outside the box:
the relation between art and the public

outside the box is a research project studying and experimenting with the living conditions and habitats of art spaces. Each of the six participating art spaces has its own question concerning its living conditions in its city, its relationship to the audience, the social or political circumstances or the history of its country.


Each of the art spaces acts as a guest as well as a host. As guest, a team travels across Europe to visit its host and, together with local audience members, sponsors, donors, passers-by, neighbors, politicians and critics to consider the question of the host and to research its living conditions.


The research teams are accompanied by Master students of the Choreography and Performance MA Program of the University Giessen. The students take on the role of documentarians of the research phases, the intentions of the guests and the results and take part in the practical research process.

The virtual research-platform is the space where you will find information about the research process of each of the six hosts: impressions, records, interviews, thoughts, notes, encounters, feelings and the atmosphere during the visit of a foreign space.

The results of the research will collect their findings—specimens, artifacts, drawings, notes, documents, guides through the urban jungle, instructions for movements in a cultural political ecosphere, maps of utopian reservations in sea boxes that will be presented at the market in Mannheim in June 2014.


20 – 22 nov/2013 + 17 – 26 mar/2014
Kanuti Gildi SAAL at Grand Theatre Groningen

Why is the contemporary audience less willing to follow the new developments and propositions that take place in theatres and art spaces? Why is there such a high demand for more accessible content, lighter and entertaining propositions?


01 – 16 dec/2013
Grand Theatre Groningen at zeitraumexit

zeitraumexit is recognized well beyond german borders for its work; upcoming artists and creative minds identify with the place and contribute new ideas. However, were we successful in creating a place for inspiration and discussion across the narrow borders of the scene? The fact is that zeitraumexit has made connections with Mannheim. But is Mannheim also connecting with zeitraumexit?


27 – 30 jan + 03 – 09 mar/2014
Komuna//Warszawa at Het Veem Theater

In times of stage shifting from theatres onto the social media platforms where everyone is an artist, and where by clicking the button ›join‹, one fulfills it and is actually already present at the event; who and why should still come to the live performance?


21 feb – 07 mar/2014
FFT Düsseldorf at Kanuti Gildi SAAL

In estonia, just as in the majority of ex-soviet countries, the audience for contemporary performing art appeared together with the artists. This means that the audience is from the same generation as the performers. We have discovered that even though our audience is growing the average age of our visitors is getting younger. Most artists who were active in the early 90s have meanwhile disappeared and so has their audience. Kanuti Gildi SAAL wants to bring back the older audience and hold on to the younger one at the same time. The question is, how?


10 – 23 mar/ 2014
Het Veem Theater at FFT Düsseldorf

How do experimental formats in the performing arts respond to the representational needs of a city? Whose interests allow for public negotiation when public spaces become subject to growing privatisation? FFT Düsseldorf pursues formats and strategies that facilitate a direct dialogue between art and politics.


24 mar – 06 apr/2014
zeitraumexit at Komuna//Warszawa

Komuna//Warszawa’s history is closely connected with the history of Poland and Warsaw after 1989. Social and economic changes shape the quality of life. What is the role of art and the function of pleasure in this context? What is the quality of pleasure in times of crisis? Is our venue a pleasurable place and what do we have to do to make it more pleasurable?