ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics

ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics is an artist and research residency that has hosted more than 500 artists since its opening in 2012.

The photo shows the building of the Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin from above . It is made out of light brown bricks and has a large courtyard area in the front, also a lot of greenery. In the background some railroad lines, behind them more buildings, blue sky.

ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Exterior view, Berlin, 2018, Photo: KUNSTrePUBLIK

KUNSTrePUBLIK is the organization behind ZK/U–an artist collective that has been working in the public sphere for more than fifteen years. Through tangible projects they have been exploring the potentials and limitations of art for citizens to freely express themselves or to be represented by an action or physical outcome of KUNSTrePUBLIK’s work.

ZK/U is located in a neighborhood in Berlin marked by conflicts between established “middle-class” citizens, precarious first and second generation migrants, and newly arriving groups. Therefore ZK/U aims to (re‑)activate the social and spatial relationship between individuals and groups that are divided by differences in education, income, gender, and cultural background. It is interested in bringing together global discourses and local practices. More specifically, it looks at how art can act as a catalyst for transformation in urban spaces. Through its work, ZK/U tries to demonstrate the feasibility of such participatory artistic practices.

ZK/U’s current projects include the intercontinental residency program Turn2Residencies (2021/22); the research project Grounded Urban Practices, Berlin (2020/21); the urban development project CTB-Lab (as part of the European Capital of Culture 2020, Rijeka); and the revitalization of Haus der Statistik in Berlin (since 2019).

ZK/U’s two contributions to documenta fifteen are citizenship and Beeholder – Beecoin. In the wake of an extension of the ZK/U building in Berlin the main wooden roof was removed and became the starting point for citizenship. The roof was turned upside down and became a boat. Starting at the beginning of June 2022, the citizenship travels from Berlin-Moabit to Kassel without the use of fossil fuels – collecting muscular energy and renewable sources – where it arrives on July 23, 2022. Installed on the Hiroshima-Ufer, the boat once again is turned upside down to become a community structure that hosts artifacts and rituals from the trip and opens a dialogue with citizens from Kassel.

At the conjunction of artistic creation, urban activism, cryptoeconomic design and beekeeping, the second documenta contribution, Beeholder – Beecoin stands out in the field of blockchain-based practices. Operating as a Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAO), Beecoin is an art project dedicated to the improvement of the living conditions of bees. 15 beekeepers from Kassel take part and visitors can participate.

Watch all chapters of Logbuch citizenship here

Invited participants

Aline Schwörer
Danijela Pivašević-Tenner
Frank Jimin Hopp
Marie Salcedo Horn
Nelly Choné

by MAP Markus Ambach Projekte

Al Wali
Braumanufaktur Steckenpferd
Essbare Stadt
GemüseSelbstErnte am Waldauer Fußweg
KGV Schwanenwiese
Meister Florian
Mike Euler
MiLa Unterneustadt
Renèe Tribble/ TU Dortmund
SOLAWI Gärtnerei Fuldaaue
Rene Wagner

Art Ashram
Florian Dietrich
Georg Scherlin
Klara Adam
Markus Zimmermann
Nelli David
Sina Ahlers
Verena Seibt
Arved Schultze

Alexander Römer

Co–Re (Contextual Research)
Daniela Medina-Poch
Frederick Becker
Jan Barner
Min Kyung Kim
Pablo Santacana Lopez
Redwane Jabal
Svenja Simone Schulte
Viviane Tabach

Making Waves 
Daniel Seiple
Emily Kofsky
Hassan Aji
Momtaz Dimashqi
Nafee Kurdi
Gob Squad Arts Collective

IAK – Institut für Architekturbezogene Kunst TU Braunschweig
Sina Heffner
Max Jeromin
Folke Köbberling
Alexa Kreissl
Gergely Laszlo
Benjamin Menzel
Bernd Schulz
Michael Zwingmann
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Madar Collective
Yong Sun Gullach
Fedaa Sultan

Reiko Kanazawa
Markus Shimizu

Picnic FM
Andrea Goetzke
Josephinex Hansis

Roland Castringius
Andrea Chudack
Katharina Laura Kunz
Tobias Opialla
Lars Straehler-Pohl
Martina Hoffmann

Jan Körbes
Schneider TM & Tomoko Nakasato
Zappi W. Diermaier

Selbstgebaute Musik    
Lea Grönholdt
Matthias Kremsreiter
Sascha Schneider
Manuel Strube
Hajo Toppius

Merezha Program
Platform TJU, Mariupol
Center for contemporary culture, Dnipro
Garazh 127, Kharkiv
Totem, Kherson
Laboratory of Culture, Czernivtsi

Aline Schwörer
Nelly Choné
Frank Jimin Hopp
Marie Salcedo Horn
Danijela Pivašević-Tenner

ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Harry Sachs
Jan van Esch
Kristina Miller
Matthias Einhoff
Philip Horst

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