for artists, scholars and practitioners in cross-disciplinary exchange
Series: Urban Contemporary –
Hotspot Berlin (Moabit), PART III
Fillip of a district through arts and research
Arising from the artists’ collective and registered association KUNSTrePUBLIK, ZK/U is the outcome of an integral concept. The Center for Art and Urbanistics has become an independent and well-established art space within only two years of its existence.
Visitors could leave their breath, writing
It has to be pointed out that the atmosphere created by the staff feels truly comfortable, cosy and wholesome. At the same time they arrive to provide freedom for inspiration and creativity, backed-up by scientifically sound and academic knowledge.
The residents, complete list here, are supposed to elaborate their project they applied with. Moreover, the main focus of the ZK/U residency programme is the cross-disciplinary exchange between artists and practitioners. The outcomes of their individual and collaborative work may include interactive schemes, symposia and exhibitions according to the conceptual frame.
Monthly visits by curators are scheduled, so the fellows have the opportunity of individual meetings and to collaborate with them in their projects.
The terrace, separated in a part accessible for the public also including a bar, and the ‘residents only’ part fenced by a red Chinese swing gate (title photo). For sure this veranda, also wheelchair appropriate, is one of the most outstanding features of this location. Enjoying the afternoon sun and the open view to the surrounding park attached to a playground, and the BEHALA industry building in sight: This will be the remembrance picture in mind for every fellow having spent time here.
An interactive piece of art by the artist Asha called ‘Die Insel’ is mapping special places within the district
Everybody who has a particular memory or made a special experience in correlation with a particular spot can write it on a flag and pin it on the wall.
As the immediate neighbourhood plays an important role for the urbanist and integrative agenda, local municipal workshops for specialised productions and installations can be realised. This happened e.g. during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer with organised and curated public viewings in conjunction with socio-political issues.
For detailed info see the Facebook events page.
The event takes place weekly, in summer time outdoor at the beautiful terrace, and in case the Berlin summer is not as warm as it is supposed to be, it is switched to the cinema and auditorium space inside the hall.
The site could not have been chosen better for raising a Centre for Art and Urbanistics – not only for its closeness to the Technical University and the University of Arts in the neighbouring quarter Charlottenburg.
Matthias Einhoff and Philip Horst
There were years of struggling for this location as Philip Horst, one of the founding directors, tells, but they finally succeeded.
With setting up a clever financing plan and combining supportive sources, they could realise the reconstruction, preserving the original character of the building, following safety regulations and setting architectural highlights.
In August 2012 the first residents were welcomed.
As it is eager to establish their work on a broad, interdisciplinary and heterogeneous footing, already a wide range of international partners in arts and research can be listed.
A lot of applications have to be reviewed and shortlisted by the jury. Open calls are sent out via the broad network of ZK/U, says coordinator of the residency programme Samuel Kalika. Being an artist himself, the Frenchman understands the needs and longings of the fellows very well.
The residency costs for individuals are 500-800 Euro per month, depending on the unit and their availability. Duration can vary between 2-8 months as artistic or research residencies in a 32-53 sqm studio. Of course, support in refunding with national bodies is provided and all existing networking facilities are enabled. Calls are out on regular basis, just check deadlines on ZK/U website.
Interview with Philip Horst ((left), founding director and board member,
and Samuel Kalika (right), manager residency programme, ZK/U –
Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, 21st August 2014.