Open Studios, Performances, Videos, Installations and Resident Talks

ZK/U BerlinSiemensstr. 27, 10551, Berlin, Germany

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.

ZK/U Berlin opens its doors to an interactive and collaborative OPENHAUS, made up of exhibitions and live performances that explore different social themes. You will find projects focused on identity and migration, and other artworks concerning the sphere of education and children in relation to urban spaces. Through a diverse range of audio-visual installations, there will be the chance to contribute to the creation of a platforms for cultural dialogue and knowledge exchange.

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.

This month with: Byungseo Yoo, Cesar Cornejo, Pierpaolo Curini, Helen King, Mano Leyrado, Noa Heyne. 

19.00-22.30 Open studios, installations
20.00 Guided tour

Free entry

Pierpaolo Curini


Photographs and Diary (2019)

“Attempt to Keep Memory Alive” is a performative work in which the artist, for 39 days, tries to keep care of an archaeological find from the Second World War collected in Teufelsberg.
This work is for the artist an attempt to keep alive the memory contained into the brick, which abandoned in the undergrowth does not become trivial stone but it fulfills the role of witness.
The aim is to reflect on the importance of the memory and its retention, to not repeat the mistake of the past.
On the last residence day the artist will bring back the brick to Teufelsberg.


Pierpaolo Curini


Fanzine, Analogue Photographs (2019)

The complex and multi-material structures in the playgrounds, stripped of their existential essence, the kids, lose their function , and through the photography they can be redefined as sculptural elements into the urban environment.

Documenting them through unemotional black and white pictures these objects of use value become aesthetic value objects.

Noa Heyne


Mixed Media, 2018-2019

During her 5 months residency at the ZK/U, Heyne will build an interactive architectural installation, inspired by transformations of materials and building styles caused by migration and refuge between Europe and the Middle East. The interactive nature of the installation invites the viewers to experience the piece through their body.
Home Taxidermy looks at the attempts of individuals and communities to rebuild their homes in a new place, and asks questions about the possibilities of preservation and restoration in the context of home and identity.

Helen King


Installation (2019)

Helen King presents a new installation work entitled Memory House: Play in the City. Thiswork is inspired by King’s current research focused on urban green-space in Moabit, Berlin. Through the practice of walking, King has identified several areas of interest such as: Fritz Schloß Park, VolkPark and Ottopark. These spaces are a nostalgic reminder of King’schildhood and her interest in these spaces is underpinned by the academic works of thinker such as Aldo Van Eyck and Paul M Friedberg.

“If the child rediscovers the city,
the city will rediscover the child- ourselves”
Aldo Van Eyck, Collected Articles and Other Writings, 1960.

Memory House: Play in the City takes the form of King’s childhood Wendy House- a garden playspace, studio and hideout- and will feature photographs, drawings and writings. The installation is a device for recalling the memories of our childhood, to share these stories within the community and engage in a dialogue about the importance of urban green-space.

Byungseo Yoo & Pierpaolo Curini


Live print processing with sound installation (2019)

Analog Processing Loop is a collaborative work by Pierpaolo Curini and Byungseo Yoo.
It consists of live photographic print processing with a live sound installation. For the piece, Pierpaolo will print pictures that are captured by a pinhole camera hand made by the artist. In conversation with the live print performance, Byungseo generates real time looped sounds using an analog reel to reel recorder.

Cesar Cornejo


Conversation (2019)

Cesar Cornejo will establish a connection between Berlin and Greensboro in North Carolina, town where on February 1st of 1960 at the Woolworth’s Department Store, four black college students sat down at the lunch counter and were refused service due to the segregation laws in place in the United States in those days. The movement grew to 20 students the next day and to 60 the following day. On February 4th, 300 students joined participating in what was to be known as the sit-in movement. This symbolic act became a landmark in the history of the civil rights movement in that country. North Carolina remains a conservative state to this day: given the current tense political climate, where extreme right movements are reemerging at a fast rate, it is important more than ever to bring the discussion to those who are on the opposite side of the aisle, and let that dialogue guide us to take necessary steps towards reconciliation and real progress. In this performative piece, Cesar will facilitate a dialogue between people in Berlin and people in North Carolina, by receiving questions from people in both ends directed to their counter parts, shading light on issues that they care about. This responds to the conviction that only by debunking preconceptions is that meaningful communication can take place. This project is an extension of the Puno MoCA project, which has among its objectives to extend the reach of art to non-traditional audiences and to create platforms for communication and exchange. 

Mano Leyrado


Exhibition (2019)

The artist and curator Mano Leyrado present his work developed during last two months in ZK/U residence program for artists. The exhibition curated by Boris MHL shows a series of works, mainly installations, based on his field research project about the relationships between cultural production and Argentinian artists who live in Berlín.

With a methodology where he combines scientific research, curatorial and artistic exercises, Mano Leyrado wants to contribute to the analysis of the phenomenon of artist migration in Berlín City through an artistic narrative.

Zura Tsofurashvili


Audio installation, CD presentation (2019)

In the year 1106, during the reign of King David IV of Georgia, a new structure was built based on maximum reflection and the transfer of respective spiritual and material circumstances. In unison to the geopolitical conditions at the time, the space transformed into a unique unprecedented hub for cooperation, and the exchange of knowledge and opportunities. Intellectual dynamics from the Byzantine Empire fused with local experience and knowledge produced an orthodox discourse within its structures, gaining an additional profile – a school. Thus, „Gelati“ was born. Gelati is located 10 km from the then-capital Kutaissi. Resulting from the teaching material generated by the educational processes of the Gelati school, the analysis, translation and renewal of certain educational structures strikes as crucial. Based on this example, on mutual experiences and cooperation, the development of a novel format in Berlin similar to Gelati’s was planned. 

The artist wanted to share the issues and forms that were revealed while working here. The work created is an example/model of a school. The structure and idea of the area comes out of the Gelati content/structure which transforms into the form of ZKU, and considers the child’s involvement in actual processes. School character will be physically revealed in one lesson.  With no teacher, the process relies on several key ideas: connection, recording, and publication. The main outcome of the lesson will take into account the time, language, text and communication capabilities. The group produces a sound in 45 minutes. As for the book, the artist writes a brief description and concept derived from its basic structure.

The school encompasses one 45 minute-lesson, where learning will be based upon listening. The allocated time and space will serve as an opportunity to be utilized according to content and format by each student individually. At the lesson/meeting, only one thing will be obvious for the students – for 45 minutes, every voice will be recorded, preserved and published equally in a digital recording/album/ CD format. The whole process will be transparent to all participants. Each participant will use earphones and a microphone. In this context voice, language and text become the main source; only increasing their impact on the listener. The materialization and presentation of the recorded voices within a certain space renders its function endless and timeless