Dear Center for Literature, what kind of spaces do you have?
With Burg Hülshoff and its entire estate as well as Rüschhaus, the Center for Literature has two locations. Both are associated with the life of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: she was born in Burg Hülshoff and lived in Rüschhaus (after the death of her father) beginning at the age of 29 .
In the coming years, the Center for Literature will also work at other places beyond these two locations, depending upon the people, initiatives and projects it is connecting with.
The Center for Literature will work with the estate of Burg Hülshoff and Rüschhaus in a site-specific manner. The method of working in a site-specific manner comes from the visual and performing arts. It takes the authentic living space of the Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff and the buildings added later by the family and charges them with themes. In a site-specific production, Burg Hülshoff and the other buildings are no longer only authentic - they also perform alongside, thus extending beyond themselves.
So Burg Hülshoff is the main stage and Rüschhaus is the secondary location?
For example, when the focused is placed on the context of ecology and construction in 2019, there will be numerous formats that move between the baroque park and the construction site in the outer bailey. Villa Schonebeck, on the other hand, constructed in the art noveau style, makes for a pretty good haunted house. And the historic milking parlor in the Rentei from the late 1950s which is now landmark protected, why shouldn't it tell us something new about care, for example, about care work shortly after a devastating war?
The events of the Center for Literature will continuously use the spaces of Burg Hülshoff and Rüschhaus in new ways. They will do so with texts, installations, festivals, exhibitions on important topics that concerned Annette von Droste-Hülshoff back then and that continue to drive our society today. People will walk through rooms that have changed by art and the very act of walking through rooms and themes functions itself as an individual and collective reading of literature from the past and present. (And with this, the idea of wandering becomes part of the literary future).
During festivals, the individual parts of the estates and buildings will always be renamed. There will also be new temporary buildings - using tents, installations and piles of rubble.