Nesting in an island of culture somewhere in an industrial sea of Berlin, ZK/U has started travelling with MagiC Carpets, even though its location in a former railway depot would suggest their preference for trains. 

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KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V., the organization behind ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, explores urban communication structures and implements experiments and projects that foster conversation between diverse stakeholders in the urban arena.

The centre is located in a neighbourhood, where various conflicts take place due to the polarity of its backgrounds: more established ‘middle-class’ citizens, precarious 1st and 2nd generation migrants and newly arriving groups of refugees. Therefore, ZK/U particularly aims at (re)activating the social and spatial relationship between individuals and groups that are divided by differences of education, income, gender and ethnic backgrounds.

ZK/U offers a variety of opportunities to create connections between individuals and institutions. It is particularly interested in launching activities that connect artists and local businesses, institutions and local initiatives.

In addition, ZK/U is running a residency program for artists and urban researchers and has hosted more than 350 individuals in 2-8 months residencies since its opening in 2012. It offers a space to live and work: furnished accommodation studio, communal facilities, shared and private production areas, a platform open for public events, lectures, discussions, screenings, performances and presentations.

ZK/U welcomes artists, scholars, practitioners, as well as all types of professionals, artists in their field working on the edge of their practice, interested in cross-disciplinary theory and practice dealing with the city. ZK/U is interested in contemporary artistic positions, ranging from contextual and interventionist to conceptual and public art that addresses selected themes. Work at ZK/U is based on theoretical and practice-based critiques developed in the disciplines of geography, anthropology, urban planning, architecture and the humanities.

ZK/U directs its work along specific research themes that are meant to inspire open discussions.

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