From Rostock to the Fichtelberg you can find them, the big industrial colossi on the roadsides. Destroyed roofs, broken windows and yet a very distinctive fragrance characterize them. Empty and cold they seem almost forgotten by many and regarded as a waste of history. But they carry that story deep within their walls. They once developed the cities into their present day image and led entire regions to prosperity. The root of today's modern Central European society.
The project Industrie.Kultur.Ost has adopted those factory ruins in eastern Germany and has set itself the goal of redefining the value of these buildings in the public debate. You do not encounter historical confrontation with the demolition excavator, you analyze the existence and put it into a relation to the present meaning for the people. It is an interaction of art, architecture, engineering and social structures, the diversity of industrialization.
The project Industrie.Kultur.Ost relies on three pillars of project work:
I. The photographic archiving of industrial culture.
The basis is a database with currently a stock of approx. 300 expired objects in the geographical area of the former GDR. Each object file contains up-to-date photographs of the building, historical photographs, a historical outline and further information.
II. The mediation of industrial culture.
The network Industrie.Kultur.Ost uses a variety of formats. Thus, exhibitions and panel discussions are held, topics in lectures on particular focuses of the East German industrial culture and received in guided tours on site, the history and present of a structural testimonies. Furthermore, another focus is on digital mediation and sensitization through "social networks".
III. The preservation of industrial culture.
The receipt focuses on two focal points. In its manifestation as a citizens' initiative, Industrie.Kultur.Ost campaigns for two special architectural testimonials of East German industrial history. Through network work, their preservation is focused and the buildings are brought back into the consciousness of the people through public relations work.
However, since industrial-cultural credentials are not just defined by structures, an emergency depot for industrial era components was established. In this, various components for revitalization are stored from the demolition and demolition of the building.
Industrial heritage means heritage, but to carry genetic material to subsequent generations, you have to be aware of its value. This is achieved by dealing with the architecture, building technology and history of industrial buildings. An industrial ruin is more than a stain, because every building has its own identity.