15 Sep 2017

Mind the Space



On Friday, the 15th of September 2017 the “Award for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives” will be presented by State Secretary Torsten Wöhlert. The event is organised by the Network of Independent Berlin Project Spaces and Initiatives on behalf of the Senate Department of Culture and Europe. Coinciding with the Berlin Art Week, 20 prizewinning Berlin project spaces and initiatives will have exhibitions and events in their spaces.

This year´s 20 award recipients are:
ACUD MACHT NEUArchive Kabinett e.V.Art Laboratory Berlin e.V.bi`bakCargoCult_worldDonau Ecke GanghoferEspace SurplusG.A.S-stationInstitut für Alles MöglicheKronenbodenKurt-KurtLa Plaque TournanteManière Noire, Organ Kritischer KunstSCOTTY e.V.SOMA Art Gallery>top e.V. – Verein zur Förderung kultureller PraxisWerkStadt Berlin e.V.Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V.)ZONA DYNAMIC.

15th September 2017, beginning 5:30 pm
Bar Babette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin.
Mind the Space / raumohneraum
Vernissage with Live Performances: 14.09.2017, 7 pm
Opening hours: 15.09. – 01.10.2017, Fr – So 1 – 7 pm
Finissage + Get-Together: 01.10.2017, 4 – 7 pm
at C/O KUNSTPUNKT BERLIN, Schlegelstraße 6, 10115 Berlin.


5:30-7:00 pm
Panel Discussion

IT’S SPACETIME! Can independent project spaces and initiatives escape the imminent threat of being pushed out of the city? What measures, concepts and connections will it take to prevent this from happening? Now is the time for action – and vision!

Moderation: Bianca Herrling
Participants: Dr. Torsten Wöhlert (State Secretary for Culture), Daniela Brahm (Artist, Cofounder of ExRotaprint), Matthias Einhoff (Project space ZK/U), Tashy Endres (Urban Researcher, UdK Berlin), Sebastian Schlüter (HU Berlin, Geographical Institute), Manfred Kühne (Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing)

The squeeze is on! The mechanisms of gentrification associated with the capitalist system are rapidly gaining momentum in the growing metropolis of Berlin. Always more of a quiet ‘village’ despite its vibrant cultural scene, Berlin has now been almost completely carved up and sold off. And any hard-won ‘creative status’ is now up for negotiation, as the situation becomes precarious for art-makers who rely on spaces outside of their own living quarters to be able to work. Spaces that are now being taken over by the rich! What kind of activism is advisable? Who must the initiators of project and art spaces convince and with what concepts? Is the job of convincing really their concern? Is every story over at some point? For instance, that of the ‘global capital’ of independent project spaces and initiatives?
Initial indications of a change in policy – an ‘Agenda Room’ dedicated to supporting multidisciplinary work spaces – are perhaps a tentative sign of good will. But is the matter really receiving enough attention and support? Or can the urban space only be reclaimed through squatting? It is high time to turn our attention to the question of (free) space – ‘Mind the Space’ – let’s get down to it!

7:00-7:30 pm
Screening short art films and videos on the subject of ‚City-Space‘
With works by: Betty Böhm, Alexander Callsen, Laure Catugier, Stephan Groß, Heike Hamann, Marco Pando, Johanna Pigors & Amaya Lainez, Nikolaus Schrot, Stefanie Seidl, Gabriele Stellbaum

7:30-9:00 pm
Official Award Ceremony
by the State Secretary for Culture Dr. Torsten Wöhlert with a presentation of the 20 awarded spaces 2017