Deadline: 10/08/2018

Call for Applications: DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT. Participatory Art interventions in Berlin 2000-2020_ Workshop by CLUB REAL at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin

Research residency + Berlin + 4 case studies + collaboration + methodology + exchange + open-to-all.

What possibilities did berlin in the early 2000s offer to participatory art in public space, what happened to the spaces where such interventions took place and where can we find inspiring cracks and voids in the body of the city today?

The unique situation in Berlin after the fall of the wall was inspiring for art and community projects in public space. With the collapse of GDR Institutions and economy, hundreds of buildings and open spaces became “useless” and potential places for something new.

On day 1 the workshop starts with a walk through the city and a look back to three projects of interim use in this time where Club Real was involved: VOLKSPALAST in the former, now gone “Palace of the Republic”, where today the reconstruction of the imperial castle is almost completed, Mikroweltenschau, on the site of a former house that was not rebuilt after the war, and the artificial excavation Gudrun 1876-2010 on the vast open space of the former Airport Tempelhof.

What happened to the spaces where these interventions took place? Did the projects leave any traces in the city or influence the following transformations? As a comparison to these temporary art interventions that have disappeared and partly to their sites, we visit and discuss the ambivalence of art projects that start as a squat and later become permanent: Holzmarkt and RAW Gelände.

On day 2 we discuss where the inspiring cracks and voids in the body of Berlin can be found today. What changes have to be made in concepts and strategies of art interventions in a city that is becoming more and more dense and utilized?

After the excursion and discussion we start with Ideenwerkstatt (days 3-5): The participants work alone or in small teams to find an idea for interventionist tools/practices that deal with the changes in the development of the city. We use the concept of “disturbances of everyday life” to inspire the participants to find promising ideas. The ideas can be developed in a simple presentation with videos/animations, drawings, texts or as a performance.

Finally, on days 6-7 the process and results of the workshop are presented and discussed in the group. The presentation will happen in a public space and work in the logic of an intervention in the city.

Materials: Films, texts, structural drawings and info-graphics, examples for performative tools and media campaigns.

Excercises: Excursion, Discussion, Ideenwerkstatt for interventions, participatory tools, performance design and media campaigns, Presentation as Intervention.

Group: Open to 10 - 15 participants. Participants: Students of art, cultural and social sciences and management as well as artists and others that work or want to work with interventions in public urban space are specifically welcomed to apply. People who have a general interest in the relations of art, city development and political questions.

We expect that the excursions and presentation of the situation in Berlin will widen the perspective on the possibilities and limitations of participation in art and art interventions in public urban spaces. The 5 examples and discussion of temporary and permanent art interventions in the city will help to develop a view on what art can and cannot change in a city. Ideenwerkstatt will help the participants to become more open to teamwork in finding and developing ideas and help and inspire them to develop their own tools for participatory artwork in urban contexts.

The interdisciplinary artists collective Club Real (Founded in 2000) devises and realizes participatory, site specific art projects. The main formats include: immersive installations, one to one encounters, political role-plays and participative urban development projects. The meaningful involvement of the art recipients resulting in unique not predeterminable artistic outcome is at the center of Club Real’s participatory concept. In 2005 Club Real (together with Raumlabor Berlin, Sophiensaele and HAU) created the performative installation „Der Berg“ in the former Palast der Republik opposite the Berliner Dom in order to open up and redefine the the derelict East German people’s palace as „Volkspalast“. The performance collective continued their work in derelict ex communist sites and participated in „Hotel Neustadt“ a performance Parcours in a derelicts students’s residence, initiated 2 temporary projects on vacant lots in Berlin and used an unused ruin of a communist shop as to create the dreamers socialist factory. In Vienna Club Real built the interactive growing museum of Islamic -Austrian relations (an immersive installation) and in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the collective turned the investment ruin of a shopping center into the site of a horror novel (both projects in 2010) From 2015 to 2017 Club Real applied their methods to the situation of a state theatre: the Kleist Forum. The collective took participation one step further and created together with the citizens of Frankfurt (Oder) and SÅ‚ubice „Folkstheater/Teatr Ludowy“. The project will result in a publication at the publishing house „Theater der Zeit“ about collective forms of art creation. Publishing date is 1st November 2018. Permanent members are Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck, Georg Reinhardt, Mathias Lenz and Thomas Hauck and we currently have five associated members (Silke Lange, Tuire Tuomisto, Sebastian Mauksch, Paz Ponce and Christoph Theußl). We are happy about our continuous cooperation with the Finnish group Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus and the Cuban Arte contextual centre LASA in Havana.


- Projects 2010-2018
- Projects 2000-2010
- Films
- Project example for this workshop: 

Agora Collective is pleased to announce the fourth edition of AFFECT: Agora's Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices in Berlin. AFFECT 2018 is formatted as a research residency and international summer programme under the theme: “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin”. The program is initiated by Agora Collective, and curated by Paz Ponce.

Taking place during June and July 2018, the program consists of four modules offered as intensive week-workshops, each led by an international artist, who open their research practice as a context for experimentation, learning and collaborating across disciplines.

Content wise the modules renew the question about the social function of art, offered as case studies to support residents contextualizing the program’s main question in Berlin, triggering autonomous research strands at AFFECT based on the insights gained through the exchange of practices during their stay.

The residency outcome consist of an e-publication project, with growing contributions by residents issued by topics, shaping a self-styled cartography of subjectivities, encounters and methods within Berlin’s micro-utopias of art+life.

No previous collaborative experience is required to participate in AFFECT, the unique combination of participatory workshops, studio visits, guided walks, public lectures, open reading groups and series of interventions planned for each module, serve international applicants as a practical research base & capacity network for the implementation of future projects in the city. 

Participation fee is 450€ for each module. A small production budget will be provided for the final event. Our hybrid model between a research and formative type of residency, experimenting with models of art and education, opens up more possibilities to apply for financial support. Previous AFFECT participants have been successfully granted to attend our program by university career departments, academic research fellowships, cross European and overseas mobility funds for artists, etc. Get in touch with coordination and we will provide you a list of funding possibilities. Agora can provide individual acceptance letters with a description of the content and nature of the modules to support grant application processes. Letters can be issued to applicants upon request.

Residents will be assisted by AFFECT Coordination team during their stay, via:

* WEEKLY EDITORIAL MEETINGS / COLLECTIVE EDITING STUDIO: Led by Paz Ponce, AFFECT Project Coordinator / Curator of Education at Agora, the sessions are arranged to support collective and individual research strands along the 8 residency weeks, monitoring and offering curatorial guidance to participants about their contributions to the final publication. 

* DOCUMENTATION: A photographer/videographer with a background in visual anthropology will be engaged in the daily activities of the residency, supporting with tech resources related to research needs.

* AFFECT PUBLIC LAB: A new feature of the 2018 edition. An ongoing mediation lab assisting residents in the involvement of specific communities in Neukölln related to their research along their stay. AFFECT PUBLIC LAB transverses all modules with the aim of extending the discoursive program to local audiences. Directed by Paz Ponce in cooperation with Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln (communication partners for public outreach).

* ADMINISTRATION OF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS BUDGET: every module allocates a budget to cover production costs associated with the organization of public activities, as well as group visits and studio talks with other artists as part of the program of each module.

* RESIDENCY VENUE: AGORA offers seminar rooms for all indoor residency meetings (50% indoor / 50 % outdoor activities), and for the hosting of 4 public activities

The Agora Collective Berlin-based Center for Contemporary Practices - was originally founded in 2011 by a multidisciplinary team as an independent project space in Berlin. Since then, Agora expands its mission to be a place to conceive and experiment with models of working together; providing stable spaces for artists to engage within collaborative and community-based practices. 

In 2017, the project has been totally relocated to the former Kindl-Brauerei Area in Rollbergstrasse / Am Südhaus, being proudly part of the “Vollgutlage”, a 38.000 sq. meters area acquired by the Swiss Foundation Edith Maryon. This location in the heart of Neukölln, has been secured for initiatives devoted to social, ecological, cultural and artistic projects. 

Under this unique new stage, Agora´s current facilities of 1100 sq. meters basement space are being developed to be an ongoing experimental center for artistic production and presentation.

This includes: exhibition and event programs, month-long workshop projects, a contemporary dance platform, studios for artists, community driven activities and artistic residency opportunities. 

The Agora team is devoted to create cross-disciplinary models of cultural and educational production expressed in a diverse, inclusive program of artistic projects and events that deals with relevant questions of nowadays. Since its beginning, Agora´s focus has ranged from food and hosting practices, co-working spaces, event series, workshops, and programming, as well as with a strong take on visual and performing arts.

Agora means “now”, in Portuguese, language of its Brazilian founders and also coincidentally, in Greek, Agora is the place for encounters and exchange, the assembly and the market-place. 


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Call for Applications: DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT. Participatory Art interventions in Berlin 2000-2020_ Workshop by CLUB REAL at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin

Call for Applications: DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT. Participatory Art interventions in Berlin 2000-2020_ Workshop by CLUB REAL at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin


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