SAVE THE DATE: June 15 & 16: AIC ON 2018 – Join us for our annual weekend festival with exhibitions, actions, readings, performances and concerts.

The current AIC-Index 2017/2018 with an overview map can be found in participating spaces and other locations. It is also available for download here. Enjoy discovering the big variety of Cologne's independent art scene.

Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a newly founded network of independent, non-commercial art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals in Cologne. Subscribe to our newsletter (further down on the website) and receive regular information about the joint activities of the independent art scene in Cologne. Regarding opening dates in the different exhibition spaces, please check our website.

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GLASMOOG is a space for contemporary art and its related fields, founded at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) in 2009. The programme connects regional and international, well-known and less well-known artistic positions and flanks, with a view to media arts, the questions and discourses pursued at the KHM. With an exhibition area of almost 100m2, GLASMOOG offers a clear spatial situation, characterised by two large shop windows. Naming the space after the Moog family glazier workshop (“Glas Moog”) that formerly occupied the building reflects on the character of the neighbourhood, which was shaped by handicraft and trade, and into which the art academy has inscribed itself rhizomatically with its ateliers, laboratories, workshops and studios since its foundation in 1989. GLASMOOG functions as a membrane between the art academy, the neighbourhood, the city and the region with a regional-international orientation. Its core activities are a thematic series of exhibitions and events, complemented by artist discussions, performances and concerts. [read more]


The photo magazine Ohio has been self-published since 1995. Produced and edited by the artists Uschi Huber and Jörg Paul Janka (together with Stefan Schneider and Hans-Peter Feldmann until 1998), Ohio stands for the artistic gaze and presents its content in changing formats: in bound print form, as video DVDs or as unbound photo series in cardboard boxes. The emphasis is on trusting in the image itself and direct emanation from the material. Accompanying texts, which originally gave the viewer an interpretation, are no longer to be found in Ohio. The focus is not the aura-steeped monograph, but rather the utility character of technical images in general. Existing image material from private and institutional archives are taken and viewed in an artistic context. The methods of duplication and the economic feasibility of reproduction is an important, but also content-related decision for the presented material, for the image and sound. Ohio leaves the everyday, enters into the gaze and along reality until the next edition. Then real life and time, no fictitious stories, no narrations. Ohio’s further activities include exhibitions, lectures and presentation evenings. The origin of the images is precisely documented in the imprint. [read more]