Darkroom of Educational Modernism: On Form & Function

Fri, 15.9.23 – Sat, 3.2.24 Type: Exhibition Languages: German, English Location: station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf Address: Auerbacher Ring 41, 12619 Berlin (Entrance: Kastanienboulevard, next to Lebenshilfe e.V.) Admission: free Organizer: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber: Detail aus „From Our House to Bauhaus - Occupy Modernity“, 2012

At the latest with the expulsion of emancipative modernism from Europe after the outbreak of World War II and the establishment of the International Style in architecture, the project of modernism split into formally aesthetic and ideologically competing social and national processes. These strands can be reconnected in educational buildings.

Since the late 1990s, the artist duo Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have been visiting, photographing, and researching buildings and structures of postwar educational modernism, as well as the backgrounds and realities of their use, in countries as diverse as Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Nigeria, Serbia, and the United States.

Exemplary works from this long-term project examine the role and meaning of images of educational architectures in narratives of modernization from different geographies and ideologies. They explore how colonialism, racism, and classism become visible in them and how critique of the promises and crimes of modernism can be captured in terms of image politics.

The exhibition Darkroom of Educational Modernism and accompanying events ask whether and how, considering the complicity of knowledge and education with planetary exploitation processes, spaces can still be opened up today for a “critical legacy” of modernism in which other forms of knowledge are developed and conditions and ways of dealing with education that are fit for the future are made possible.


nGbK work group station urbaner kulturen: Juan Camilo Alfonso, Jochen Becker, Eva Hertzsch, Margarete Kiss, Constanze Musterer, Adam Page, Ralf Wedekind
In collaboration with AK Schule der Zukunft


Brief biography

Vienna and Vancouver-based artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber investigate how cities, architectures, and urban territories are negotiated through images. Their photographic, spatial, and research-oriented works address moments and logics of urban transformation processes. In 2004 they founded the research collective Urban Subjects with Jeff Derksen.


11.1.24, 7.00 pm

How do pictures come into use?

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber in conversation with Heidrun Holzfeind, Karina Nimmerfall and Raimar Stange

Type: Event, Conversation Location: station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf

14.9.–14.9.23, 7.00 pm


Type: Opening Location: station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf