Thanks to our audience and all participating art initiatives for an exciting weekend AIC ON 2017 - See you again next year!
The current AIC-Index 2017/2018 with an overview map can be found in participating spaces and other locations. It is also available for download here. Enjoy discovering the big variety of Cologne's independent art scene.

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In the autumn of 2011, as part of the redevelopment of a park in Nippes at the corner of Florastraße and Kuenstraße, new benches and waste bins were installed, and a small patch of the park bordering the path was covered in tarmac. The art project “10qm” was born out of questions around the meaning and sense behind it: “It’s about how you walk through the city as an artist in your day-to-day life. And this area with the small park, the kiosk, the houses and this absurd patch of asphalt is a wonderful place to put those questions out there. Parks are for public use. We play with our children here, go jogging here, take our dogs for a walk here. It seems logical to deal in a free and easy way with a few square metres of asphalt: We make art here!” (Stefanie Klingemann) So far, artistic contributions have been realised by: DREIHAUSFRAUEN, Christian Hasucha, Marie Heiderich, Uschi Huber, Maik and Dirk Löbbert, Christiane Rasch, Norbert Radermacher, Johanna Reich, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT and Johannes Wohnseifer among others. [read more]

Fotoraum Köln e.V.

Fotoraum Köln e.V. in Lindenthal is both an atelier and an exhibition platform. Whether it be documentary photography, photo journalism or landscape, experimental, staged or conceptual photography, Fotoraum Köln e.V.’s interdisciplinary exhibition series “Wir haben Gäste” presents international contemporary photography and links it with music, performance or moving images, sometimes also with images the audience has brought with them. The association thus opens up a space for dialogue between artists from various fields as well as between artists and the audience. It shows, in particular, artistic positions that push the boundaries of the medium or subtly place an issue in a new light and question common perceptions. Fotoraum’s began exhibiting in 2001, out of which a charitable association was founded in 2015. The members are themselves all artists and as well as organising the “Wir haben Gäste” series, are involved in projects, exhibitions, book presentations, and portfolio viewings. [read more]