Ghost Tram by Mischa Kuball in Katowice, Poland (2013)
Mischa Kuball’s Ghost Tram in Katowice7-11 March 2013
Text closely very based on press release text by City Of Gardens, Katowice organisation
On 7 March, Mischa Kuball presented his new project The Ghost Tram in Katowice. Following previous works Passage publique / Entrée publique in Metz, France in 2010 and LightMatrix in Tokushima, Japan in 2012, The Ghost Tram is another light intervention in the public space and another part of his continuous project Public proposition.
In cooperation with Institution of "Culture Katowice – City of Gardens", Mischa Kuball has repositioned an 25-years old tram into the glowing object. The Ghost Tram appears on the tramway tracks of Katowice and other cities of Silesia region after dark, attracting the attention of passengers and random passers-by. On the front of the tram, its destination indicates “Nowhere”. This extraordinary tram doesn’t stop at stations and doesn’t take any passengers. The timetable is unknown, as is the day and moment of its appearance. The project will continue until 11 March.
Since 1984, Mischa Kuball (born 1959, Düsseldorf) has been working in public and institutional spaces. He has received notable awards and scholarships, and since 1991 he has been teaching at various universities and art schools. In 1999/2000 he was a visiting professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, working on the subject of light and space. From 2004 to 2008, he taught media art at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe. Since October 2007, he has been a professor for media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and founded the "-1/MinusEins Experimentallabor“ there.