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“wer a sagt, der muß nicht b sagen. er kann auch erkennen, daß a falsch war.” berthold brecht
liebe freunde und kollegen,
wir haben im juli 2011 ein ladengeschäft und eine darüberliegende 3 zimmer wohnung (zusammen ca. 220 qm) im afrikanischen viertel im berliner wedding gekauft, um ein neues galerie/residenz projekt am 16. dezember 2011 zu starten. der kauf ist jetzt glatt über die bühne gegangen und die immobilie gehört jetzt uns und ist lastenfrei.
im zuge unserer recherchen jedoch sind wir auf einige andere interessante objekte zu gestoßen.
um es kurz zu machen: wir suchen investoren, die sowohl an moderater rendite, aber auch an der rettung von bezahlbaren wohn-, arbeits-, und austellungsmöglichkeiten im zentrumsnahen berlin interessiert sind.
wir bekommen da eine ganz illustre gesellschaft zusammen, die in einer gemeinnützigen GmbH mit angeschlossener finanzierungsagentur für kunst zusammengefasst werden soll, mit dem ziel im wedding einen lebendigen kunststandort zu erhalten, bevor die haie alles unter sich aufteilen.
“bankraub: eine initiative von dilettanten. wahre profis gründen eine bank.” oder “was passiert mit dem loch, wenn der käse weg ist?“ berthold brecht
mit bestem ahoi
“because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” berthold brecht
dear friends and colleagues,
we have bought in july 2011 a shop plus the 3-room appartment above the shop (approx. 700 square feet) in the “african quarter” in berlin-wedding to start a new gallery/residency project on december 16th 2011.
during our recherche we have found some other interesting objects.
to shorten it up: we are looking for investors, interested as well in moderate return and as well in an action to rescue affordable living-, work- and exhibitionspace in a central part of berlin.
we will gather an illustrous bunch of people, which should form a limited firm including an agency for art financing in order to keep and stimulate a lively art quarter before the sharks have eaten it all.
with best ahoi
“it is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.” or “what happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?” berthold brecht
Research Project about unique “Solitaire Architecture and the Dream of Modernity”
Heiko Daxl and Ingeborg Fülepp (mediainmotion.de) since June 2011
The House of World Cultures works in a building of great architectural and historical interest. It was the USA’s contribution to the INTERBAU 1957 building exhibition in Berlin. For the exhibition, the designs of many renowned architects were constructed in the nearby Hansaviertel.
In 1955, Hugh Stubbins started work on a design for a building that would soon become a remarkable landmark in the cityscape of post-war Berlin. Stubbins, who had been Gropius’s assistant at Harvard before the Second World War, was familiar with Germany. Wanting to make a statement on that conflict between the systems commonly referred to the Cold War, Stubbins planned a building with a hall to hold cultural events and congresses. It was intended to serve as a symbol and beacon of freedom with its message reaching the East too. The former Zeltenplatz square was chosen as the site. To ensure its contours would be clearly seen from Communist-ruled East Berlin, the Congress Hall was erected on an artificial mound.
Stubbins described the symbolic value of his architectural design as ‘completely free’. The form of the curved roof bore a striking resemblance to that of wings. In Stubbins’s view, the roof upheld the promise that there would be no restrictions on the freedom of intellectual work – a political vision shared by the Benjamin Franklin Foundation, which commissioned the building.
Construction took only one year. On 19 September 1957, after the building had been completed, the US government gave the Congress Hall to the City of Berlin as a present. The artistic programme of the opening ceremony reflected the Congress Hall’s future programme: combining theatre, symposia and concerts, it brought together prominent artists, scientists and politicians engaged in an international dialogue between the New and Old Worlds.
From summer 2006 to August 2007, the House of World Cultures was a building site. In summer 2007, a major interdisciplinary festival on New York and the changes in the trans-Atlantic relations was held after the re-opening.
The restoration and repairs were being made possible through special financing by the State Minister at the Federal Chancellery for Media and Culture.
Berlin / Germany
„„A Space for Projects and Exhibitions“ in Berlin Kreuzberg:
ConcentArt e.V.(a non-profit art association) was founded with the aim of promoting and realizing specific projects.
The association’s primary objective is to enable the cost-effective and concrete realization of projects. In addition, the thematic content implicit in these projects will be thematized, encouraging debate and discussion of the social and moral values and issues addressed by individual works.
In lieu of statutes
This art association does not see itself as a clearly delineated group of artists dedicated to the „canonization of its members and constitutive rituals.
We do see ourselves as a fundamentally open group, similar in ethnological terms to a pack of animals, where those artists who feel called upon to do so can place their creative forces under the banner of a given topic. The sum of their artistic questions and answers forms the bedrock of an exhibition.
Art should be a „plumbline“—a „seismic discipline“ when it comes to the diverse possibilities of expression inherent in the various media at its disposal. We are interested not so much in the „objectives“ pursued by our association or individual exhibitions, but more in the methodology selected for individual projects. .