ZK/U Berlin, Germany from 29.01.21
Alice Pedroletti has been selected as Artist Fellow with ZK/U Berlin. The project is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism under the Italian Council program (2020).
“In ‘The city, the island’ I approach the relationship between Urban Island and Natural Island. ZK/U is located in the Moabit district, historically considered an island as it is surrounded by waterways. This characteristic makes it a unique place: an island within an island, a possible free zone where art experiments and hypothesises solutions for the future, remaining ideally-protected, but also critically excluded from the water itself. Place of exchange and relations, a passageway for artists and researchers, ZK/U is a utopian atrium of Berlin’s city. Before that, it’s also the entrance to an island that does not exist. This imaginative, territorial and political condition pushes me to imagine not only artworks for specific places – the atriums – but projects for specific territorial or emotional needs that go beyond architecture.”
ZK/U is a residency and platform for creative and urban experimentation. Through its glocal program, ZK/U explores and critiques existing knowledge and practices in urban agglomerations as a springboard to individual and community self-empowerment. With insights and expertise gained over years of collective work as an artist-run initiative in Berlin and beyond, ZK/U fosters the expansion of resilient and inclusionary networks that can rise to the challenges of city life in the 21st century. In order to grasp the often perplexing complexities engendered by worldwide interconnections, local initiatives are examined on the global scale be it in Berlin or Buenos Aires. The residency program is open to artists, scholars and practitioners that concern themselves with the phenomenon of ‘the city’. Read more