Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Teilhabe, Kulturliste Düsseldorf in Cooperation with FFT Düsseldorf and Zentralbibliothek (Ventral Library) im KAP1

Kultur mit wem? (Culture, with whom?)

Table talk on culture and participation

Conference Talks & Workshops Social/Urban Movements

How can we achieve an equity of participation in culture? What are the strategies and concepts employed by cultural institutions to reach new or diverse audiences? And: What does a potential audience think of those ideas? The workshop talk will be about all this, while current research findings of an examination on users’ behaviour in culture will be presented and discussed. There will also be additional lectures on participation and equity by migration researcher Mark Terkessidis and writer Mareice Kaiser.

Furthermore, cultural practitioners will introduce projects aimed at dismantling barriers and instilling new encounters. Among them are PACT Zollverein from Essen and Seniorentheater in der Altstadt (Old Town Senior Citizens’ Theatre) from Düsseldorf. The FFT will present its reflections on the theatre foyer as a social and shared space. And there will also be an input given by Kulturliste Düsseldorf who distribute free tickets to people who could not afford cultural events otherwise.

Kulturlisten (Cultural Lists) provide an important contribution towards improving cultural participation for people with low or no income. They are engaged active civic partners in the opening and transformational processes within cultural institutions. Art and culture are not consumer products but rather require everyone’s active partaking. We are therefore glad that we, together with the Zentralbibliothek (Central Library), will be able to host this special conference aimed at participation and broad involvement here at KAP1.

Conference Programme

11.30 am – 12.00 noon Arrival and reception
12 noon – 12.15 pm Welcoming Address by Professor Doctor Ulli Seegers (HHU) and Sabine Ruchlinski (Chairperson BVKT e.V.)
12.15 pm – 1.00 pm Presentation of the research findings “Cultural Participation and Citizen Science” (Christine Stender, HHU, and Jasmin Zdun, HHU)
1.00 pm – 1.30 pm Kohle, Care und Kultur (Dough, Care and Culture) (Mareice Kaiser)
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch break with catering
2.30 pm – 3 pm Lecture on equitable participation (Dr. Mark Terkessidis)
3.15 pm – 5.15 pm Themed rooms at the FFT and at the Zentralbibliothek (Central Library): Ways toward equitable participation (In the rooms “Miterleben (Co-Experience)”, “Mitbestimmen (Co-Deciding)” and “Mitgestalten (Co-Developing)”, the FFT, alongside PACT Zollverein and Zentralbibliothek, introduces projects that foster more participation that have either already been successfully implemented or that will soon be realised.)
5.15 pm – 6 pm Table talks – open exchange

Supporting Programme

10 am – 10.30 am + 2 pm – 2.30 pm + 6 pm – 6.30 pm Short, guided tours of the Zentralbibliothek (Central Library)
6.30 pm – 7 pm Introductory talk on Daughters of the Future von waltraud900 im FFT (Foyer FFT)
7 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Daughters of the Future von waltraud900 im FFT performance by waltraud900 at the FFT



Mareice Kaiser, born in 1981, scrolls, writes, and talks about topics of equity. Her texts, podcasts, and video formats deal with power relations and how we may change them. medium magazine voted her among Germany’s top ten economic journalists in 2022. She was nominated for the Deutsche Reporter:innenpreis (German Journalists’ Award) for her essay «Das Unwohlsein der modernen Mutter (The Modern Mother’s Malaise)»; her eponymous book was published by Rowohlt in 2021, immediately entering the Spiegel bestseller list. Her current book is «Wie viel – Was wir mit Geld machen und was Geld mit uns macht (How Much – What we do with money and what money does to us)», wherein she tells her own money narrative as well as that of other people – people with very little money, people with lots of money, and people in-between. «In-between», that is also how Mareice Kaiser situates herself socially.

Dr. Mark Terkessidis is a freelance writer, working on the topics of migration, racism, social change, and remembrance. Studied psychology in Cologne, graduating with a PhD in educational theory in Mainz. Editor at “Spex” magazine, radio presenter at “Funkhaus Europa” for the WDR, Fellow at the Piet Zwart Instituut of the Willem de Kooning Akademie Rotterdam, associate lecturer at the St. Gallen University from 2012 to 2017. Numerous contributions to tageszeitung, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Freitag, Literaturen, Texte zur Kunst and others as well as for Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk. With Jochen Kühling, project leader for “Heimatlieder aus Deutschland”. Current book publications are: “Interkultur” (Interculture) (2010), “Kollaboration” (Collaboration) (2015, edition suhrkamp), “Nach der Flucht. Neue Vorschläge für die Einwanderungsgesellschaft” (After the Flight. New Proposals for an Immigration Society (2017, Reclam), “Wessen Erinnerung zählt. Koloniale Vergangenheit und Rassismus heute” (Whose Memory Counts. Colonial Past and Racism Today) (2019, Hoffmann & Campe), “Das postkoloniale Klassenzimmer” (The Postcolonial Classroom) (2021, Aktion Courage); With Natalie Bayer (ed.): “Die postkoloniale Stadt lesen. Historische Erkundungen in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg” (Reading the Postcolonial City. Historical Explorations in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (2022, Verbrecher Verlag).

Tagungsorganisation: Christine Stender, M.A., Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin HHU, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Jasmin Zdun, Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft HHU. Grafikdesign: Kristina Vogel.


We would like to express our gratitude to the Citizens’ University at Heinrich Heine University, the Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der HHU (the HHU Friends and Supporters Association) as well as the Kreis der Freunde des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte der HHU (the Circle of Friends of the HHU Institute for Art History).