Founded in 1979, STWST will be in 2019 - 40 years. With the annual claim STAY UNFINISHED in 2019, the aim is to look at the art of the past and the projects of today. It's about history and now, it's about process and transformation. It's about not being finished, not getting finished, about a real existing utopia of open society and expanding contexts. We plead with STAY UNFINISHED for an art and society in development. We want to keep the space open for the programmatically unfinished, for the non-fixed identity, for water-clear and queer minds, and for the Many and the Other against the totalitarian one.

STAY UNFINISHED will create the annual program in various ways, for example through new projects in existing project tracks of STWST New Contexts, Showcase-Extravaganza STWST48x5, STWST CLUB, or the newspaper “Versorgerin”.

During the year, STAY UNFINISHED will be driving the programmatic orientation with art, text, context, lab and research. Beyond the usual jubilee, the projects will be re-fed with ingredients that have always fed the development of STWST, through an ideal-typical milieu of heterogeneity of art, media, technology, culture and the social.

The programmatic appeal STAY UNFINISHED also describes a focus on essential archive activities in the 40th year - and gives an indication of the large quantity and complexity of materials that have accumulated over the four decades. With the working title “MMXIX - 40 Years of STWST - ARCHIV”, an extra working track was opened in 2019, the results of which can be incorporated into the showing formats of the annual programme. In general it can be said that STAY UNFINISHED means the courage to be long-term.

MMXIX. STAY UNFINISHED - What will happen? We will see, you will see.

MMXIX. STAY UNFINISHED - Stay unfinished. Against the finished ones.

New Entrance Area

The new entrance area - since april 2019


STWST48x5 STAY UNFINISHED - In 2019 the 5th edition of the 48-hour showcase extravaganza brought together critical producers and artists to negotiate permanently unfinished conditions. STWST48x5 STAY UNFINISHED addressed the programmatically unfinished, the real existing utopia and the ever expanding art contexts of the new. 48 Hours Stay Unfinished. 48 Hours Totally Ready.
STWST48x5 STAY UNFINISHED, Sept 6th - 8th, 18:00

STWST Archive

Ongoing Work and Research on STWST Archive and in Kunstlager Nord STWST Archive.

3 of several fields of work:

  • Photo collection server
  • Video archive
  • Posters
  • and more

Publication series Archive Extended

Since the year 2019 and with the 40 year claim “Stay Unfinished” STWST starts a series of publications:

Archive Extended Nr 1 (2019) - Richard Wall: Persönliches Archiv - Erinnerungen an die STWST 1979 – 1991

Workshop Concerts STAY UNFINISHED

Instead of anniversary parties, series of workshop concerts and presentations will take place from 2019. This format was developed on the occasion of 40 years STWST.

Start in November with Ted Milton.

Next Event in Jan 23: Richard Wall reads from his publication “STWST Archive Extended Nr 1” plus concert - all participants: Richard Wall, Irene Kepl/Mark Holub, Gotthard Wagner/Luigi - Werkstatt Nr 2

Versorgerin as a book

Project in implementation phase: In the context of 40 years of STWST and the annual claim STAY UNFINISHED, all issues of the “Versorgerin” published until Dec 2019 were bound into a book object that can be read as a “transformed media object” and art project. This book object has already been editorially completed and is currently being bound (January 2020). It also refers to the publicly accessible and digitally available archive pages of the “Versorgerin”. It is planned to exhibit this book object in the STWST in 2020.

Foreword, image index and imprint of “The Versorgerin as a book”:

Versorgerin online:

Digital Archive Versorgerin: