für bildende Kunst
Hellersdorf: station urbaner kulturenSaturday, 01 February 2020 — Tuesday, 01 February 2022
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Members of the nGbK have been running the station urbaner kulturen on a housing estate in Berlin-Hellersdorf since 2014. It is a discursive exhibition and programme space and a workplace for collaborations between artists and residents. With this long-term presence on the outskirts of the city, the nGbK takes responsibility for the development of new forms of artistic practice. The station initiates interventionistic processes, strengthens social structures and reflects on the future of a district through cultural and artistic engagement.
Some of the work takes place on open green land next to Cottbusser Platz Underground Station. This land is exemplary for the many open spaces in the city which were once appropriated by communities as public and free places for culture and leisure, but are now threatened by imminent building activity.
DIE PAMPA LEBT [THE PAMPA LIVES] - Hellersdorf as a large housing estate yesterday, today and tomorrow
A research project by artists and residents in the Boulevard Kastanienallee neighbourhood 2019- 2021
Files as a collection point in the station urbaner kulturen since May 2019. Photo (detail): Nihad Nino Pušija
The social, political and cultural fabric of an increasingly cosmopolitan and contradictory Hellersdorf is the starting point of the research. Artists and residents have been working together on a series of questions since March 2019:
What hopes, fears, promises and humiliations were there in Hellersdorf in the 1990s? And today? What effects has the dismantling of industrial work had? And the demolition of buildings? What future visions for Hellersdorf exist? And what ideas exist to create more quality of life for young adults on the estate? What changes and shifts in value systems do residents experience and how do they document them?
From their findings on these questions, the artists aim is to produce new pictures of the estate with the estate. The residents and artists meet regularly in the project space „station urbaner kulturen“, on the green land they call „Place Internationale“ and on excursions to exhibitions and events in Berlin and other cities. In an open, ongoing archive consisting of folders and a shelving system, transcribed conversations and submitted material will be recorded and made visible in the „station“ and on the green land. In 2020 there will be an exhibition of the research and the new pictures.
Visitors are invited to participate in the research.
nGbK project group: Jochen Becker, Fabian Bovens, Eva Hertzsch, Margarete Kiss, Constanze Musterer, Adam Page
DIE PAMPA LEBT is funded from the „Soziale Stadt“ programm and supported by the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Office fur Further Education and Culture
map for station urbaner kulturen and Place Internationale
Supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa