Who has a house of their own? We do! We’re where everyone comes round. We’re going to create a private life for ourselves in a public space. We’re young people from the Ruhr region and the Junge Triennale. Together we are going to build our own houses, a village in the middle of the festival and our starting point for exploring the Ruhrtriennale, questioning its artists, venting artistically, making a stand and reporting.
Young people from two schools and the youth group Safe Space Teens build their own One Sqm Houses following plans by the architect and designer Van Bo Le-Mentzel and then decorate them as they wish. In workshops before the festival the young people will grow together to form a group and, with advice from experts, make plans about how they want to spend their time at the Ruhrtriennale and in what form they want to allow the world to share in it. Whether on Insta or in leaflets, YouTube or podcasts – the young participants will prepare for their residency and then open up their camp for four days at the festival. They will attend performances, examine the expressive forms of productions in workshops, meet Ruhrtriennale artists to exchange ideas and media professionals who will offer them tips on how to carry their message to the world and make it heard.
TEENS IN THE HOUSE is part of the project #nofear. #nofear is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
We are looking for two schools in Essen to co-operate with this project. Young people aged 14 and over who would like to take part are able to participate as part of the youth group Safe Space Teens.