Place your bets on the future of the Ruhr area in 2050!
Who will be using the racetrack in 2050? What will be the price of a family home? Will the Ruhr area be flooded as a series of pleasure lakes for the EU?
KUNSTrePUBLIK, in collaboration with artist Alex Head and urban researcher Miodrag Kuč, develop a betting office in an abandoned market trailer at the former horse racing track in Recklinghausen. Everyone is invited to place real bets on the sporting, demographic, economic, cultural and political life of the Ruhr in 2050. Gambling becomes a medium for the exploration of democratic and artistic participation. The Totalisator 2050, an anachronistic mega calculator from the world of horse racing, will decide the potential winner in 2050 when all bets will be settled at the site of the Recklinghausen racetrack.
The Totalisator 2050 is first used during the grand race of Pferpetuum Mobile vs. Opel Source. With each completed lap, a new questions is announced.
Following the end of the race in Recklinghausen you will be able to place bets online on the Totalisator 2050 website until one year after the project’s launch: July 20, 2015.
Alex Head was born in London, 1983, and currently works in the UK and Berlin, Germany. He is an artist interested in creating non-hierarchical networks of artists, researchers and citizens. His practice facilitates meetings between artists and non-artists within the communities and micro-communities that populate the artist’s working environment. His work often involves people, discussion and the translation of bodies of research into public events. Head studied a Bachelors of Arts in Sculpture & Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art (2007). He is currently studying a Masters in Spatial Strategies at Weißensee School of Art, Berlin (2015). Head is Co-Director of Wasteland Twinning Network, a transdisciplinary network for parallel research into urban wastelands.
Miodrag Kuč is an interdisciplinary artist and urban theorist trained as architect/urban planner in various cultural settings. His work explores the role of ephemeral structures in uncertain urban conditions and spatial appropriations of marginal social groups. He is founder of the studio ParaArtFormations which moves at the intersection of urban studies, performative planning, artistic interventions and micro politics. Currently he is teaching Critical Urban Studies at the EHU Vilnius and leading the projects Moabiter Mix (Actors of Urban Change network) and Lette Institut für Stadtpädagogik (Youth Centre BDP-Luke, Berlin).