwerp between August–October 2017 and was originally conceived by curator and designer Sam Watson in collaboration with Rubén Grilo, Jani Ruscica, Metaphysics VR, Christian Jendreiko, Luisa Ungar, Eleanor Wright and others…

Fr 9 Feb, 20:00


Retracing and propelling forward a work originally commissioned by Sam Watson when Drop City operated out of the English city of Newcastle, Düsseldorf based artists Markus Karstiess & Christian Jendreiko will make a new live performance using the recordings–now solidified onto vinyl record–of those first performances titled Soft Revolution made in 2015 in the city centre gallery of Drop City and at the site of ancient cup and ring stones of Northumberland. The performance will officially mark the launch of the record, published with Apparent Extent in an edition of 500.


Sat 10 Feb, 14:00-18:00


Artist Masha Ru will share ideas from her cross-disciplinary research and ongoing concept of a Museum of Edible Earth: combining aspects of museum studies with an emphasis on social design. The project invites audiences to review their knowledge about food and cultural traditions using creative thinking. With the view to understand more the reality of contemporary geophagy, and also to constitute a research basis for the Museum of Edible Earth, the Masha Ru Studio has been building up an extensive database of the edible soils, a selection of which Ru will share with us.

Following further conversations around ideas and creative perspectives of eating and earth, Markus Karstiess together with artist-cook Arpad Dobriban will make “Salmon in clay mantle” in an open fire

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