dein fluchtort  [German for your ‘hideaway’, or ‘refuge’]

For a moment, exiting the everyday-life

The chitchat with a colleague on the way to lunch

The hurry to catch the tram

The hectic rush to the supermarket

The ever imposing advert panels

Grey concrete

Dogs, prams, cyclists dashing down rows of cars and runners

dein fluchtort is a temporary structure conceived and crafted by the artist katharinajej, in seven bustling public locations in the city of Cologne, during seven afternoons in the summer and autumn of 2017. A made-up retreat, it is built entirely in order to be stumbled upon along our perfunctory routes through the city. dein fluchtort is a walk-in sculpture, offering pedestrians for a moment, or longer, to escape, to disappear and break away from their own everyday-lives. dein fluchtort is like a cave, an interior space offering and enabling feelings of security, a space that invites to pause and contemplate amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Up to three individuals can simultaneously rest, do nothing, listen to the outside world and just linger for a while inside this dark space, which exempts from any obligations to purchase or abide by the regimes of good order, discipline and ‘funtainment’. dein fluchtort is, however, not only a hideout in the middle of the city. As other people are also invited to enter, it turns into a place of encounter, allowing strangers to coexist and share the space and their experience within.

The first public presentation of dein fluchtort will take place on 30 June 2017 at Venloerstr. 309, Cologne, between 5 PM and 7 PM. Depending on weather conditions, dein fluchtort will be put on again in different locations within Cologne in the months of July and September. If you would like to know where and when dein fluchtort can be found, please e-mail to katharinajej@yahoo.de for up-to-date information.

dein fluchtort is presented in association with ‘Fluchten’, an arts project initiated by the Arbeitskreis Migration des Diözesan-Caritasverbandes für das Erzbistum Köln. For further information please visit www.fluchten.eu.

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