Global meets Local

2-Day open studios, performances, videos, installations, publication and talks with residents and participants of the fact-finding committee #02: Heterotopic Places

The OPENHAUS PLUS is a two-day extension of the regular public format. ZK/U invites audiences to connect with the hosted projects and to explore the process of its residency program. Every three months a temporary fact-finding committee, which investigates current issues faced by Berlin’s urban society whose resolution is a matter of public interest, presents its findings in a final report and is supplemented by two artistic positions from Berlin at the OPENHAUS PLUS. The Berlin Fact-Finding Committees (“UA”) intend 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.

February’s resident artists explore different social contexts in relation to housing and architecture, a variety of private spaces in relation to the notion of memory and site-specific approaches. Sharing different narratives and expressions they will present audio-visual installations, photographs, drawings, performances, talks and workshops and show their work in progress.

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.

Participating residents and partners:
Asma Mehan, Byungseo Yoo, Cesar Cornejo, Fact Finding Committee #02 (with Martin Conrads, Clara Bahlsen, Johannes Büttner and Bastian Hagedorn), Helen King, Ilaria Lupo, Kate Fahey, Mano Leyrado, Noa Heyne, Yasemin Özcan and Students of ISR, TU Berlin & DIA, Hochschule Anhalt

2-Day Programme:
Thursday, 21. February 2019

5- 10:30pm Live stream sound installation in Ständige Vertretung by Carl Bussey, Joreng the Ricecake (Hyemin Jung), Tihomir Zdjelarević, Byungseo Yoo
7 - 10:30pm Open Studios, Installations & Food
7:30 pm Fact Finding Committee Presentation and Publication Launch
8 pm Guided Tour

Friday, 22. February 2019
4 - 8pm Open Studios, Installations
4-8pm Live stream sound installation in Ständige Vertretung by Tin Dožić (Ti In), Byungseo Yoo, Sven Soric
6 pm Noa Heyne Workshop: Home-taxidermy: Room #1
7 pm Asma Mehan Presentation: Kuala Lumpur: The Public Space Profile

Free entry

Yasemin Özcan

Video (2017)
HD film 8’03’’

‘Actually both are one and the same; it’s all about interest in the earth. You deal with soil in both, after all. This goes for our profession of pottery, and for cultivating the earth, raising crops. It’s about passion for the earth, the desire to create and experiment.When you come here, the whole world stays
behind; it’s a chunk of time you reserve for nothing but yourself.
We enjoy ourselves, take pleasure in what we do, and then leave. ‘
Mehmet and Levent Düzgün-İkizler
Ceramics Workshop

The work were produced in collaboration and with the support of Pozitif-cappadox

The stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe is made possible in the frame of a cooperation between the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.

Noa Heyne

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.

Mano Leyrado

SELBSTPORTRAIT (2019) / Engraved Hard-Disk

Mano Leyrado shows how he construct himself through the other ones and from his context. He archives people, relationships, media, data, as a way to develop the meta-narratives needed to
construct an identity.


GENTRIFICATION (2019) / Installation

“What appears as the impact of “the continuous' sometimes overlaps with the violence of “to
stop”. The courage of hopelessness introduces the dimension of reality as a devouring machine who feeds itself care-for-humanity. When the progress seems to be the next crisis, we need to
hurry up.

Establishing a circular environment, the degree of association is never measured by a
correlation. In these cases, the artifact works as a protocol that enables one thing to stay
dynamic and paradoxical in terms of an essentialist approach.
Only threw the repetition we can achieve the radicaly new. ” by curator Boris MHL


CONSTRUCTION SITE BLUES (2019) / Sound Installation

 Kate Fahey

Artist Kate Fahey presents her ongoing research project examining how embodied encounters with drone assemblages can reconstitute the absented body in the military enactment of violence online. Her
practice (video, sculpture, installation, writing) seeks to examine the ways the body is mediated in the human/machine encounter and attempts to express the complex set of connections between
humans, machine vision and the dissemination of contemporary warfare through our laptop screens.

She is interested in feminist post human, collective and fictional approaches to drone vision,
specifically the military’s uploads to YouTube. Her video (work in progress) entitled if, then, is loosely based on the idea of a conversation between a human and a medical scanning machine. It explores how
language and images are utilized by the military in their YouTube playlists to erase the body from their verbal and visual rhetoric online.

Ilaria Lupo


The film ‘Nocturne for Pit Orchestra’ documents a live performance conceived for The Bahrain National Quarry, involving the site’s laborers as performers – a project by Ilaria Lupo with Rabih Beaini. The project digs into dynamics of music-making in the history of migrant labor in the region while exploring the intermingled layers connecting the quarry’s identity with the socio-economic shifts in 20th century Bahrain.

Beaini involved the laborers in a process where an array of influences were explored - based on a research on the Fidjeri. This music used to be performed publicly by the pearl divers. It embodies a pivotal history of labor, with blends from the Levantine, Persian, East African and South Asian basins. The performance took place at the quarry - still operating - opened to the public for the very first time.

Helen King

MEMORY HOUSE: PLAY IN THE CITY (2019) / Interactive Installation

Helen King presents a new installation work entitled Memory House: Play in the City. This work 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, Union Park and Ottopark.These spaces are a nostalgic reminder of King’s childhood and her interest in these spaces is underpinned by the academic works of thinker such as Aldo Van Eyck and Paul M Friedberg.

Asma Mehan

Asma’s research interests are focused around the intersections between spatial design and the cultural and political definitions of public space, grounded in empirical research in Malaysian urbanization processes.

During the residency at ZK/U, Asma seeks to explore the tensions between the ‘village’ legacy and urbanization discourses in Kuala Lumpur as a spin-off of her ongoing co-authored book project. With concerns on ideology and politics of space, and questions like how the ‘village’ claim captivates us and
to what extent it is reinvented.

// Guests at OPENHAUS + // Students of ISR, TU Berlin & DIA, Hochschule Anhalt

Maps do not merely present the world but re-describe it. They can provoke new perceptions of networks, lineages, associations and representations of places, people and power. They not only have the ability to produce spaces but also social relations. As a tool to narrate past and present spatialisations and relations as well as to project desires and future urban visions; the power of maps precisely lies in their ability to ‘do work’, to create and transform understanding of- and places according to the subjectivities and wishes of those who make them. Thus, they follow tactical considerations and serve strategic interests.

In partnership with ZK/U and the ZK/U Fact Finding Committee #2, students of architecture and urban design explored the potentials of mapping as a tool for inspiring and orienting collective designs. In envisioning future scenarios for ZK/U the proposals aimed to lay out a variety of possibilities and ideas for strengthening ZK/U’s role as a socio-cultural centre in the context of the Moabit neighbourhood, Berlin and/or the world.

Cesar Cornejo


The sheetrock painting series is based on photos of plastered and uncoated sheetrock panels taken in construction sites in different locations internationally. They reflect on the contributions that construction workers, many of whom traditionally are immigrants, make to societies around the world. They also address the role ofconstruction worker as artists whose
masterpieces, similarly to Leonardo’s “Battle of Anghiari” allegedly hidden behind a wall in Palazzio Vecchio in Florence, lay hidden under coats of paint in apartment buildings, houses, Institutional offices, malls, businesses and churches all over the world. These works also reinterpret principles from the
abstract expressionist movement and those found in the work of Mark Rothko. For Openhaus, I will be showing a large painting made of 6 canvas panels, based on a photo from a construction site belonging to the commercial center Plaza San Miguel in Lima- Peru, and will also show smaller
paintings based on photos taken in construction sites in Berlin. Besides these paintings, will also be showing photographs portraying urban developments in Puno-Peru establishing parallels with Berlin’s urban development
from the last decades.

Byungseo Yoo

MUSIC FOR 20190221 / MUSIC FOR 20190222

Music for 20190221, Music for 20190222 are the music for 21th of Feb and 22 nd of February, 2019. It is part of the ongoing project ‘music for everyday’(www.soundcloud.com/byungseo-yoo) as well as the ‘Openhaus February’ that hosted by ZK/U.

ZK/U Fact Finding Comitee #02

ZK/U is currently commissioning so-called fact-finding committees with the inquiry into the needs and requirements regarding the building’s future usage. In the framework of the second fact-finding committee (Nov 2018–Feb 2019), ZK/U was looking for heterotopic uses and places that arerelevant for the 21st century and that can help shape the future of ZK/U. Underlying this inquiry is a planned spatial extension of ZK/U’s building. The “Fact-Finding Committee #02” focused on the question of how climate change could affect ZK/U as a socio-cultural place, and what role ZK/U could play in the face of climate change. Speculations about ZK/U’s future needs and demands revolve around

February 29, 2052: the day on which ZK/U’s current leasehold ends.

At OPENHAUS PLUS the findings of the “Fact-Finding Committee #02” will be presented in form of a booklet published by ZK/U press, together with two artworks by Clara Bahlsen and Johannes Büttner

Bastian Hagedorn, which were commissioned in the framework of the “Fact-Finding Committee #02”.