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As part of the open, international art competition "Art in the Underground 2022/23: New Urban Public Spheres", a nine-member jury selected six artistic positions from 105 applications in an anonymous procedure that deal with the current transformation of social practices.


Selected artists:

  • Irene Fernández Arcas
  • Sunny Pfalzer
  • Julieta Ortiz de Latierro
  • image-shift
  • Liminal Beast of Prey
  • Chargé
The works, which will be on view in public spaces from June to August 2023, connect Berlin's underground stations with urban squares and play out the entire route network via passenger television.

Three Berlin squares and their underground stations are the starting point for artistic interventions this year: Kottbusser Tor, Strausberger Platz and the Red City Hall.

These squares are architecturally striking, partly dissected by streets or spanned by bridges and elevated railways. The selected urban and public space is used very differently: as a traffic, consumption, communication or recreation space. The selected works aim to reinforce these uses and place them at the centre. Through them, the space itself becomes an actor, it can be a place, occasion and object for alternative political self-organisation.

With "Art in the Underground 2022/23: New Urban Public Spheres", the focus of the competition already developed in 2020/21 will be continued, to focus on the characteristics, limits and possibilities of the urban space and to explore them with different artistic positions.

Programme

Poster campaigns


9 - 29 June 2023
  • Posters at the U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor by Irene Fernández Arcas
  • Posters at Strausberger Platz underground station by Sunny Pfalzer

30 June - 20 July 2023
  • Posters at U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor and Intervention Berliner Fenster by Julieta Ortiz de Latierro
  • Posters at Strausberger Platz by Chargé

11 July -10 August 2023
  • Posters at the U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor by image-shift

Accompanying programme


Thursday, 8 June 2023
20-22 h
  • Core of Genesis, Wrestling match by Liminal Beast of Prey
Place: Square in front of the Rotes Rathaus, corner Karl-Liebknecht-Straße / Spandauer Straße


Friday, 9 June 2023
6:30 pm
  • Inner Care in Public Spaces
Performance-collaboration by Franka Marlene Foth and Irene Fernández Arcas, followed by a get-together in the Südblock (from 7 p.m.)
Location: U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor, exit U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor opposite Südblock


Saturday, 10 June 2023
4 pm
  • Scores for Fake Authenticity
Performance by Sunny Pfalzer with Ronald Berger and Kévin Bonono
Location: U-Bhf Strausberger Platz, Exit C (Karl-Marx-Allee/ Lebuser Straße)


Thursday, 15 June 2023
8 pm
  • Inner Care in Public Spaces
Collective Listening with Irene Fernández Arcas
Online meditation, accessible via posters and stickers: Location: U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor, on the platform of the U1.
Please bring: a smartphone and headphones


Friday, 16 June 2023
4 pm
  • Scores for Fake Authenticity
Walk + Talk Performance by Sunny Pfalzer with Ronald Berger, Kévin Bonono and Fadescha
Location: U-Bhf Strausberger Platz, Exit C (Karl-Marx-Allee/ Lebuser Straße)


Saturday, 17 June 2023
4 pm
  • Scores for Fake Authenticity
Performance by Sunny Pfalzer with Ronald Berger and Kévin Bonono
Location: U-Bhf Strausberger Platz, Exit C (Karl-Marx-Allee/ Lebuser Straße)


Saturday, 8 July 2023
3 pm
  • Chargé (Sinzo Aanza, Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Falonne Mambu, Nada Tshibwabwa, Ralf Wendt and Elsa Westreicher)
Artist talk
Location: U-Bhf Strausberger Platz (details on exact location to follow)


Saturday, 8 July 2023
4 pm
Chargé (Sinzo Aanza, Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Falonne Mambu, Nada Tshibwabwa, Ralf Wendt and Elsa Westreicher)
Performance in the urban space at Strausberger Platz; posters and sound work in the underground station
Sound work can be accessed and listened to by phone (phone number on posters in the underground station).
Location: Strausberger Platz underground station


Saturday, 8 July 2023
6 pm
No publicity
Workshop Julieta Ortiz de Latierro
Unpleasant bureaucratic letters are transformed into pop-up sculptures; KOTTImobil offers a short social counselling session in Arabic, German, English and Turkish.
Please bring copies of letters and register in advance: kunst-im-untergrund@ngbk.de
Location: blog_huette at U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor


Tuesday, 11 July 2023
20:30
Film screenings:
- The documentary Gurbet artık bir ev / Gurbet is a home (2021; 63 min.) by Pınar Öğrenci reflects on the urban planning concept of "careful urban renewal" and addresses the discriminatory treatment of migrant workers.
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