5th International Exhibition for contemporary Arts in Dresden
Patronage: Karl -Heinz Lambertz. Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium
In its fifth year the festival deals in the sense of the 1969 published roman by the US-
bestseller-author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) "Slaughterhouse Five" with the field of apparently free of structure-between historic and contemporary communicating states. The story of the novel "Slaughterhouse Five" plays for real on the present day area of the OSTRALE during the bombardment of Dresden inthe night of the 13th to the 14th of February 1945. The story weaves fantasy and auto-biografic aspects and is telling without a traditional structure and punctuation.
But the meaningful referring to the novel means a formale bound in the same time because only the arts are able to tell non-verbal. Every art is a form of telling because 'reality ́ is showing its essence by telling too. Already words are discribing states of things. The aspiration to truth and beauty of art is founded in this sense. But it
would be fatal to target this specific story to the artist-but a story which deals with the different historic and contemporary cornerstones-this is the challenge the OSTRALE ́011 wants to dare.
The theme symbolizes the continuing timeline of the development of the ailing buildin gs of the Erlwein-Slaughterhouse where the OSTRALE takes place every year
-which is developing to an all-year centre for contemporary arts.
Artistic Directors: Andrea Hilger, Dr. Martin Müller