Project for Urban Lights Ruhr / 2013

As part of an Urban Lights Event in the Ruhr area of Germany, international collective Office for Subversive Architecture (OSA) collaborated with artist Christoph Rodatz on an architectural performance of light and sound that focuses on a tower block in the centre of Bergkamen. Simultaneously a landmark and an eyesore, the structure has been unoccupied for 15 years and is due to be demolished at the end of this year.

As a farewell, the building has been painted black signifying its ominous fate but also transforming it into a screen for the projection of an absorbing laser show that tracks the story of the building.

Interviews undertaken with former inhabitants of the building are transmitted via a radio channel located at the top of the building allowing visitors to tune in on their own devices while enjoying the spectacle.