OPENHAUS 25/01/2018

Open studios, installations and resident talks

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 program.

The January edition of our Openhaus will be a part of the Vorspiel programme, a festival organised by the transmediale and CTM festivals in the run up to their own festivals at the end of the month.

This first OPENHAUS of the year is framed in today’s social challenges and depicted in images of what women have to face in Germany to reach empowerment over their life and body. You will also have the chance to take part in many participative works including an actual ice bath experience for which towels and swimming suits are advised or a performance through which people will interact with each other and the surrounding elements within Berlin’s winter context. The theme of migration will be also present through the event thanks to two works of sound and video including an artist talk. On the same matter, one resident will interview participants on the topics of sound memories, and present a visual work on History of Filipino migrants in Japan. Finally, the viewers will trace the lines between reality and imagination through video installations. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the residents of the ZK/U and to discover the projects within their space of conception.

Ps : Towels & Swimming Suits are still advised...


19:00 - 22:30 : Open studios, installations & food

20:00 : Guided tour through the resident’s works

21:00 : Artist talk with Orhan Esen and Lisa Sora Kohl

Participating residents

Rebecca Beinart, Roos Cornelius, Orhan Esen, Alix Lucas, Matthew Robinson, Ben Nathan, Renée Miles Rooijmans, Motohide Taguchi, Ragip Zik

Guest artist

Lisa Sora Kohl

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Link to event

Picture credits : Renée Miles Rooijmans

Matthew Robinson & Ben Nathan

Baden Projekt Berlin presents ICE BADEN

Interactive video installation

January OPENHAUS at ZK/U will showcase the fifth collaborative work by artists Matthew Robinson and Ben Nathan. Established in October 2017 Baden Projekt Berlin will continue to explore the infrastructure of the Western Port of Berlin and Plötzensee Lake. The viewer will experience an interactive video installation. Participants will be able to immerse themselves into an ice bath to experience ICE BADEN. To warm up after a fire will be blazing close by. Do not forget to bring your swimming costume (or not) and a towel.

Make sure to check out Baden Projekt Berlin online, to see a selection of previous works

Alix Lucas

Plan B

High pricing, shaming, victim blaming, the morning pill can be challenging to procure.

Through different medium, Alix Lucas will illustrate what obtaining the morning pill represents.

Renée Miles Rooijmans

During her residency Renée Miles explores seasonal interactions with(in) the urban environment while reflecting on the physical and social boundaries between private and public space. 

At this OPENHAUS she will invite visitors to participate in urba(N)est: a collective performance of nestbuilding. Taking inspiration from the way birds migrate and build temporal homes in cities, this experience in biomimicry will involve movement, interaction and storytelling. The nest will be built with locally gathered material that finds new use and also reflects the current season as well as stories about life at ZK/U.

Motohide Taguchi

During his stay in ZK/U, Motohide Taguchi plans to conduct the project "Exchanging memories related to sounds and music", which includes: 1) Research, 2) Workshops, 3) A final presentation with sound installation (or music theater work).

The project focuses on the environmental sound, music, and memories related to the communities of local German residents and immigrants. Motohide Taguchi tries to nurture the conversation between these different communities.

During the Openhaus program, the artist will conduct interviews of the visitors, related to memories related to sounds.

Additionally, Taguchi will show part of research results and previous work(s), through recordings, related to the issue of migration.

Roos Cornelius

In the context of the ZK/U Residency, Roos Cornelius will focus on an intriguing object that is oscillating somewhere in between reality and fiction, namely, the rumor. As long as a rumor is unconfirmed, it is neither true nor false; it neither is, nor isn’t. The rumor has proven to be an effective tool in both social and political contexts, having both a terrorizing and a freeing potential. Yet, a rumor seems to follow an interesting set of psychological rules, which Roos Cornelius intends to examine carefully during her project in Berlin. She will create several rumors around a specific building in Berlin. The building has been empty for years, but will suddenly seem to be inhabited again. At least, that’s what the neighbors will think. 

Ragip Zik

In the last years, Turkey has witnessed extensive use of images thru social media at two major events of its political and social history: Gezi Protest movement of 2013 that is a social movement carried by massive popular participation, and Anti-Coup resistance of 2016 that emerged as a result of an intra-state conflict which appealed to popular mobilization. Despite their differences, both depended on the production and use of a new visual culture. Both of them were intensively engaged with the Internet and digital practices, as like as many other contemporary movements of the age. They witnessed vast production and circulation of visual materials on social media platforms, particularly as still images, which are in the form of photography and design.

Ragip Zik explores how images become fundamental properties of mass mobilizations due to their semio-affective qualities. They help build and convey central narratives, develop collective identity, and evoke temporality. Going beyond their representational qualities of the reality, visuals bring in stories for people to interact and follow, and help construct solidarity bonds among the group members, while opening us a window to see and follow the traces of protest iconography. Viewers are exposed to these visuals ubiquitously due to the conditions and possibilities of production and circulation offered by digital technologies, even considerable time after the peak moments of mobilization.