We're happy to invite you to the seventh edition of AIC ON, the annual joint weekend of the coalition of Art Initiatives Cologne (short: AIC).

Taking place between June 16 and 18, 2023, AIC ON – the annual weekend of Cologne's art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals – proudly presents a variety of exhibitions across the city. In addition to joint opening hours, openings and events, AIC ON invites you for a public walk with performances, a culinary intervention, concerts and readings by various artists on the "Innere Grüngürtel" (Inner Green Belt) under the title "The So-called Outside" on Saturday, June 17.

Participating exhibition spaces: 68elf e.V., Boddenberg, BOHDE FENSTER, CO³ / Contemporary Middle East e.V., FOTORAUM, Gemeinde Köln, GLASMOOG, GOLD+BETON, IDYLL, iJuLa, Kunsthafen im Rhenania, Kunstraum K634, KunstWerk, LABOR, La Felce, Matjö - Raum für Kunst, mauer, MÉLANGE, Mouches Volantes, PAErsche, Q18, Simultanhalle, Strichstärke, Temporary Gallery.

Saturday, June 17, 2023, starting 5 PM
PERFORMATIVE WALK "The So-called Outside" and artistic information stand in the Inner Green Belt

With: DECHA, Melanie Grocki, Agnes Müller, I. S. Kalter, Stephan Idé, Ahmed Kamel, Kamala Dubrovnik, Marie Donike & Paula Erstmann
Innerer Grüngürtel, height Zülpicher Straße 70, Cologne

The performative walk "The So-called Outside" combines artistic contributions such as performances, readings, concerts and ephemeral exhibitions using public architecture such as platforms, terraces, flights of stairs, meadows and landscaped park areas as stages for the artistic interventions.
The walk takes place in a section of Cologne's Inner Green Belt motivated by the idea of a centrally located, shared space for AIC ON. Here, various artistic contributions are brought together, some of which have been selected in curatorial collaboration with AIC members as connection to the current exhibitions of the spaces. The contributions relate to the public space, respond to the corresponding locations and combine to create an experience of the so-called outside. The green belt becomes an AIC satellite and, thanks to the artistic intervention DER INFORMATIONSSTAND, at the same time a hub to all AIC venues: the artistic information stand, the public walk followed by a picnic connect the different threads from the different corners of the city.

Friday/Saturday 12 PM - 8 PM
Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM
Innerer Grüngürtel, height Zülpicher Straße 70, Cologne

The AIC ON information stand in the Inner Grüngürtel is designed by the artists Paula Erstmann and Marie Donike. From Friday to Sunday, visitors can find out everything there is to know about Cologne's art initiatives. In addition to the AIC ON booklet, a culinary snack set will be available to fortify visitors on their way through the city to the various locations.
The information stand is also the meeting point for the performative walk on Saturday from 5 PM, for the linoleum printing workshop EinSchnitte with Yasmin Hasan (iJuLa) on Sunday from 1 -5 PM, and for other interventions by the action lab PAErsche on Sunday from 2 PM.

Kindly supported by the Cologne Student Union.

Curated by Lisa Alice Klosterkötter in collaboration with Amelie Gappa and Lisa Oord; design by Laurens Bauer; photographs by Nikolai Meierjohann; public relations: Marie Gentges
contact: festival@aic.cologne

AIC ON 2023 is funded by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln / City of Cologne, Stiftung Kunstfonds as part of the programm Neustart Kultur by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Exhibition program AIC ON 2023 (as of June 2023, subject to change):