About Implantieren

The performance festival IMPLANTIEREN2020 of ID_Frankfurt invites you to encounter artistic works of the independent scene in urban space for three weekends in Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Offenbach from August 20 to September 6, 2020.

For years, the independent scene in Frankfurt and the region has had a remarkable density and competence in the areas of performance, dance and theatre, which IMPLANTIEREN2020 is now bundling, networking and presenting in urban space for the fourth time. As a production platform, the festival thus opens up new perspectives for regional artists* beyond the established institutions.

In addition to nine artistic works, most of which were produced especially for the festival, discursive formats and an educational programme will be developed for the upcoming festival edition. These will also focus on this year’s focus on public and communally used space. For the first time, IMPLANTIEREN2020 will also provide two research residencies for artists* and invite them to further develop their site-specific projects within the framework of the festival.

At the same time, the festival wants to be a place for real encounters in order to create spaces for meeting and exchange, especially in the current situation. Because at present it seems more than ever necessary to think about being together in public space: Which spaces can be used jointly and how, what forms can togetherness take in spatial terms? Through the appropriation and co-design of public space with the help of artistic strategies, a focus will be placed on the concept of commons
are understood here as a practice from the I to the We, which attempts to rethink social living and working together.

This becomes visible above all in the festival centres, which are created in close cooperation with local initiatives. With them, IMPLANTIEREN2020 plays in three completely different locations in the three festival cities. During the weekends in August and September 2020, a
Section at the Weckmarkt in Frankfurt (20. – 23.08.2020), the eastern slope in Darmstadt (28. – 30.08.2020) as well as the main station Offenbach (03. – 06.09.2020) marked as festival centres. Set up as places where different forms of meeting are possible, they show how public space can be used together.
The starting point is formed by the three places in all their diversity. For example, Offenbach’s main train station is an infrastructure in the middle of the city that has hardly been used for several years. In the context of the festival, together with the initiative Hauptbahnhof OF, it is to be transformed into a place with diverse forms of use. Darmstadt will host the Festival Centre on the eastern slope, a self-governing cultural centre, where practical examples of what a joint design of spaces can look like are already being demonstrated. In Frankfurt, it will stop near the northern bank of the Main, a section of road that is currently only temporarily closed to car traffic, inviting visitors to try out possible forms of use and redesign public space in a collaborative way.

IMPLANTIEREN is a biennial performance festival organised by ID_Frankfurt e.V. (Independent Dance and Performance e.V.). It emerged in 2013 from the festivals Tanzpanorama and Rough Cuts and, as a format for site-specific performances, explicitly responds to the lack of space of many freelance artists*. With its last edition in 2018, the festival with its 11 productions as well as dance workshops and discussion formats has performed at a total of 29 locations in Frankfurt, Hanau and Offenbach. Since 2019 IMPLANTIEREN has been part of “Festivalfriends”, a network of regional festivals of the liberal performing arts, consisting of Performing Arts Festival (Berlin), 6 tage frei (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), RODEO (Munich), and FAVORITEN (Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia).

In cooperation with numerous institutions and initiatives of artists, scientists, activists and residents in the three cities, IMPLANTIEREN2020 is testing various forms of artistic appropriation of space and spatial design.

Participating artists
Philip Albus & Ana Berkenhoff, Janina Castellano, Frida Laux, PARA, ScriptedReality, Ülkü Süngün, Hannah Schassner & Mirrianne Mahn (theaterperipherie), zaungäste, 431art – Haike Rausch & Torsten Grosch