© Eric Anderson, video still from "Someday Someone Will Help Me", 2019

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

OPENHAUS, organised every other month, opens the doors of our residency and gives the public a chance to discover our residents’ artistic projects, discuss and exchange directly with them.

For this edition of the OPENHAUS, sound and video installations invite us on a journey through the personal experiences of our resident artists as well as their relations with both their hometowns and Moabit. Whether through a personalanarchive or audio recordings, the audience will dive into the intimate encounters of our residents with Moabit. Another investigation into this district as an interactional space will reveal connections between two completely different groups of animals: humans and firebugs who share the same resources. Testimonies on contemporary matters of urban transformations and speculations on non-human labor, the use of blockchain technology, and complex relationships between media forms will be expressed through installations and paintings. Finally, questions around the notion of "strong body" in a capitalist society that is based on the demand for performance and productivity will be raised.

Also, Raviv Ganchrow's sound installation "Westhafen Ground-Electric" in the ZK/U basement will be still on display during the event.

Byungseo Yoo

Byungseo Yoo has spent 1 year with us at ZK/U since arriving on December 1st 2018. From that day onwards, Byungseo Yoo has recorded music every single day – his project 'End' (2019) is the documentation of that.

Eric Andersson

Eric Andersson will be presenting his current work 'Someday Someone Will Help Me' (2-channel film, 2019), in which he attempts site-specific interactions from approaching the red firebugs of Moabit.

Fathia Mohidin

Sweat & Moan (work in progress) by our artist-in-residency Fathia Mohidin revolves around the strong body in the capitalist society, with the high demands on performance and productivity. Fathia is researching the resemblance in the structure and architecture of the gym and the factory, the training movements borrowed from repetitive physical labour, as well as ambiguous training equipment. 

Through this research, Fathia has been recording sounds in the gym from the machines, the weights, and from the body while exercising. Like the equipment, the sound moves the body between the gym, labour and bondage.

This residency is made possible by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.


Jorgen Doyle & Hannah Ekin

Hannah Ekin and Jorgen Doyle have a proposal. The "Proposal for the dissolution of Island G" (2019), which they will be presenting at OPENHAUS November. 

Island G is a man-made island in Jakarta Bay. Since the island’s construction was halted in 2016, it is slowly subsiding into the surrounding waters. Mangrove plants have taken root and lagoons have formed within the island, providing a sanctuary for aquatic birds. The island’s future remains up for grabs as the developers seek renewed permission to continue its construction. The project is a speculative proposal for the use of smart-contracts and block chain technology to facilitate the island’s continued dissolution.

The project is also providing a basis to researh capital’s intensified financialization of nature and the uneven effects of this between the global north and south.

Marcos Vidal Font

The goal of the project is to create a personal anarchive, made with the artist's speculative fictions in the Moabit neighborhood. Overcoming the geographical, political and historical discourses related to the area, "Sensible Encounters" explore the synchrony points between the common space and the own personal expectations. The audience is invited to follow Marcos' drifting, looking at the objects that were collected in different spots. The prints and the ceramic casts are the traces of this dérive. Project in dialogue with María Morata.

The residency is supported by the Institut d'Estudis Balearics.

Nihaal Faizal

Nihaal Fazial will present his ongoing work, ‘Shaktimaan SFX’, which brings together drawings of various digital special effects used in the popular Indian TV show ‘Shaktimaan’. Broadcast between 1997 and 2005, ‘Shaktimaan’ was the first show produced in India to present both a superhero, and an extensive display of computer graphics. Widely popular, these now outdated special effects present a range of images, including symbols of threat and violence, symbols of Hindu ideology, appearances and disappearances, and various states of material transformation. In translating these special effects, as drawings made from the imprint of carbon paper sheets, the work functions between acts of translation, complicating relationships between media forms, acts of copying, and the representation of digital entities.

The residency is supported by the Goethe Institut, Bangalore.

Stephanie Rothenberg

Through video, sculpture and performance, this installation questions new forms of non-human labor in what was formally known as the “natural world”. In the near future toxic landscapes become oceans of nutrients for microbes to harvest energy. This energy powers a future blockchain economy that has no human intervention. In the sea, organisms connect to a neural network that shapeshifts their bodies into potential desire. More energy is harnessed for human survival.

Raviv Ganchrow // singuhr e.V.

Until November 17th, there is a sound-installation by Raviv Ganchrow called "Westhafen Ground-Electric" that can be visited in the basement of ZK/U from Thursday to Sunday from 2 p.m. onwards. For OPENHAUS, Raviv will open the exhibition together with singuhr e.V. one last time within our walls.