OPENHAUS_extended 26/11/2016

Workshops and lectures on current projects, open studios and an outlook on the upcoming program in 2017

2pm – 8pm: Open studios
2.30pm & 6pm: Guided tours
2.30pm – 7pm: Workshops Güterverkehr (Idea Yard Market)
3.30pm: Presentation Hacking Urban Furniture
5pm: Roundtable Artist Dis-Placements

Entrance: Free

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A special extended OPENHAUS will close the year 2016 at ZK/U!

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. We would like to use this occasion as an opportunity to give an outlook on some of our current and upcoming projects, under the overarching theme called Resetting the City: Urban Infrastructure Revisited.

Although OPENHAUS is genuinely an interactive format, this time we would like to push even more towards discussions and exchange of ideas, find new ways of cooperation and synergies. In the non-conventional spatial setup, we will rethink the idea of the workshop as a conventional way of knowledge transfer, pairing artistic and non-artistic audience and (re)-producing non-hierarchical situations.

These workshops run under the motto re-pairs and are part of our new format called Güterverkehr. There will be serious (non)-artistic bread baking, you can collectively make a Christmas pillow and learn from an artist how to protect your bike by engraving.

We will introduce our upcoming project Hacking Urban Furniture, which aims at finding alternative models to planning and production of street furniture. The project Hacking Urban Furniture wants to examine this sector, which so strongly defines the public space in our cities, and, over the course of two years, reprogram it through artistic experimental designs. The project represents the initial point of departure in a long-term discussion, whose goal is to both to raise awareness among urban planners and to achieve real change with regard to interdependencies and future tendering.

In the framework of our project Ständige Vertretung (Permanent Representative), we will build an unconventional studio space for local artists on our premises next year. The designers Refunc and ConstructLab invite the audience and local artists to be part of the creative process of planning this studio space in a workshop situation.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about our Artist Displacementprogram, the objective of which is to connect artists to organisations which are not situated in a classical context of the art-sphere, and to reach a different engagement and an audience which is not naturally in contact with art. The three current dis-placed artists will show their  work in progress and their experiences at the host organisations, the Berliner Stadtreinigung BSR (Berlin Waste Management), the Berliner Feuerwehr (Berlin Fire Brigade) and the Deutsche Rote Kreuz DRK (German Red Cross). We will present as well the historical and theoretical background of Artist Placements from the beginning in 1960ies until today with the possibility for the audience to ask, engage and discuss with different parties involved in the project.

From the part of the Artists-in-Residence, this time you will have the possibility to take part in a special memory game, a discussion on ways of how to hack public spaces, an interactive performance where participants can experience the weight of a wall and a performance dealing with the question of the body, social presence and interaction with digital imagery. As usual, there will be guided tours to visit the artists' studios, and have insights into the creative processes of our residents.

Participating artists of ZK/U: Rebecca Digby, Jan Van Esch, Bart Groenewegen, Michelle Houston, Bokyung Jun, Jan Körbes, Atsuko Mochida, Denis Oudendijk, Yunju Park, Alona Rodeh, Sixten Sanne, Viktor Vejvoda, Damian van der Velden, Bo Wang & Claudine Zia.

Do not miss the opportunity to meet the artists in residency and explore ZK/U’s space and surroundings, to ask questions, to discuss and to exchange ideas about ongoing projects and artistic practices!


Atsuko Mochida



Performance: push the wall

There is a small room. If you need more space, try to push the wall.

Bokyung Jun



When I arrive in Berlin, I was surprised that so many people came from different countries.

There might be several reasons that people choose to come to here, Berlin as leaving their mother’s countries. That can be political, economic, religious, cultural, or personal reasons. They might dream of utopia, the 3rd land, which can be only exist in one’s ideal world.

The border that is existing in time and space not naturally but artificially-by the power relationship. The wall between the East and the West Berlin as well as the line between the North and the South in Korea shows this artificial border clearly.

The project, I am pursuing in ZK/U, <A-NOT-HER-LAND> is comparing two countries’ history about separation by outer force as well as ideology. I will create a woman’s story who search for the 3rd land, another land. This is deeply based on the Korean writer Choi, In Hun’s novel, “the square”. Through the concept of the square and the room, not only the ideological relationship between human beings and social conditions but also the meaning of truth can be questioned in this project.  

Sponsored by Arts Council Korea

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Michelle Houston



Cities are littered with ideas for social reform. I, along with my collaborator; Colombo’s wife from the 1970’s TV series Colombo, set about to explore constructed realities, the places of in-between marked only by their banality and generic interior spatial qualities. They are (semi) public places embedded in everyday culture and in plain sight and situated within the familiar. It's after the gold rush, we reach for the divine, the numinous, the requiem in pixels and bytes, teleported by screensavers.

Sixten Sanne

Capitalisation of public space & city planning in Scandinavia

Capitalisation of public space & city planning in Scandinavia

I will present a small documentation of a historical perspective on city planning & urban furniture in Scandinavia, as part of my initial participation in the Hacking Urban Furniture project, and I will be showing a perspective of the city of Trondheim, Norway as a comparison to Berlin.

How would you change the public space, and what would you want to use it for?

Please come in to my studio and let me know what you would like to do!

Yunju Park

<Far Far away> , performative installation and single channel video 05'45", 2016

<Far Far away> , performative installation and single channel video 05'45", 2016

The work is about the story of a person who has lived in Germany now, but came from South Korea long long times ago.

The narrative process in this story is combination between fact and fiction. All environment in the stage is accident and intended as well.

The natural power, specially the gravity is used as the methodology for this performance. The reason of the natural movement in this video is much more related to the ending of the story. the personal stuffs are thrown away to the sky as far as they can, but they have to fall dawn to the ground naturally. Naturalness is sometimes relatively different interpreted, but finally everything have to go back to the place where they come from. This is the main concept of this work.

Rebecca Digby



While researching social potential of digital imagery I came across an unexpected obstacle: a possessive emotion related to my work process. Disappointed in the un-ideological behavior of my feelings I noticed how the hyper-object of capitalism in constant flow through my synapses was painfully exposed. I was so happy playing subject-object- image with myself.

Bo Wang

Three videos with excerpts from Traces of an Invisible City, a project investigating into the urban space of Hong Kong as a showcase of the hidden logics of globalization, capitalism and historical changes of today’s world cities. Each looping video characterizes a kind of space: the global, the local and the border space.

Nomadic Art with Nina Prader

Memory Games

With her "memory tool”,  MemoryGames, Nina Prader invites people of various ages to a dialogue in which personal as well as collective memories and perspectives with regard to history or historical knowledge are shared with one another.

MemoryGames is made up of a set of cards that are "played with" in small groups. However, in contrast to the classical memory game, having to do with uncovering a matching pair of pictures, in the case of MemoryGames, there are no identical pictures. On the contrary, it's abstract motifs act as triggers, intended for the purpose of association, encouraging the participants to tell their own stories and enter into dialog in order to find shared stories. Consequently, the "game" mainly unfolds by way of talking: MemoryGames is a storytelling and conversation tool to participate in a commemoration culture in a "playful" manner. Sessions will be moderated by nomadicArt collective members: Tanja Knaus, Nico Concha as well as Nina Prader.