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Lab visual art: “Safety first”

Safety first
Young European artists deal with the topic of “Safety first”.
Threats are not only a media experience, but are becoming increasingly visible in people’s everyday lives: a concrete dam in front of the promenade, nearly area-wide video surveillance in the cities and rising insurance premiums for damage caused by storms are preventive measures to increase citizens’ sense of security. The insurmountable fences at the EU’s external borders also serve to prevent an alleged threat.

Art Lab
What do young people in Europe think about security? What questions do they ask with regard to European, national or individual security in the face of global issues such as terrorism, flight or climate change?
During the project period (16th – 24th August 2018) artists are invited to implement their artistic positions on the subject of “security” in a laboratory that has the character of a workshop and to present them to the public in the context of a final exhibition planned. We are looking for up to 10 artistic projects, which can be realized individually or joint by the young artists in Osnabrück. The art space hase29 in the city center of Osnabrück with 250 m² of work/exhibition space and an adjacent (approx. 40 m²) studio are available for the production of the works. Works can be created in the form of sculptures, paintings, photography, video films or performances. Artistic interventions and actions in the public urban space are also desired, which promote a dialogue with the public and encourage people to deal with questions of personal or social security.

Who can participate?
The announcement is aimed at young artists below 25 years of age who have received or are currently receiving artistic training (at art academies or universities).
Up to 10 artists are invited to realize their works in Osnabrück. A budget of 500 € per project is available for material, technical support and technology rental. The laboratory art is supervised by the Society for Contemporary Art Osnabrück (

Those who are interested can send their application for participation in the Lab Art until the 15th of May 2018. It should include a CV, a project outline with details of the creation/work or process as well as material costs and, if necessary, technical requirements. The specifications should show how and to what extent the creation/work is to be manufactured or converted.

Please send your application until the 15th of May 2018 to:


Lab performance: ”The Listeners”

The Listeners
We, Kunsthalle Osnabrück ( and the theater of Osnabrück (, are inviting you to create and act out a performance with an artist and 10 local participants. There are many prejudices on performance art especially when it comes to take part in it yourself. That is why we want you to overcome your prejudices and be a part in a performance that you are able to create together with the artist Ernesto Pujol, dedicated to the topic of mutual listening.

Theater Lab
What kind of experiences have you already made with listening? What kinds of borders were opened for you because of it and which were kept closed? How are you supposed to communicate with each other while coming from different parts of Europe? What kind of experiences have you made with Europe and what do you wish for the future of Europe? Together we will work on a performance project from the 18th to 24th of August. You are invited to contribute your own type of reading to our performance and while working with us, find out what kind of performer role you would like to take on.

Who can participate?
We are looking for 12 participants who would like to work on a personal and group oriented project in the context of a public performance art.
Experiences in art, performance art or dance are not required!

As an application we would like a short CV and a letter of motivation which you connect to two questions:
1. Why is the art of performance interesting for you?
2. Phrase a personal question for the project, the artist, yourself or the joint work

Please send your application until the 15th of May 2018 to:


Lab digital media and games: ”Being European”

Being European
We all are Europeans – of course. But, do we really feel this way? If you are asked to define how you see yourself, what will be your answer? As an European? As a citizen of a state, region or city? What could it be about? Being European? Is it possible to be European at all? How is it and how has it been to be European?

Media Lab
Within the “Lab Europe” in Osnabrück we would like to collect various stories, reportages or fictions regarding this topic in a media-collage or a digital fanzine. The entries can be planned as a film, text or audio, as well as a game or an interactive work of art. The creators will be invited to Osnabrück to realize the entries together or individually. Beside the basic equipment for the production of film and audio, we also offer network technique, to work with Machinima, Let’s Play or crossover-format.
Who can participate?
Whoever is interested in media or creating media content is welcome in our lab. The basic equipment is available but of course the participants may bring their own. The participants should be familiar with the programs/tools they plan to work with. Professionals from the European Media Art Festival (, LAG Youth & Film Lower Saxony e.V. ( and the media workshop werk.statt will support you and your project.

Your application should contain a CV and a sketch including information about your planned project und the technical preconditions.

Please send your application until the 15th of May 2018 to:


Lab history: ”War and Peace in European history”

War and Peace in European history
As a designated “city of peace”, committed to promoting tolerance and intercultural understanding, Osnabrück is the perfect place to delve deeper into the topic of “War and Peace in European History”. The year 2018 will mark the 370th anniversary of the Westphalian Peace, the first “European conference” ever, which was heralded as the event that would bring lasting peace to Europe. However, in the following centuries fields and cities across Europe were torn apart by new confrontations. Since WW I and II Europe has avoided wars between its major powers for an extended period of time, but the dream of a truly peaceful Europe has not come true yet.

History Lab
The international laboratory provides a forum for young Europeans to exchange ideas on “War and Peace in European History” and learn more about the topic from a transnational perspective. During the youth meeting the participants will have an opportunity to actively shape the workshop and develop an international exhibition on the lab topic. To make this possible every participant is invited to bring one personal object that is connected to the topic of “War and Peace”. The object should be related to their personal history or possibly to the history of their country. The program will include guest lectures, talks, a meeting with eye-witnesses of the Second World War, visits to museums and places of interest in Osnabrück and its surrounding area.

Who can participate?
We are looking for 12-15 Europeans, in the age of 18-25, from various disciplines. The participants should be interested in the topic and will be asked to participate actively in the discussions and share their experiences related to the workshop theme.

Please send a short CV and a motivational letter which should include the description of the object you intend to bring.

Please send your application until the 15th of May 2018 to:


Lab music: ” Memory Culture - Songs from the KZ Theresienstadt”

Memory Culture – Songs from the KZ Theresienstadt
As part of the project “Lab Europe” the Institute for Music of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences ( offers a workshop for 10 young instrumentalists at the age of 18-25 years. Together with voice students of the Institute for Music 15 compositions by musicians from the Ghetto Theresienstadt will be worked out for different orchestration. Simon Wallfisch, a prestigious singer and cellist, will be the director of this workshop. As part of a well-known Jewish family of musicians, the pursuit with the creations of Jewish composers who were persecuted in the National Socialism is a great concern for Simon Wallfisch. He brings along a broad experience in the musical educational mediation of these works and their history.

Music Lab
The selection of the compositions that we will create, rest upon the researches of Ruth Frenk, singer and vocal coach. In the past years she was intensively concerned with the topic of “Music from the KZ Theresienstadt”. Within the final workshop presentations the participants will present the worked out songs in the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus/Culture-historical Museum Osnabrück. The transcriptions will be documented and offered for further presentations.

Who can participate?
We are looking for 10 young instrumentalists at the age of 18-25 years for the following instruments:

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Accordion
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Contrabass

As an amateur musician or student you have to have good musical knowledge and competences in theory and instrumental practice.

Your application should contain a CV with a photo as well as an indication of your instrument and information of your musical career.

Please send your application until the 15th of May 2018 to:

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