Zeche Hannover


Hard coal was the most important energy source in the Ruhr region for over a century. From 1857 to 1973, Zeche Hannover(the Hannover colliery) in Bochum produced huge quantities of hard coal. The exploitation of coal underground led to the settling of the earth’s surface throughout the region. The damage is still having an effect today. Mining and industry attracted many people. The history and current state of Zeche Hannover is closely interwoven with migration and cultural diversity. Aware of the cultural and economic importance, the museum takes these issues into consideration.

Zorka Wollny

Singing Machine

Futur II | 16.03.2022
Overtone Hive, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art 2020, photo Andrzej Golc

Zorka Wollny is developing a soundscape for Zeche Hannover, in which the influx of people looking for work from “all over Europe” is metaphorically taken up as a “flow of energy”. The Polish artist deals with the influences of European labor migration on the Ruhr region with a special focus on Polish-German life in the German state of NRW. The Malakow Tower of Zeche Hannover becomes a space-consuming sound installation that transforms voices from different communities in Bochum into a physically palpable listening experience.

From the middle of the 19th century, thousands of people from various parts of Europe moved to the Ruhr region and found employment in heavy industry, for example, at the Hanover mine. The workforce at that time consisted largely of Polish, Belgian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, and Portuguese workers. The artist works with residents and newcomers from Bochum. In doing so, she illuminates the collective fears and visions that relate to ecological and economic transformation processes.

Zorka Wollny (PL/GER)

Sound Design:
Steven McEvoy (IRL/DK)/ Bátor Tóth (HU/DE)

Anastasia Osoianu (MD/GER) – voice/ Bidisha Das (IND/GER) – electronic instruments/ voice/ Gîvara Efrîn (SYR/GER) – Saz, voice/ Mohamad Tamem (SYR/GER) – darbuka, flute, accordion/ Ralf Lambrecht (Bed/Ruhristan Medine) – tuba, sousaphone, trombone/ Shevan Tamo (SYR/GER) – guitar/ Su Dönmez (TR/GER) – voice / electronic- and bass guitar

Documentation (Insa Langhorst):

Joanie Lemercier

Slow Violence

Futur III | 12.03.2022 - 19.03.2022

In his audiovisual installation SLOW VIOLENCE (2019-2021), Joanie Lemercier makes it possible to experience human encroachment on the environment for the purpose of energy production and reflects on the visible and invisible consequential damage caused by the industrial use of the planet: With the help of monumental drone footage, Lemercier documents the landscape destruction caused by open-cast lignite mining in the Rhenish mining region. He combines shots of the earth’s surface torn open with mesmerizing shots of the Hambach Forest and the plumes rising from the power plants.

The outdoor area of Zeche Hannover creates an impression of intact nature. Today, however, the renaturalized industrial area is still strongly marked by coal mining. While the consequential damage persists underground and is thus less visible, a few kilometers further on in the Rhineland the extent of the open-cast lignite mining becomes immediately obvious. With the video installation SLOW VIOLENCE, Lemercier visualizes the extent of the ecological damage caused by the extraction and burning of natural resources. The title is inspired by the concept of literary scholar Rob Nixon, who has referred to the gradually unfolding destruction as “slow violence”.


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