OPENHAUS 23/03/2017

OPENHAUS - open studios, installations, workshops, videos and resident talks

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.

This month, the OPENHAUS investigates both personal and collective memories through participative installations. Visitors are welcomed to discover the processes behind past and current projects by the residents, and dive into the ZK/U’s history. In active encounters with performances, videos, installations, and artist talks, the audience explores practices of artistic creation and knowledge production in an urban context.

During this OPENHAUS edition, the exhibition ‘Juxtaposing Narratives’ by Simulizi Mijini will be on display in the main hall at the same time. 10 international artists present their works that have been created between 2015 and 2016 in the context of the Simulizi Mijini / Urban Narratives Residency Programme.


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.

23rd of March 2017 19.00-22.30


19.00-22.30 Open studios & food by REFUEAT (http://refueat.de/)

20.00 Guided tour

21.00 Performance lecture by Tori Abernathy*

Free entry

Participating residents: Tori Abernathy, Indu Antony, Bite Back Movement, Juan Conesa, Maj Horn, Julim Rosa, NomadicArt, Byungseo Yoo, Linda Zhang & Tyler Fox

Website: http://www.zku-berlin.org/event/openhaus-23032017/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614962441864200/

* The performance lecture of Tori Abernathy will start promptly at 9 o clock

Tori Abernathy

Power Makes Us Sick (PMS)

Power Makes Us Sick (PMS) is a creative research project focusing on autonomous health care practices from a feminist perspective. PMS seeks to understand the ways that our mental, physical, and social health is impacted by imbalances in and abuses of power. This 60-minute workshop taking place on the evening of the Openhaus will offer a supportive environment to remedy and evaluate our path to wellness, taking some inspiration from Augusto Boal’s Games. This workshop will be accompanied by the release of a small publication documenting some of PMS’ findings thus far.

Indu Antony

Memories can be dreams

Personal unconscious memory embraces of all repressed, forgotten or subliminally perceived experiences of one particular individuals existence.

Indu Antony is working on this aspect of the memory by community personal collection of memories and exploring ways of retrieving these forgotten realities. The existence of personal memory in public space and the coping of this sudden surprise.

Bite Back Movement

A Dangerous Figure

A Dangerous Figure was a solo exhibition at Somerset house in 2013, an online app, and a series of urban installations through 2014. Imagine if all the anger and frustration of the UK young unemployed were channeled into a single Everyman-type entity. This digital portrait was created by merging over 10,000 young unemployed people, who logged onto the app or visited the exhibition at Somerset House in 2013 and scanned their faces into the portrait. A Dangerous Figure is therefore a collective icon, a machine with the ability to unite all young unemployed people in the UK into a single ambassador, a face that represents their combined potential, hopes and fears.

Juan Conesa

Trees and birds, birds that do not sing, birds that speak to us of a simulacrum, birds that whispering without need of any song tells us about the substitution of the real for fiction. In that sense the interferences and relationships that are created between the natural and the artificial illuminate with new perspectives what we consider as true and intangible, everything which surrounds us and we accept as real. You watch a tree, the birds that rest on its branches. You let yourself be carried away by fiction.

(text by Alfonso García-Villalba)

Juan Conesa will prepare an installation in the ZK/U garden dealing with the contrasts of artificiality and nature.

Maj Horn

Building the City Together - and other book titles

How to enter the knowledge production that has taken place at ZK/U during the years? How is it documented in printed materials and what other sources are there to be found in the book collection of ZK/U? Being in the beginning of her stay, Maj Horn will work with the book collection to get a deeper understanding of ZK/Us history and to find connections to her own art practice. She will present the process in an installation consisting of printed material, threads and notes.

Julim Rosa


During the March OPENHAUS, Julim will open her studio and show the work in progress of TIME TOGETHER, the contemporary art project about tattooing she is currently developing at ZK/U.

Instagram: @timetogetherproject


Tyler Fox & Linda Zhang

(an)Other Berlin

Collecting oral histories from local residents, we are working to build a three-dimensional quilt that codifies individual narratives into an ever-expanding living history, telling the stories of how Berliners interact with, and relate to, various sites around the city. Locals have identified these sites as integral to both the landscape and the essence of Berlin – even though they are not necessarily deemed historically important by the state. The individual squares of the quilt are tethered together by the storyteller, who has the power to decide where their story is placed in relation to what has come before. Openhaus participants are asked to add their city stories to the quilt, using memory to contribute to the multifaceted and unending tapestry of Berlin’s history.

Byungseo Yoo

On Lines

On Lines (2017) is a Byungseo´s recent work of serial practice. By using simple media and repetitive gesture, he tries to express simple thing from complicated situations.