In the spring of 2020, at the suggestion of the Cologne-based project space 101PS, a collaboration of 10 female artists and designers began. Numerous digital meetings were followed by a 10-day stay together in an old monastery
ruin at the foot of the Calmont on the Moselle. Each participant prepared thematically for the expedition and not only presented their own research results, but also led a disciplinary workshop for the group. Together, they researched new approaches to interdisciplinary exchange and a symbiotic design process.
For seven days, the designers from France, the Netherlands and Germany will present the results of their workshops on the theme of everyday life and mysticism in the project spaces GOLD+BETON and Mouches Volantes. They were inspired by historical Cologne women’s figures, such as Agrippina or St. Ursula, by Cologne landmarks, such as Matané’s dove fountain, and by everyday objects specific to Cologne, such as the ancient Roman snake-thread glass objects with Cologne curlicues and Baroque mirrors. The designers invite a contemporary dialogue between then and now, between analog and digital.