In "The city, the island" Alice Pedroletti approaches the relationship between the urban island and the natural island, by developing her project and analysing the neighborhood of ZK/U.
As Alice states, ZK/U is located in the Moabit district and is historically considered as an island, since it is surrounded by waterways. For her, the residency is a unique place, a possible free zone where art can experiment and create hypothetical solutions for the future. Ideally-protected, but also critically excluded from the water itself, it is a place of exchange and relations, a passageway for artists and researchers. Alice sees ZK/U as an utopian atrium of Berlin.
This imaginative, territorial and political condition pushes her to imagine not only artworks for specific places but also projects for specific territorial or emotional needs that go beyond architecture. The research consists of different visits in the neighbourhood as well as theoretical studies with the aim of creating a publication. The project is 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).