For several years now, the association IN’s NETZ has been establishing a forgotten transformer station in the center of Jena as the new cultural venue TRAFO. For this purpose, innovative cultural formats are developed and cooperation partners and helpers are acquired in order to develop a long-term operating concept. TRAFO is the new Jena innovation laboratory for contemporary art forms and media. It offers an experimental space for different forms of participation, in which members and participants, neighbors and cultural actors can develop their own formats and events.
›Entstehung einer künstlerischen Tatsache‹ is such a project and will find a home in TRAFO. It will thus enter the city‘s cultural scene as a new player, which does justice to Jenas scientific history, and acts as a much-needed bridge between disciplines.
The venue offers space for up to five artists in residence and also has enough space to carry out various participation formats with sufficient distance.
Already, TRAFO has become a central place for culture in Jena. Following new trends in urban development, we make it possible to expand the functionality of the place, to condense it and thus to create synergies between neighbors, art, culture and science. Located in the heart of the city, the Arts & Science Residency could build bridges between contemporary art and science. Genesis of an Artistic Fact should be the prelude to a long-term use of the machine hall and thus meaningfully complement the existing offer in the TRAFO. Through repeated use, a cycle of exhibition and residency is to be created. The location TRAFO thus provides a contribution to sustainable urban development through the meaningful use of the building.