from Adem Köstereli, Franziska Schneeberger, Jan Godde, Maximilian Brands, Wanja van Suntum

The 302 travels through Wattenscheid and Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf every ten minutes. People stand crowded close together in the tram as it drives along close to the houses. But what lies behind these surface appearances?  What aftereffects of coal mining cannot be seen here? The houses are still standing but the city’s inhabitants live on uncertain ground. The hollowed-out underworld of the Ruhr region is slowly making soft cracks appear. Keeping the pumps working round the clock is the only way to stop the Ruhr region from sinking. However, a lot of things have already subsided. The areas that line the route are ageing and in decline. ›Science, education, culture‹ was the slogan of the funding for structural change that was evidently unable to prevent social segregation and inequality. Comprehensive links between (in)visible mining damage and post-migrant realities in the Ruhr region can be heard in a polyphonic audio conversation. The specific locations can be found behind the windows of the 302.

Tickets for Ruhrtriennale events are valid on the day of the event in the entire Rhine-Ruhr transport network (VRR) on all buses and local trains (2nd class) for outward and return journeys to and from the venue.

  • What is needed

    headphones, smartphone

  • Duration

    70 min.


start point
Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof, underground station
Bahnhofsvorpl. 10, 45879 Gelsenkirchen

start point
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, undergroundstation
An der Jahrhunderthalle 1, 44793 Bochum

The tracks can be downloaded to your own phone in advance or on site at the advertising pillars. The tracks announce when the next one is to be played.

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