“Go in instead of look at” – Allan Kaprow’s idea has been the leitmotif of our Immersion programme conceived over several years. Since 2016 we have presented pioneering artistic positions that break with the established scheme of juxtaposing work and visitor, stage and auditorium, object and spectator. What happens when aesthetic phenomena emerge amid a situation that surrounds us, that dissolves the framing portal and creates a world without an exterior? The familiar dualism of subject and object, of production and consumption, disappears – and is replaced by new rituals of participation and organization of materials and experiences. Following this trail, the Immersion programme series investigates and redefines formats, narratives and everyday practices of today that shape our relationship to art, the world and society differently than in pre-digital times. We have reflected on this change in new formats that question our idea of what a performance, an exhibition or a symposium is and show its variability.
Photo: © Mathias Völzke