Mapping Contemporary Concerns

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Mapping Contemporary Concerns is a methodology that surpasses berlinerpool. It was born from the need to discuss current issues that are present in the berlin art context and to find a response in the art practice of berlinerpool members.

MCC is a means for the berlinerpool archive to bring these current topics to the stage in the form of open discussions by inviting outside professionals and members of our network. The panel meet and discuss a central topic – often aligned or in the framework of other events hosted by the city, triggered by spontaneous visits of significant actors / thinkers / knowledge carriers in the art and cultural fields. The system of keywords is supporting the semantic axis of these visits.

With this format berlinerpool arts network & mobile archive aims to raise the question of whether we can speak of a potential “vocabulary” inherent to Berlin’s art production, in terms of medium, approaches, subjects, materials or sources the makers are dealing with and driven by.

Being part of ARCHIVE IT – talks, this latest format developed by berlinerpool is committed to the sharing, collecting. connecting, exchanging and contextualizing of visions and knowledge (In symmetry of triple nature of berlinerpool as a Database, Network and Platform for project development.)

Conceptualized and curated by Paz Ponce for berlinerpool arts network | mobile archive


Curated talk on keywords: city/urbanism – collective memory / history / heritage – transformation. 4.6.14 at NON Gallery Berlin. Chausseestr.11  Berlin-Mitte

♦ Listen to the audio resource here

My thoughts on Urban Curation
Jacqueline Heerema – curator / artist
Art interventions in public space during  –  25 years “Fall of the Berlin Wall”
Annelies Bakker – art manager
Urban vs Rural / Culture export vs cultural exoticism 
Alfred Banze – artist
Urban transformations
Jan Körbes – designer / architect
We-Traders  – Swapping crisis for city
Rose Epple – designer / exhibition maker

Jacqueline Heerema – curator / artist
She is a trained conceptual artist, studied museology, works as independent urban curator, is experienced in engaged large scale new heritage projects and develops interactive community based collections to develop new artistic insights that she connects to non-­artistic domains. She transformed an urban neighbourhood into ‘Museum Oostwijk’, de-constructed the classic concept of museums in ‘The Chamber of Marvels’ and is founding director and curator of Satellietgroep since 2006. She collects, connects and interconnects local knowledge on a global level and acts as a catalyst between society, arts and science.
Annelies Bakker – art manager
During my professional career I’ve worked for major art events such as dOCUMENTA (13) and Berlin Art Week. I was held in high regard for my motivation and organization, my immunity to stress, the ability to work to tight deadlines and excellent structuring and communication skills. Furthermore, I have founded a publishing company in the Netherlands and have been writing texts for artists, catalogues and individual fund applications.
Alfred Banze – artist 
Alfred Banze makes movies, performances, installations, drawings and objects. Since 2001 he has worked in participatory art projects, in which children, youth and adults, amateurs, artists and specialists in various areas be included in the artistic production. Using this process-oriented way of working since 2004, he reflect changes in global cultural conditions, including in emerging and developing countries. His intermedia projects he understands primarily as gestures, as a collective and individual interventions in the mediated public space.
Jan Körbes – designer / architect
As a contraposition to the standard perception of architecture and as a reaction to a dynamic life as garbage architect and international 3D troubleshooter, I developed a dynamic and mobile living structure from a grain silo and a selection of local waste materials. Various simple but logical technical systems enable the silo to be almost independent of civilization, e.g. the shower which works on 5 liter circulated water. In order to look from a different angle at the standard way of living, I started to live with my daughter in the experimental house, which we moved to Berlin at the end of july 2013. The ‘silo city’ project in Berlin questions the general dynamics in housing and public space, inviting contrasting groups of society to experience the other side of mobility and architecture, from doctors to lawyers, through workers and gardeners to politicians and musicians.
Rose Epple – designer / exhibition maker
We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City is a knowledge and exhibition platform, initiated by the Goethe-Institut, that shows and networks urban initatives from Madrid, Lisbon, Berlin, Toulouse and Turin. The common link between these We-Trades is that they experiment with new forms of exchange and collaboration in the city and thus redefine the relation between value, profit and common good.
The Goethe-Institut Region South-west Europe and artistic directors Angelika Fitz (Vienna) and Rose Epple (Berlin) developed the We-Traders project in collaboration with local co-curators, local Goethe-Instituts, as well as with twenty-four We-Trades from all five cities. The We-Traders exhibition is currently touring through Europe and will open in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien on July 3rd, 2014.
Rose Epple a.k.a. Rose Apple has been designing exhibitions and publications in the fields of art, urbanism and design since 2002 and is especially interested in collaborative design processes.


MCC #2 OPENING THE SPACE OF THE PROPOSITIONAL: collective approaches in Berlin-Based art production.
Curated talk on keywords: collective, participatory, performance/happening, public space/public life & social relationships, communication, authorship.
16.07.14 at NON Gallery Berlin. Chausseestr.11  Berlin-Mitte

Chapter 2 of Mapping contemporary concerns will be focused on collaborative dynamics in art. In this session we want to analyse the challenges posed by this approach to art practice form the position of a residency, an artist group, two single artists engaged in collaborative projects and two networking platforms.

For this special case we want to invite to the podium such a variety of projects to explore the different nuances in collaborative practices, exchanging methodologies, experiences and perhaps opening the space for propositions.

On Saturday 19th of July this exploration will take the live action by the hands of Jaanika Peerna, Vanessa Enriquez and Dolanbay in the form of a collateral performance, turning the canvas into an archive of  the ephemeral.


AFFECT: Agora’s Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices – collaborative art residency
Speaker: Caique Tizzi
Club Real – artist group
Artist presentation and working dynamics within the group
Speaker: Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck
i Collective – collaborative platform
Presentation of group and working dynamics
Speaker: Valeria Schwarz
Ilya Noe – artist
“collaborate (or not collaborate)”.
The Erogate/Surrogate project and MPA-B: collaborative platform for performance art
Zorka Wollny –  performer, video and sound artist
Collaboration, ideas generation, production
Paz Ponce – chief curator of berlinerpool – network, collaborative platform
“The archive as a collective project”.


MCC #3 “architectures” of…
sound | memory | belonging | utopia | color
Curated talk on keywords: architecture, synesthesia, photography, memory, painting, participatory art, environment, perception/senses, sound art, installation

After sommer pause, berlinerpool’s program of talks re-launches for its autumn edition. For the next term, mapping contemporary concerns (MCC) focuses on architecture.

In our glossary of terms, architecture belongs to the “Material & Sources” section. Therefore, we are interested in the functional, technical, social, environmental, aesthetic and conceptual considerations reflected by the use of architecture through the orchestration of form, space and ambience as raw materials.

MCC #3 invites you to join a Wednesday synesthetic ride through a variety of first-person projects stretching the notion of architecture in its hybridizations with sound, memory, belonging, utopia, color (and a very long etcetera).


Architecture of sound
Jarii van Gohl (Sound SLKTR)  – Soundkalendar

Architecture of memory
Norbert Wiesneth – Kaliningrad series

Architecture of belonging
Daniel AlmgrenRecén – Near that place

Architecture of utopia
Joanne Pouzenc & Philine Schneider (Collage Lab) – Post + Capitalist City

Architecture of color
Kyung-Lae Oak – Colors of Berlin (Project realized during residency at ZK/U Berlin)



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