from Adem Köstereli, Franziska Schneeberger, Jan Godde, Maximilian Brands, Wanja van Suntum
Interview Jasmin Degeling, Sipan Ali & Azad Helez, Katarína Marková, Achim Sprajc

The tramway 302 travels through Wattenscheid and Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf. 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.

  • accessibility

    of the route

    All vehicles of line 302 are barrier-free, as are the entrances and exits of the stations "Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof" and "Bochum Westpark". The chosen entrance/exit at the Jahrhunderthalle is not barrier-free, but can be reached via the direct step-free path.


The tracks can be played live from this page, using mobile data. Alternatively, the tracks can also be downloaded in advance to your own phone via WLAN. Free storage space is required for this.


Das letzte Lied des Kanarienvogels

(an den Ruhrpott, während seiner großen Flucht vor den Kohleminen)