© Stephanie Rothenberg in conjunction with Sputnik Animation, video still from "Aphrodisiac in the Machine", 2019

For this edition of the OPENHAUS, ongoing live sound and video performances invite the public to dwell in the experience of solitude and questions of meaning production and transformation. Future landscapes, new forms of non-human labor and the history of oxygen respiration are questioned through installations, video and performances. While other artworks focus on the body, with workshops and actions unveiling the historicized body, of which impressions will be shared during the event. Finally, space in its different scales is explored poetically - from short documentaries looking at the dynamics of contemporary urban transformations in Indonesia, photographic notes of Istanbul, a search for the indistinct in Moabit, to an ode to the residency kitchen.

Participating artists: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Semâ Bekirović, Jorgen Doyle and Hannah Ekin, Ron Hutt, Paweł Jankiewicz, Euna Kim, Antoinette Yetunde Oni, Stephanie Rothenberg, Ruschka Steininger, Seçil Yersel and Byungseo Yoo.


Byungseo Yoo


Solitude(2019) is the video loop from  Byungseo Yoo`s ongoing video document project #everydayinasingleshot #thegazetowardstoforbiddenlove.

You can find the full video documents on https://www.instagram.com/byungseo_yoo/

Seçil Yersel


Video, 2019

In this video, Seçil Yersel is strolling in her photographic notes from Istanbul, with the narrative that has started to be written in her presence in Berlin. Memory and forgetting are her core subjects.

Ruschka Steininger


Research/installation, 2019

The artistic research project TROPIC MODELS/UTOPIAN VOODOO tries to look on the own society through the lens of Haiti. It is searching for contemporary cults of pluralism in an urban, heterogenous, post-migrant society. Inspired by syncretistic mindsets, it asks if this isn't exactly the spirit we need: to worship our ancestors while, at the same time, integrating something new, strange, eventually conflictive, even hostile into our own Pantheon. So which are the goddesses and spirits we should worship in a specific shrine of Moabit?

Stephanie Rothenberg

Project 1: PROOF OF SOIL


Project 1: soil, plants, data visualization,video, electronics, 2019
Project 2: video, sound, live oysters, 2019

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.

Antoinette Yetunde Oni


Collage, 2018

The New Commons: Fellowship & Future Landscapes project aims to reflect on existing urban centres whilst imagining and reimagining future landscapes composed of revolutionary spaces that encourage the economic and cultural autonomy of communities.

This residency is funded by the Goethe Lagos, Savvy and Galerie Wedding.

Grace Euna Kim


Minds and bodies in space, 2019

‘Chorus /// Acid Bodies’ is an interactive experiment in social and performance research. The work investigates the psychic life of ideology and social fiction, and the ways in which this is transmitted, negotiated, embodied, and reproduced.

Public is invited into immersive ‘workshop actions’, which unpack the historicized body and its economies of desire, and de- and re-construct social imaginaries, together with the people themselves. Each workshop is a unique, durational artwork in itself—one that evolves into a final site-specific action that activates participants in the microcosm of a public body.

At the OPENHAUS, impressions of the work-in-progress will be present.

Paweł Jankiewicz


Printed text and graphics, 2019

The topic is Moabit as a locality and ways of its poetical exploration. What is giving direction here is the notion of "the indistinct" a feeling that “it could be just any city”. A paradoxical feeling, for this “any” seems not possible to be found anywhere else. The inquiring voice renews its attempts to remain close to this feeling, close to the insight that has engendered it. 

And strained language becomes decompressed, the walk slows down, and in the corner of the eye – angels flit through.

Ron Hutt


Hutt's Volume project for the ZK/U is an ongoing investigation into how meaning is produced, altered and transformed by provisionally inhabiting a wide variety of geographical locations, biospheres and social cultural spaces. 

Hannah Ekin and Jorgen Doyle


Video, 2017 & 2018

Screening of a few experimental short documentaries, including one made by the resident artists, represented by Belangtelon Initiative, an Indonesian film distribution collective. The films share an irreverent, lo-fi approach and focus on the dynamics of contemporary urban transformations in Indonesia.

Semâ Bekirović and Seçil Yersel


Multimedia, 2020

The communal kitchen is the sometimes messy, but always lively, heart of the ZK/U residency.

Our project will be an ode to the kitchen in both words as images.

This residency is funded by the Mondriaan fonds.

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar


Computer animation, 2019

“Respiration” (2018-2019) is a video gathering encyclopaedic definitions and concepts of historical relations and effects of oxygen respiration on earth. Throughout the video artist’s text is read as voice-over. With this voice in the background, we see an unidentifiable topography evoking post-apocalyptic landscapes of post-Big Oxidation Event ice age, displaying movements of ambulances identified with emergency in urban life, trapped in repetition.

This residency is made possible thanks to the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) as well as DEPO.