Trans-sectoral projects of ZK/U (Cultural Sector), Quartiersmanagement Moabit-West (Public Administration) and Studio ParaArtFormations (Private Sector)
The project aimed to address current urban transformation of the post-industrial neighbourhood Moabit and dealed with challenges such as exclusion, gentrification and urban impoverishment. Our novel cultural formats were rooted in subversion of popular ways of coming together (local market, public viewing, eating/cooking together) and have been tested in second part of 2014 and fully implemented in 2015.
City Garden and recently open cultural institution ZK/U in the centre of it represent a model for conversion of the obsolete industrial infrastructures into publicly accessible space for all social groups. However, process of establishing smooth relation between art institution, bordering neighbourhood and park users became a challenge on its own due to the many external factors such as design failures (non-inviting fences, lack of toilet, etc.), contemporary-art-centred cultural program and spatial domination of the certain social groups inside the park. Our idea was to promote park as a platform for linking communities and space for non-formal education. Actions/interventions intended to bring self-confidence to marginalised communities and engage them not just to 'participate' but also to create and appropriate their own neighbourhood and park.
Our initial format Fußballaballa (critical-public-viewing during the Football WorldCup 2014) had goal to open the door of ZK/U for community-based projects by inviting everybody to watch games on small TV's (with the language of choice), extended with short documentaries, gastronomic experiments and public discussions about event-driven urban development.
Further steps include site-specific market for Moabit (Gütermarkt), a combination of craft and flea market, which promotes local hidden craftsmen-knowledge and put it in unusual relation with international artists, kids and marginal social groups.
Supported by Actors of Urban Change, a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with MitOst e.V.
Funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic Germany, the state of Berlin as part of the program "Zukunftsinitiative District (II), sub-program "Social City" (program year 2014).
With the participation of: