OPENHAUS 23/02/2017

23 Feb 2017 | 19:00

(c) Image by Atsuko Mochida & FASSY collective


The OPENHAUS is a regular public format that takes place every month in ZK/U, inviting audiences to connect with the hosted projects and to explore the process of its residency programme.

This OPENHAUS explores physical movement in times of hypermobility with performances and installations. Visitors are invited to investigate the borders and grey areas between private or personal and public or commercial space through experimental approaches. In creative encounters with memories and objects, the audience explores alternative ways of storytelling.

On the same day ZK/U is hosting a public conference in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Berlin titled 'Stadt gestalten' in German language, as a prologue to the research and practice project Hacking Urban Furniture.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the artists and researchers in residence and explore ZK/U’s space and surroundings, to ask questions, to discuss and to exchange ideas about ongoing projects and artistic practices.

Participating residents: Bora Baboci, Bite Back Movement, Jan van Esch, Et cetera, FASSY, Seokkyung Han, Yutsen Liu, Valentina Martinez, Hannah Quinlivan, Enrique Tomás, Linda Zhang & Tyler Fox



19.00-22.30 Open studios, installations & food

19.30 Performance by Yutsen Liu

20.00 Guided tour with performance by Hannah Quinlivan

21.30 Informal discussion with Valentina Martinez and Jan van Esch


Free entry



Bora Baboci

Areals of Play

Routines, rituals, spatial performances and journeys of ZK/U residents have been studied and categorised into a collection that aims to make sense of our ritualisation of everyday habits. The spaces where this process takes space, called 'Areals' are also considered. Although there's an ambition to problematise these spaces, they are for the moment a collection of surfaces.
Then, the residents are invited to play a children's game, they go through a long warm up before they perform. They loosen up and explore ambiguous positions which reveal the values and expectations we project on our bodies. The game chosen to be performed is no longer recommended in children's playgrounds as it is considered unsafe. This game, to be found on Bruegel's 1560 painting Children's Games is becoming extinct. A spontaneous reproduction of the image stands on the side of the work evoking a nostalgic account of childhood, wanting to question the future role of our bodies and their respective Areals of Play.

Bite Back Movement

A Dangerous Figure

A Dangerous Figure was a solo exhibition at Somerset house in 2013, an online app, and a series of urban installations through 2014. Imagine if all the anger and frustration of the UK young unemployed were channeled into a single Everyman-type entity. This digital portrait was created by merging over 10,000 young unemployed people, who logged onto the app or visited the exhibition at Somerset House in 2013 and scanned their faces into the portrait. A Dangerous Figure is therefore a collective icon, a machine with the ability to unite all young unemployed people in the UK into a single ambassador, a face that represents their combined potential, hopes and fears
Following the exhibition, A Dangerous Figure was adapted into a series of urban installations which spread through public space across the UK. Over 15,000 A2 sized posters were printed by Don’t Panic Magazine and released over a period of months. Urban installations were installed in public spaces in London, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Manchester, which the public could interact with.

Jan van Esch

Artist Dis-Placement at the German Red Cross

"Twice a week, I meet with two elderly who have no family or friends. I'll listen to their stories, mostly the same ones, but I am there to listen. On sunny days I bring them together and go for a walk, and ..."
Towards the end of the Artist Dis-Placement at the Red Cross, Jan van Esch is finishing the 'anthropological - participating observation' period and is in the process of collecting stories from the volunteers. During the OPENHAUS he will present, as a work in process, their stories (e.g. storytelling / depicting stories) to the public.


The group FASSY examines the borders among public, private and commercial spaces by inserting a tangible presence and by so claiming the space for an individual.
During the last OPENHAUS they opened up their process to the audience, and this time each individual in the group has worked on a response to that process.
Their work as a group, and individuals, continues.

Reaction as reflection, reflection as reaction.


Seokkyung Han

Objects in a recontextualised space 

To live in a foreign country means to inevitably become a stranger. I want to willingly use my own foreigner’s gaze for the creation of my new piece. I will collect objects in relation to my discovery of the new country during a short stay.

Yutsen Liu


Installation / performance (20 min.)

There is a pendulum moving in a space.
A "real pendulum" which moves against human's "simple ideal".
A demonstration of living in the system.

Valentina Martinez

Les Grands Voisins

Valentina believes in viewing community-organizing and cultural transformation with an aesthetic eye, which is why her research project involves exploring communities of urban activists and urban professionals that work across the fields or art, urbanism, communication, design and social work. Her research explores the concept of bottom-up creative platforms for participation in cities and emerging practices in urban contexts where new and alternative third places are being created.
During the Openhaus she will present Les Grands Voisins (The Big Neighbors) as an experiment in community organizing in the city of Paris and will talk about the practice of participation and volunteering onsite.


ZK/U + M

NomadicArt is offering diverse creative and cultural acitivities, that empowers newly arrived citizens to enter the ‘public arena’ despite legal obstacles restricting their mobility and inclusion in social life. The workshops and events facilitated by NomadicArt are co-created by migrants and experts. They provide a safe space for exchange and action. Besides that, NomadicArt is connecting and including various stakeholders from society: migrants, refugees, activists, researchers, volunteers and other actors in the close neighborhood.

Hannah Quinlivan

Travelling Light

In collaboration with Louise Keast and Shikara Ringdahl (vocals), and Alex Hobba (videography)

Travelling Light explores the notion of adaptation in a time of constant motion. The question of movement seems to haunt our times. Some move freely, perhaps too freely, we are constantly reminded of the environmental consequences of our hypermobility. ‘Things’ are also in motion, moving faster and further than ever. Hypermobility has its complement, however. Motion is haunted by its shadow, the forced immobility of those who are unable to move but unable to stay still, or coerced dispersion and flight. This divergence – hypermobility for some, force immobility for others – creates a new type of conflict, the dissonance produced when motion contains both the hope of freedom and the lingering trace of coercion.

Enrique Tomás

Tangible Scores

Enrique Tomás is presenting some new tangible and musical interfaces created during his stay at ZK/U. Escaping from traditional approaches to computer interaction based on symbolic and linguistic technologies, Tomás's work proposes activating the body first for letting the mind observe its result.

(Artist in Residence supported by CTM and ENCAC)

Linda Zhang & Tyler Fox

Memory Clinic: a space for encounter


Pick an object, discover a memory.