The Berlin Fact-Finding Committee (“UA”) intends to tie local discourse to global practices brought to ZK/U by its international artists-in-residence, helping the international community understand Berlin’s unique challenges. For this purpose, ZK/U will set up a series of temporary committees investigating current issues faced by Berlin’s urban society whose resolution is a matter of public interest.
ZK/U invites individuals with a background in art, urban space research or experimental urban space production to participate in a three-month endeavor to extend its current activities and discourses to issues specifically related to Berlin.
The chosen individual will head up a committee and appoint its members, independently developing and executing a program for the public. Members of the committee might include protagonists from initiatives and networks, local and international artists, researchers from academic as well as non-institutional contexts. The committee’s final report will take the shape of a cross-media zine (combining analog and digital media), aiming to tie together Berlin-specific discourses and the manifold global practices of the program’s participants.
A budget will be provided to cover costs for participation in established formats, attendance fees for meetings, and remuneration for the coordination of the three-month program. The fact-finding committee will have an on-site meeting and production room at its disposal filled with “materials” related to its investigative work (research materials, ideas, notes, and protocols), which will also be accessible to other users such as ZK/U residents and initiatives based in Berlin, giving the process a material presence at ZK/U.
The fact-finding committee will appoint and guide two artistic positions for the OPENHAUS+ format. While these will be affiliated with the fact-finding committee, they will work independently within their artistic capacity.
Committee leadership will edit the cross-medial zine (final report of the fact-finding committee) scheduled to appear in print for OPENHAUS+.