In 'The city, the island' I approach the relationship between Urban Island and Natural Island. ZK/U is located in the Moabit district, historically considered an island as it is surrounded by waterways. This characteristic makes it a unique place: an island within an island, a possible free zone where art experiments and hypothesises solutions for the future, remaining ideally-protected, but also critically excluded from the water itself.
Place of exchange and relations, a passageway for artists and researchers, ZK/U is a utopian atrium of Berlin's city. Before that, it's also the entrance to an island that does not exist.
This imaginative, territorial and political condition pushes me to imagine not only artworks for specific places - the atriums - but projects for specific territorial or emotional needs that go beyond architecture. The research consists of different visits to the neighbourhood and theoretical and practical studies. The outcome is a publication.
Project supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism under the Italian Council program (2020)