ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik

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3 – 8 Months Residencies for Scholars, Artists and Practitioners at ZK/U Berlin

The ZK/U residency is a production space where artists, researchers and practitioners can meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas. The programme consists of an active-collaborative format for mutual exchange, weekly Monday Dinners, where the residents get the opportunity to introduce their practice to a selected audience, and monthly studio visits by professionals from ZK/U’s network. ZK/U’s residents furthermore have the possibility to share their work with a broader public during the OPENHAUS, a bi-monthly open studio format, and by proposing their own public events and projects. Since the ZK/U sees itself as a constantly evolving space, fellows are encouraged to bring their own inputs into the communal life, be it in terms of actions, creating collectives or simply contributing to the maintenance of the space.

The residency space consists of furnished studio-apartments (half of which have private bathrooms) and communal facilities like a large kitchen, a terrace, a library-in-progress and a surrounding public park. For individual fellows, depending on the type of studio-apartment and the length of stay (3-8 months), the residency costs are between €550 and €850 per month. The price covers all utility costs and space usage.

See www.zku-berlin.org/apply

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:

The ZK/U sees itself as a laboratory for inter- and trans-disciplinary activities centered on the phenomenon of ´the city´.

ZK/U promotes international exchange on global issues, in the light of what is happening in one’s own backyard.

The programme is open to a range of contemporary artistic positions that are conceptual, interventionist and contextual. Work at ZK/U is informed by theoretical and practice-based critiques within the fields of urban research, geography, anthropology, urbanism, architecture and the humanities. ZK/U focuses on the processes that come from, and feed into the particular contexts of the fellows’ practices, whether they be locally-defined situations or international discourses.

The ZK/U is particularly interested in initiatives that create spaces for encounter and exchange between citizens from diverse backgrounds; formats that question and reclaim urban infrastructure and public space for the commons; practices that make global complexities graspable in a local context; and projects that imagine forms of local belonging within post-migration societies.

See www.zku-berlin.org/concept

Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • German
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Publication
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Tegel
    Nearest Train Station: Berlin Main Station (Hauptbahnhof)
    How to reach by plane: TXL Berlin Tegel // bus TXL (direction Alexanderplatz) to S Beusselstraße SXF Berlin Schönefeld // S45 (direction S Südkreuz) to S+U Bundesplatz, then change U9 (direction Osloer Str.) to U Birkenstraße
    How to reach by train: U Birkenstraße (U9) // S Westhafen (S41, S42)
    Street & Number: Siemensstrasse, 27
    Postal Code: 10551
    City: Berlin
    Country long: Germany
    Siemensstrasse, 27
    Berlin 10551 DEU
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