In Conversation: Michiel Vandevelde

Michiel Vandevelde is talking about the idea behind and the making of his filmic retrospective ›Ghost of the Past‹ which will premiere June 10.

Eine Person ist von hinten zu sehen und blickt auf eine Online-Suchleiste.
© Photo: Konrad Waldmann

What traces do we leave behind in the internet?

In autumn 2020, the artists’ collective Laokoon called for anonymous data donations. For their artistic data experiment ›Made to Measure‹, the group then created the doppelgänger of one female participant: reconstructed right down to the tiniest detail, Laokoon staged five years of the anonymous data donor’s life at PACT. With ›Made to Measure‹, Laokoon is now bringing the experiment back into the digital space: the spectacular experiment is exposed on an interactive storytelling website and in a TV documentary - both launching on August 29th.

Artists' Centre

Residenzen: Cyril Baldy
Jana Mila Lippitz


Running all year round since 2002, the residency programme is open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music, closely linking PACT’s core strands of activity in presenting work and facilitating research and development. Apply now

Roestvrij, Photo: Lucia Gerhardt

Fellowship Programme

Through its Fellowship Programme 2020, PACT supports artists who significantly engage with complex social issues and use art to voice and impact on them. Three individual fellowships in 2020 enable teams of artists, activists, philosophers and technology experts, to connect and work in temporary research communities.


Spot On Economies – Call for Proposals

Spot on Economies – 1/2/8 Research Forum

Spot on Economies focuses on economies as crucial cross-roads between social, ecological, and political futures. Over the course of two weeks (01.-17.10.), PACT opens its whole house for a collaborative residential research phase framed by a public programme of notable lectures and workshops. Diverse research groups are invited to share and develop their ideas, questions, and proposals transdisciplinarily with other scholars, artists, practitioners, and activists.
The call for proposals and the online application form can be found here.

IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances
Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann / Design: labor b

IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances

As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art: Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether reflect on the relativities, metabolisms and relationships between the elements and protagonists of our world and how these impact on ecological, social, economic and technological developments in a community. How can new alliances that no longer place humankind at the centre of perception, shape and define new models of societies?

Blue Skies Bodies in trouble Körper in Aufruhr
Gestaltung: labor b designbüro

Blue Skies - Bodies in trouble // Lectures and talks available online

The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment – what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively? Over the course of five days, PACT and shine an investigative light on active interdisciplinary perspectives on new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative practices in the company of international artists, scientists, activists, publicists, students and audience members. All lectures and talks are available to see online.

Urban Space


The PACT Café is staying connected with you: PACT’s bright and spacious foyer, which is normally a popular meeting place for families from all over Essen on Wednesday afternoons, has now become the backdrop for an online edition of the PACT Café. Members of the PACT Café team will read to you from their favourite children's books. In this way, we hope to bring a small piece of PACT Café atmosphere to your home and still spend some quality time together, even if we are physically separated.

Photo ©: Dirk Rose


Initiated by PACT in close collaboration with the ›Arbeitskreis Kunst und Soziales‹ (Art and Social Engagement Working Group), the WerkStadt is a new local hub for open and ongoing communal discourse, activities and knowledge transfer.