Healing Complex Summit – Announcements


A summit concludes the first phase of Healing Complex (2018–ongoing)a joint project by Irena Haiduk and Urbane Künste Ruhr.

Initiated and produced by Irena Haiduk and Urbane Künste Ruhr under the artistic direction of Britta Peters, the Healing Complex (2018–ongoing) has been open to the public since June 3, 2022 in Gelsenkirchen-Erle. At the center of this work, developed specifically for the Ruhr region, is a multi-purpose communal oven supplying a public bakery and a future sauna area, a nurturing and warm place in line with the methods of care and restoration of the natural habitats of this former industrial region. healing complex is supported by a labor exchange economy free from traditional means of monetary transactions. The economic concept in the healing complex includes etched furniture by Irena Haiduk, used for on-site frottage, as well as a wide range of workshop activities.

The classic post-war modernist Church of St. Bonifatius, which hosts the long-term project, was built by Essen architect Ernst von Rudloff in 1964 and deconsecrated in 2014. It features a folding roof structure, composed of 78 identical triangular panels, which were cast on the ground, assembled and then lifted on the eight concrete pillars using hydraulics. The building consists almost exclusively of hexagonal elements crowned by a continuous band of windows connecting the ceiling to the non-bearing exterior walls. Currently owned by a local bakery, the building is rented by Urbane Künste Ruhr until autumn 2023. Until then, the healing complex continues to evolve with daily use. Over the past five months, the location has been used for a wide range of functions, such as public baking events, workshops, conferences, a holiday program and an international summer school. Opening hours and further information are available at healingcomplex.net.

The first phase of the Healing Complex (2018–ongoing) ends in November with a summit. During this time, two mobile saunas will be installed in the car park in front of the building, while inside, Third Space issues will be addressed during various project presentations. Under the title Reinigungsrituale und andere Flusse (Purification Rituals and Other Rivers), two films about Emscherkunstweg a sculpture trail will be presented in the afternoon.

Visitors are warmly invited to spend the day relaxing in the sauna and celebrating the closing event at healing complex. In March 2023, the second phase of the project will continue with new ideas.

Healing Complex: SummitA day of conversation and sauna
November 12, 2022

11 a.m.: Warm up: heating of saunas and open workshops
1 p.m.: Impulse conferences and project presentations
4 p.m.: Reinigungsrituale und andere Flusse (Purification Rituals and Other Rivers): Screening of two films on the Emscherkunstweg with artist conversation
6 p.m.: Final discussion and cooking together
8 p.m.: Closing with a DJ set

With Samia Abed, Sajida Al Shikan, Nikity and Anna Cainelli (EPIQ DJ Collective), Irena Haiduk, Florine Lindner, Marijke Lukowicz, Britta Peters, Kollektiv RISS and Golden Diskó Ship, Alina Schmuch, Ani Schulze, Florian Tampe, Tim Voss and d’ other guests

The detailed program as well as information on the use of the saunas are available on urbanekuensteruhr.de. Current Covid-19 regulations apply. We recommend that you wear a medical mask.


Regular opening hours at healing complex
Thursday 2–6 p.m., Friday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Irena Haidouk runs Yugoexport, an oral society whose founding logic is equivalence, loyalty and family solidarity between people and things. Initiated as a copy of the former Yugoslav clothing and weapons manufacturer Jugoeksport, Yugoexport is officially incorporated in the United States (where companies are people), launched in Paris and based in New York, Yugoexport trades slowly, at the pace of its own economy. Their maxim, “How to surround yourself with things the right way”, is the fundamental principle that underlies the production of images, books, clothing, prayers, films, scenographies and variable spaces. , all designed to feed the organ of the imagination.

Urbane Künste Ruhr is a polymorphous decentralized institution for contemporary art in the Ruhr region, under the artistic direction of Britta Peters since January 2018. Founded following the Ruhr Capital of Culture year 2010, Urbane Künste Ruhr works in cooperation with local and international partners to initiate projects in public spaces, exhibitions, residency programs and events. A long-term cooperation project is the permanent sculpture trail Emscherkunstwegimplemented jointly with the Emschergenossenschaft and the Regionalverband Ruhr.
Together with Ruhrtriennale, Tanzlandschaft Ruhr and ChorWerk Ruhr, Urbane Künste Ruhr is part of Kultur Ruhr GmbH, owned by the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regionalverband Ruhr and headquartered in Bochum.


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