Garden of Elements + ThinkTank

Installation Kulturgarten 2021/22
Foto: CCS IV

The sculptural installation “Garden of Elements” in the HELLERAU Cultural Garden and “ThinkTank”, the permanent installation of PACT Zollverein’s discourse programme in the Ecksalon Ost invite visitors to linger and exchange ideas. 

Open on all festival days from one hour before the start of the event, except:

Wed 06.07. 19:00 – 22:30 hrs

Garden of Elements 

Conceived by Konstanze Grotkopp 

The sculptural installation “Garden of Elements” in the Kulturgarten HELLERAU stands for the interweaving and networking of people who want to embark together on the path of social transformation and seek exchange with others. Outside. In the water. By the fire. On the earth. In the clouds. With a drink, a meal or pen and paper. Come, linger and make plans. The material for the installations is provided by Zündstoffe Materialvermittlung and Nytt. Materialdepot.




Konstanze Grotkopp studied stage and costume design at the HfBK Dresden and ÉNSAD Paris and currently lives in Berlin. She has realised numerous theatre and dance productions, including at the Theaterhaus Jena, Studio Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, HfMT Hamburg, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Theater an der Parkaue Berlin, Tischlerei der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Tanzhaus NRW, TJG Dresden and Theater Koblenz. She has worked closely with choreographers Anna Till and Steffen Fuchs, among others. In 2019, she developed the stage for the dance piece TANK by Doris Uhlich with the collective Properspace. She creates cross-genre installation works and film projects. In 2015 Konstanze Grotkopp took part in the International Forum of the Theatertreffen Berlin and completed further training as a transformation manager for sustainable culture (IHK) in 2021. 


Tryout within the framework of the programme #TakeHeart .The residency funding is a funding programme of the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. within the framework of the programme Neustart Kultur: #TakeHeart supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. 



Conceived by Maximilian Haas 

What does the ongoing environmental and climate destruction mean for our way of life and our self-image as human beings, for our approach to planetary values and relationships? And how can the arts transform our knowledge and actions? PACT Zollverein’s discourse programme CCS IV: Earth discusses these questions with artists, theorists and activists. It looks at the role of aesthetics in the modern separation of nature and culture, resource extraction in the Ruhr, the Global South and the deep sea, feminist practices of care in contemporary performance and indigenous cosmologies. 

With Nabil Ahmed, Denise Ferreira da Silva (as part of Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence / HAU Hebbel am Ufer #14), Catalina Insignares, Daniel Kötter, Bojana Kunst, Carolina Mendonça, Melanie Sehgal, Margarita Tsomou. 

In English and German. 

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