AsBest as German Waves – Die Deutsche Welle 2017-2020

ASBest as German Waves


2017 - 2020


AsBest as German Waves - The Deutsche Welle is an art project by the artist Jan Glisman in cooperation with the Cologne Art Association artrmx e.V. The project focuses on the removal of the former asbestos-loaded building of the radio station Deutsche Welle from the cityscape of Cologne. After moving out of the Cologne headquarters, the German radio station Deutsche Welle has been broadcasting its program from Bonn since 2003 and now also from Berlin worldwide. Due to contamination by various Asbestos varieties, the 138-meter-high building of Deutsche Welle will be demolished after only 20 years of use in Cologne. In addition to the emergence of astronomically high costs remain tons of contaminated building materials and the disappearance of the third highest building of Cologne.

By addressing these residues, the disaster of the history of this building is transformed into an artistic work. In the course of many years of research, various documents are collected in the form of video and photo material, which Glisman uses as the basis for the development of various artistic works. A solo exhibition, which celebrated its vernissage on 01.06.2018 in the cologne art association artrmx e.V., addressed the dimensions and peculiarities of the architectural colossus and was the first of the two planned presentations of the art project.

The project is supported by the Regional Cultural Fund of the Rhineland Regional Council, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the District Representation Köln-Ehrenfeld and also supported by Inficon GmbH and WSK Köln."AsBest as German Waves - Die Deutsche Welle" is a part of AIC ON 2018 - the joint event of the free art initiatives of Cologne.

atelierzentrum Ehrenfeld

Hospeltstraße 69 50825 Cologne

opening hours

Vernissage: 01.06 | 19:00 - 23:00
Exhibition: 02.06.18 - 17.06.2018
Thursday-Saturday: 16:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00


Extended opening hours:
Saturday, 16.06 14:00 - 20:00

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In collaboration with a research center, photographs were taken of various samples of asbestos from the building using a scanning electron microscope. An imaging technique that produces images up to 240,000x magnification.

 Video research

Scanning electron micrographs are used as scientific studies in dialogue with architectural images of the building, which are created using permanently installed stop motion cameras or free-floating aircraft drones. Photographs of the nearly 140-meter-high building, created from long distances, contrast with the results of imaging procedures of a scanning electron microscope of up to 240,000-fold magnification.
Collagen from the results of these two different methods of imaging, as an artistic abstraction, convey a reality to our urban, architectural environment in which we move on a daily basis.