RE-TURN Programme


RE-TURN is a research project. After 10 years of hysterical building work, the area of the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum presents itself as a terra incognita. The neighbourhood needs to be re-explored and documented (#exploration), historical layers of the last decade uncovered (#archaelogies), alternative infrastructures enabled (#freeinfrastructure), narratives re-interpreted (#anarchichistories) and visions respun (#utopias). The thematic fields of the exhibition series will be complemented and expanded on through a supporting program of workshops, lectures, guided tours and performances.

Except for the two film screenings, all events will take place outdoors.
Unless otherwise indicated, the events will take place at the Daseins Zentrum, Stallschreiberstr. 29.
Admission only for vaccinated, recovered or tested persons.



21. August 2021

11:00-15:00

Workshop Neighborhood Value Creation Workshop (Circles)

with Julio Linares

The two-day workshop with economic anthropologist Julio Linares introduces participants to the cryptocurrency Circles UBI, to then creatively re-imagine exchange and value systems anew, weaving a community together with local residents. The Circles currency system is based on the principle of an unconditional basic income, with each member receiving 240 CRC units per month. Circles is based on trust. The design of Circles is made to avoid speculation and encourage circulation in order to revitalize regional economies and democratise money. Circles is not a digital asset but a series of IOUs, thus undermining the principle of other cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, which is known because of financial speculation. 

joincircles.net

The workshop will be held in English.

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration until 19.08.21: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de

Julio Linares is an economic anthropologist and activist from Guatemala, currently exploring the relationship between Universal Basic Income, Money and Direct Democracy. He lives and works  in Berlin.


15:00-15:45

Introduction Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum

with KUNSTrePUBLIK

The artist collective KUNSTrePUBLIK gives an insight into the works of Salwa Aleryani, Folke Köbberling, KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns, Sebastian Quack and Kai Schiemenz

The introduction will be held in German and will be translated if necessary.

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration is not necessary.


16:00-16:30

Performance Turn it back!

with Folke Köbberling

With Turn it back! Folke Köbberling draws attention to the, at times, devastating consequences of recent urban densification for nature and biodiversity. The work references an art project developed by Folke Köbberling together with Martin Kaltwasser for the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum in 2007. At that time, the two artists climbed down a staircase to be at eye level with the overgrowing flora. Today, due to the sealing of the soil, there is no more room for wild plants to thrive here. In a ritual act, the artist therefore scatters the seeds of the former plants from a mobile staircase onto the paving stones of the surrounding parking lots and the cars parked there, while reading out their Latin names. 

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration is not necessary.


16:45-18:45

FALLOUT. A performative site inspection

with Balz Isler

Balz Isler leads the audience through the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. In an act of "processual appropriation" the artist and musician draws pictorial, sonic and spatial levels of reference. Personal observations meet real-political facts; socio-cultural peculiarities ecological conditions. The resulting collage paints a complex picture of our present, which Balz Isler approaches in a sensitive, humorous way.

The site inspection will be held in German.

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration is not necessary.

Balz Isler studied time-related media at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. In 2011 he received the scholarship for the support of the next generation of artists and scientists at Hamburg universities. His performances take place in internationally renowned institutions, such as Kunsthalle Basel, NGBK Berlin, SAVVY Contemporary Berlin and Kunsthalle Zurich. Balz Isler lives and works in Møn.


18:00 - 19:00

Fade Out & Drinks

Wasteland Seydelstrasse 13


18:45-19:30

Boardwalk

with Sebastian Quack

On his tour, Sebastian Quack leads participants from game to game explaining the rules with which the classic game boards can be experienced in it’s new urban setting. A walk for small groups that alternates between movement, play and conversation.

Sebastian Quack guides through his playful tour situated on Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Stations on the tour are well-known board games such as Monopoly, Settlers of Catan and Game of Life, here printed on stone, partly covered with earth, and buried in the ground: it seems the urban landscape has taken possession of them. Quack bypasses the games’ usual rules of play and interlinks them through rules of his own. Everyday objects such as stones or coins replace game pieces and dice. By juxtaposing the coded world of board games and the lived city, Boardwalk questions the organizational structures of urban space, while highlighting the lack of places to meet and interact in urban public space.


The tour will be held in German

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration until 19th of August 21 via: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de

22. August 2021

from midday

Workshop Neighborhood Value Creation Workshop (Circles)

with Julio Linares

Market day

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration is not necessary

Julio Linares is an economic anthropologist and activist from Guatemala, currently exploring the relationship between Universal Basic Income, Money and Direct Democracy. He lives and works  in Berlin.


13:00-18:00

Global Finance Walk - Offshore Tour Operator

With RYBN & Laura Calbet

The “Offshore Tour Operator” is a psycho-geographic GPS that guides the walk of the user through the database of the Panama Papers, in search of the physical traces of the offshore banking within the city landscape. The workshop starts with a theoretical introduction by Laura Calbet. Drawing connections between the housing financialization of the newly constructed residential property on Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum and global investment funds, Laura Calbet exposes private equity investments, development funds and corporate networks that finalize construction projects on the ground by guaranteeing each other's loans. Equipped with the Offshore Tour Operator, participants are then sent on a hunt for shell companies, trust firms, domiciliation agencies, shadow finance offices and agents that are referenced in the Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers and Bahamas Leaks databases. The notes and photographs taken during these expeditions will be reviewed and analyzed in a joint debriefing at the end of the workshop.

The workshop will be held in English.

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration until 19th of August 21 via: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de

Laura Calbet As part of her PhD thesis on "Speculative Urban Production. New Housing Construction in Inner-City Berlin" at the TU Berlin, Laura Calbet has undertaken a longterm research project on the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Since 2020 she is Professor of Theories and Methods of Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart. She studied urban and regional planning at the TU Berlin and was a research assistant at the TU Berlin and at the Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research in Erkner. She was a visiting professor at the BTU Cottbus and a substitute professor at the TU Dortmund. Laura Calbet lives in Berlin.

RYBN is a extra-disciplinary artistic research platform created in 1999 and based in Paris, France. RYBN.ORG leads investigations within the realms of high-frequency economics and information technologies, writing kabbalistic algorithms, inserting suicidal trading machines into the financial markets, perverting neural networks during their training phase or hunting ghosts in the noise of data traffic.


18:00 - 19:00

Fade Out & Drinks

Wasteland Seydelstrasse 13


18:30-19:15

Boardwalk

with Sebastian Quack

On his tour, Sebastian Quack leads participants from game to game explaining the rules with which the classic game boards can be experienced in it’s new urban setting. A walk for small groups that alternates between movement, play and conversation.

Sebastian Quack guides through his playful tour situated on Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Stations on the tour are well-known board games such as Monopoly, Settlers of Catan and Game of Life, here printed on stone, partly covered with earth, and buried in the ground: it seems the urban landscape has taken possession of them. Quack bypasses the games’ usual rules of play and interlinks them through rules of his own. Everyday objects such as stones or coins replace game pieces and dice. By juxtaposing the coded world of board games and the lived city, Boardwalk questions the organizational structures of urban space, while highlighting the lack of places to meet and interact in urban public space.

The tour will be held in German

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

Registration until 19th of August 21 via: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de

25. September 2021

15:00 - 15:45

Introduction Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum

with KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns

The artist collective KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns report on the impressions, conversations and encounters made during the first five weeks at Daseins Zentrum and give insight into the works of

Dirk Dresselhaus (SchneiderTM) & Tomoko Nakasato (Mio), Folke Köbberling, Lukas Matthaei, Julian Oliver, Sebastian Quack, Kai Schiemenz and Zorka Wollny.

The introduction will be held in German and will be translated if necessary.

Meeting point: Daseins Zentrum, Stallschreiberstr. 29


15:00-19:00

Sound Installation: Keine Wohnungsnoth mehr!

with Zorka Wollny

In Keine Wohnungsnoth mehr! (End the Housing Shortage!), Zorka Wollny quotes a song by August Conradi from 1873 that was popular in Berlin during the great Gründerzeit nineteenth-century construction boom. “In the cosmopolitan city of Berlin, houses and streets are being built all over the place. And yet you can’t find an apartment anywhere, the tenants don’t know where to turn...” goes the song. It is striking how relevant these lines are again today, almost 150 years later. Zorka Wollny reinterprets the piece in light of current debates about housing shortages in Berlin. The resulting eight songs were recorded together with professional musicians. In the run-up to the program weekend in September, one piece per day will be played in the afternoon via small loudspeakers installed in the trees along Stallschreiberstr. From September 25-26, all pieces will be played in a loop at the same location.

Trees along Stallschreiberstr.


16:00 - 17:00

RE-TURN Gesamtkunstwerk. A guided walk

with Adrian Notz

Adrian Notz takes us on a guided walk through the area of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Through anarchist ideas and artistic avant-garde visions, Adrian explores the corporate world's striving for continuous innovation and society's demand for creative work. The claim of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum being a true RE-TURN Gesamtkunstwerk, in which all inhabitants become "real-experimenting subjects", is put to the test!

The guided walk will be held in German.

Meeting point: wasteland, Seydelstr. 13

Adrian Notz works as a freelance curator at the Tichy Ocean Foundation and the ETH AI Center, as mentor for creative strategy and vision at the European Center for Contemporary Art in Cluj (ECCA) and at Chevalier de la Tombe de Bakunin. From 2012-2019, he was artistic director of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Notz has organized and curated numerous exhibitions, events, conferences, actions and interventions with international artists, activists and thinkers at Cabaret Voltaire and internationally around the globe. Adrian Notz lives and works in Zurich.


17:15 - 18:00

Performance Turn it back!

with Folke Köbberling

With Turn it back! Folke Köbberling draws attention to the, at times, devastating consequences of recent urban densification for nature and biodiversity. The work references an art project developed by Folke Köbberling together with Martin Kaltwasser for the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum in 2007. At that time, the two artists climbed down a staircase to be at eye level with the overgrowing flora. Today, due to the sealing of the soil, there is no more room for wild plants to thrive here. In a ritual act, the artist therefore scatters the seeds of the former plants from a mobile staircase onto the paving stones of the surrounding parking lots and the cars parked there, while reading out their Latin names.

Meeting point: Daseins Zentrum, Stallschreiberstr. 29


18:00 - 22:00

IMITATION OF LIFE

a film shoot with Lukas Matthaei & Team

Lukas Matthaei likewise cooperates with residents of the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. For IMITATION OF LIFE : remake berlin, the artist casts local residents in a staged shoot of a scene from Douglas Sirk’s 1959 film of the same name. This, the final melodrama shot by the German émigré in Hollywood, handles family relationships and opportunities for upward mobility as outcomes of social conditions. Rainer Werner Fassbinder called it “A great, insane film about life and death!” Residents play the roles of characters in the film and the film crew. Thus, the remake is able to switch back and forth between these different positions on the set: the staged making-of is the actual screenplay. The resulting film will be screened at a public event in November, with the participants in attendance.

Location: Seydelstr. 15 und 21-22


18:00 - 19:00

Boardwalk

with Sebastian Quack

On his tour, Sebastian Quack leads participants from game to game explaining the rules with which the classic game boards can be experienced in their new urban setting. A walk for small groups that alternates between movement, play and conversation.

The tour will be held in German

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstr. 13

Registration until 23.09.21 via: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de


18:30 - 19:30

Lecture: New Zuhd/Minimal Punk: Anarchism, Barbarism, Islamic Chaos & Kurt Cobain

with Saud Al-Zaid

Saud Al-Zaid is an author, scholar, and active advocate of radical thought. In his lecture for the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, he takes up the question of anarchic structures in our society. The New Zuhd/Minimal Punk: Anarchism, Barbarism, Islamic Chaos, and Kurt Cobain will be accompanied in real time by images and videos.    

The lecture will be held in English

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstr. 13

Saud Al-Zaid is a father, teacher, speaker and writer—in that order. A longtime skeptic of short form biographical writing, he holds one doctorate, two masters, and two bachelors in Islamic Studies, the Anthropology & Sociology of Religion, Arab Studies, Economics, and Comparative Literature. In addition to his focus on radical Islamic thought and Islamic aesthetics, he explores topics such as racism, intersectionality, and Black Islam. Al-Zaid lives and works in Berlin, teaches at the University of the Arts, and has given public lectures at Haus der Kunst, Re:publica, the Berlin Biennale, the Chaos Computer Club Congress, and the Computerspielemuseum, among others.


19:30 - 20:30

Fade Out & Drinks

Wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

26. September 2021

15:00 - 16:00

Boardwalk

with Sebastian Quack

On his tour, Sebastian Quack leads participants from game to game explaining the rules with which the classic game boards can be experienced in their new urban setting. A walk for small groups that alternates between movement, play and conversation.

The tour will be held in German

Meeting point: wasteland Seydelstr. 13

Registration until 23.09.21 via: skulpturenpark@kunstrepublik.de


15:00-19:00

Sound Installation: Keine Wohnungsnoth mehr!

with Zorka Wollny

In Keine Wohnungsnoth mehr! (End the Housing Shortage!), Zorka Wollny quotes a song by August Conradi from 1873 that was popular in Berlin during the great Gründerzeit nineteenth-century construction boom. “In the cosmopolitan city of Berlin, houses and streets are being built all over the place. And yet you can’t find an apartment anywhere, the tenants don’t know where to turn...” goes the song. It is striking how relevant these lines are again today, almost 150 years later. Zorka Wollny reinterprets the piece in light of current debates about housing shortages in Berlin. The resulting eight songs were recorded together with professional musicians. In the run-up to the program weekend in September, one piece per day will be played in the afternoon via small loudspeakers installed in the trees along Stallschreiberstr. From September 25-26, all pieces will be played in a loop at the same location.

Trees along Stallschreiberstr.


16:00 - 17:00

Lecture: Pink Cell Tower

with Daniel Irrgang

In his lecture, Daniel Irrgang refers to Julian Oliver's artwork Pink Cell Tower, on view at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. The work reveals the power relations and ownership structures inherent in mobile technology. Alongside our mobile gadgets, the largely invisible communication network becomes visible through cell towers, though these are often concealed or camouflaged when placed in urban spaces. Pink Cell Tower responds to the opacity of this infrastructure by offering an alternative that is appropriate to a city's public ownership structures.

The lecture will be held in German

Meeting Point: Daseins Zentrum, Stallschreiberstr. 29

Daniel Irrgang is a media scientist and post-doc in the research group "Inequality and Digital Sovereignty" at the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin, which is affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Between 2013 and 2016, he was the academic director of the Vilém Flusser Archive at the UdK Berlin, and from 2016 to 2019, he was a research associate and assistant to the rector at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe. Daniel Irrgang is an Affiliated Researcher at the Center Art as Forum at the University of Copenhagen (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship).


16:30 - 18:00

Return of the Pumpkin

with Kai Schiemenz

Kai Schiemenz's sculptures, which were created as part of his project In Search of a Good Hotel at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, will be on display across the site this weekend. They are negative molds cast in concrete from holes the artist dug himself. Thus, the resulting sculptural forms are co-determined by the nature of the soil. This loss of control is an inherent part of the project. Schiemenz compares his work to an archaeological excavation.
The excavated “finds” give passers-by pause for reflection on the relevance of soil as a limited resource, and open up a view of the geological and historical strata beneath the new buildings

In Search of a Good Hotel is Kai Schiemenz's second contribution to Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. In 2008, he exhibited the work The Empty Dwelling, the Vain Tower and the Mad Colonist, serving pumpkin soup for the opening. This warming, community-building gesture will be repeated on election day 2021.

Meeting point: Wasteland, Seydelstr. 13


18:00  - 19:30

HOTARU

with Dirk Dresselhaus (SchneiderTM) & Tomoko Nakasato (Mio)

The performative sound installation HOTARU by Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) and the dancer Tomoko Nakasato (Mio) focuses on the Berlin soil. Dresselhaus’s construction-site score is supported by musicians Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Werner “Zappi” Diermaier (Faust), and Neta Polturak (Moon Gear). Using industrial machinery and tools as instruments, the four musicians evoke the neighbourhood development while tackling a section of sealed ground on the last remaining patch of wasteland at the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. “Hotaru” is Japanese for “firefly.” Compacting the earth and redirecting rivers by means of concrete dams destroys the natural habitats of those fireflies and other aquatic and terrestrial creatures that would otherwise enrich our built environment in peaceful coexistence. In a choreography conceived especially for the occasion, Tomoko Nakasato will summon Berlin’s fireflies to return.

Meeting point: wasteland, Seydelstr. 13


19:30 - 20:30

Fade Out & Drinks

Wasteland Seydelstrasse 13

14. November 2021

14:45 - 15:00

Introduction Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum

with KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns

KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns introduce the works of

Martin Conrads, Doris Dziersk, Lydia Karagiannakis, Lukas Matthaei, Sebastian Quack, Kai Schiemenz and Zorka Wollny.

The introduction will be held in German and translated upon reques

 


15:00 - 16:00

Participatory sculpture AIRNSHARE

with Doris Dziersk

Doris Dziersk’s AIRNSHARE brings together the residents of the new development quarter and those who live in the neighboring older buildings. In a performative act, the participants inflate a sculpture that is 20,7 cubic meters in volume. This corresponds to the official minimum living space required for one person. The joint physical exertion in a real place marks a striking contrast to the disembodied and often anonymized encounters of digital space. Furthermore, Dziersk takes this mix of the air that we breathe to be an alternative symbol for a shared economy. For her, the action is not least a means to reflect together on local neighborhood life. Do people know each other? What is shared, and on what basis? What is missing?

AIRNSHARE is performed with non-return valve.


16:00 - 17:00

Daseins Zentrum: Kämme mein Haar; Fakten und Poesie

with KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns

KUNSTrePUBLIK & Boris Jöns position themselves in an enriched entertainment format to encounters, references facts and poetry of Daseins Zentrum at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum.

The ritual will take place in German.


17:00-18:00

Guided walk: Berlin muss seine Altstadt wieder aufbauen!

with Martin Conrads

Berlin must rebuild its old city! After the social discord of the past decades, urban society needs a fundamental reorientation. The reconstruction of the historic "Fellini Residences" on the grounds of the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum only marks the beginning of a model project for the city of the future. 

Martin Conrads has worked as an author (including der Freitag, Springerin, die tageszeitung), editor (including Texte zur Kunst, Radio Copernicus), curator (including Werkleitz Biennale), artist, proofreader and lecturer (including UdK Berlin, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle). Editor of various print publications, including February 29, 2052 published by ZK/U Press (Berlin, 2019). For the catalog book Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum (2010) Martin Conrads wrote the contribution "Exelente Berlin Mitte Lage; Grundstück am Auswertigen Amt", which was awarded 2nd place by the "Akademie c/o" in the essay competition "Was ist - Raumproduktion der Berliner Republik?" in the same year. 

The guided walk will be held in English

 


18:00-18:30

Film Screening de.construction.fantasies

with Lydia Karagiannaki, live performance with Bitsy Knox and Marco Schröder / item

Lydia Karagiannaki's essay film de.construction.fantasies is a contemplation on the transience of architecture as matter and symbol. Seemingly solid and timeless, buildings and infrastructures are closely linked to the socio-economic and political circumstances of their time. By following the transformation of Berlin's cityscape, cycles of construction and deconstruction processes and material extraction and wear, the work draws attention to the ephemeral side of architecture as well as the finiteness of lived presence. 

The script of the film is performed live by poet and radio host Bitsy Knox. The musical accompaniment is made by sound artist Marco Schröder / item.

Meeting point: Seydelstrasse 19


18:30-19:00

Film Imitation of Life : remake berlin

with Lukas Matthaei & Team

In September, Lukas Matthaei staged the shooting of a scene from Douglas Sirk's 1959 film Imitation of Life together with residents of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. This last melodrama that the German émigré made in Hollywood negotiates upward mobility and family relationships as effects of social conditions. Or as Rainer Werner Fassbinder said, "A great, insane film of life and death!" 

The resulting film will be presented together with the participants.

Meeting point: Seydelstrasse 19

 


19:00-20:00

Fade Out & Drinks

In addition, works by Folke Köbberling, Julian Oliver, Sebastian Quack, Kai Schiemenz and Zorka Wollny can be seen.