Hülshoff Castle and the Rüschhaus once served Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff - namesake of the foundation and transdisciplinary universal genius - as places of artistic creation and centers of life. Her immediate environment, which presents itself to us today as steeped in history and feudal, was both a place of work and residence for her. The spacious parks, many rooms and small refuges allowed for inspiration and variety. A luxury that is granted to very few artists today. Especially in the pandemic, everyone learned what the size of rooms means for the size of creating and thinking.
Since 2017, the Droste Foundation has therefore been building the residency program. Two regular residency programs are hosted by the CfL. One of them has been created in cooperation with the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) and is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. This residency program is aimed at students of the university:
In a program lasting several months, selected students of the KHM work in presence in and around Haus Rüschhaus and Burg Hülshoff on artistic projects between text work and interdisciplinary creation. Originally divided into text and project residencies, ideas interwoven with literature are realized, planned and prepared here: Modern references to the places of life and work of Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff and her work, but also free projects between literature, performance, installation, film, music, digital art or sound art. Of course, projects with a clear focus on text work - for example poetry collections or prose narratives - are also conceivable, but experience shows that (under the influence of the atmosphere of Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff's interdisciplinary work) text projects can also unceremoniously become more holistic works beyond pure text work.
Another residency program is planned for the digital space, the web residencies:
One platform for new formats in art is certainly the Internet: Probably the biggest and most important engine of cultural progress for the present, and a refuge and place of experience for millions of people. The web has long been a playground to be fought for - and has always been a global writing room. As such, it is the optimal medium to also help drive the transformation of literature. This includes new and different forms of text production and mediation - individual as well as collective.
The web residencies are intended to enable artists to design and realize innovative digital projects in which literary texts are combined with other media and artistic levels, or in which literature is even rethought: Interactive websites, immersive performances, virtual or augmented reality, projects from the fields of gaming and social media, app and software, coding, analysis, archiving. Inspired by the transdisciplinary artist Annette von Droste Hülshoff, new paths of literature will be shown and paved on digital paths.
Whether on historical ground itself or in the digital sphere, culture needs space to develop and artists need time and space to work. With CfL's mission to facilitate access to art and culture for all, to create new connections of culture and society, and to show new paths and cross borders, the residencies are meant to be places for exploration and expansion of the cultural landscape.
However, the great importance of the residency program for the Droste Foundation is also reflected in a remodeling project: starting in 2024, the residency program is expected to be housed in its own guest house near Hülshoff Castle. This Droste residence with a guest house (13 residential units) and a studio is currently being planned, funded by the BKM in the program "Investments in National Cultural Institutions in Germany." The building is being realized by renowned offices Staab Architekten and Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, supported by the architects Mensen + Zora, who are highly familiar with Hülshoff Castle and Rüschhaus.