Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a newly founded network of independent, non-commercial art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals in Cologne. Subscribe to our newsletter (further down on the website) and receive regular information about the joint activities of the independent art scene in Cologne. Regarding opening dates in the different exhibition spaces, please check our website. 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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Open Call [bis 31.10.]: Ausstellungsprogramm – MATJÖ


Open Call [bis 31.10.]: Ausstellungsprogramm – MATJÖ

Aufruf zur Bewerbung für das Ausstel­lungs­pro­gramm 2019 im Matjö – Raum für Kunst. Einsendeschluss: 31. Oktober 2018.

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Open Call [bis 31.10.]: Künstlerresidenz – CAT Cologne


Open Call [bis 31.10.]: Künstlerresidenz – CAT Cologne

Aufruf für die ein- bis dreimonatige Künstlerresidenz bei CAT Cologne, Einsendeschluss: 31. Oktober 2018.

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Initiatives

LTK4


ltk4
Upon entering the Lutherturm from Volksgartenstrasse, we enter, acoustically, visually and climatically, into an entirely new spatial situation, independent of all ecclesiastical, artistic or communicative use of the location: the road noises appear subdued and yet clearer, the light is focused and yet more intimate, the walls cool and yet more protective. Despite the fact that, in its dimensions, the space can be considered small and traversing it takes but a few seconds, the broad prospect of artistic opportunities becomes immediately apparent. After this, we already find ourselves in the atrium of the Lutherkirche which leads on upwards: five neatly stacked rectangular blocks, accessible via a narrow staircase, at its top end rewarding us with a view of a belfry fit for a cathedral. We feel that we have reached the top of the tower, but we have in fact only just conquered half of it. Onwards we go, visually, acoustically, and artistically. Were the expression of a diamond in the rough not so very worn out, it would be a fitting description of the tower, albeit only if it remained uncut. A state of robust architectural functionality in the context of which sound and art would be able to unfold its credibility choreographically. And in fact does this in a rather particular fashion: For here it is not subject to any ecclesiastical or political intervention; the boundaries set are merely due to physical and structural considerations, never those concerning form or content. From 2017 onwards, LTK4 will offer a new home to sound-based arts at the Cologne Lutherturm. [read more]

Ungefähr 5, UNG-5 , 5


Ungefähr 5
Originally intended for commercial use, but obviously no longer relevant as an advertising space nowadays, the empty display windows in the pedestrian underpass at the Turiner Str./Eigelstein exit of Ebertplatz underground station offer possibilities for reanimation and conversion through the exhibition of contemporary art in this public space. 5 presents current positions, in particular young and progressive art, in five-week cycles. The spatial limitation imposed by the exhibition space—which is an area of only five square metres—makes reduction a focus for exhibiting artists, as if it were itself a distillation apparatus. Its location in the closed off yet simultaneously public space of an underpass, offers possibilities for the artistic exploration of spatial concepts, as well as confrontations between the private and the public. Art here presents itself to its recipients in everyday life, through its public exhibition and production, becoming experienceable and affecting its own democratisation. [read more]