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Sparwasser Hq

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Schwedterstrasse 36 A
10115 Berlin Mitte
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vorausgegangene Ausstellung / previous exhibition


The 11th issue is now online!

Sharing the Potlatch
by Vassiliea Stylianidou

Presentation of nine contemporary project spaces in Berlin



"Project spaces have a long tradition in Berlin.
Since 1993 I have experienced the restless changing process of Berlin's cultural landscape.
Alongside the proliferation of commercial galleries in Berlin in the last five years, project spaces continue to be found throughout the city.
To me, this indicates that the city still has open desires. Open spaces and open desires.
Fortunately, the over-representation of the "established order" does not saturate the symbolic need and desire for experiencing art and theory as a common good, which opens up possibilities for new forms of sharing public and private space.
Berlin-based independent cultural workers, artists, curators and theoreticians seek to redistribute their cultural capital through the gesture of offering space to, and developing different formats for their colleagues and the public for the exchange and experience of art and theory processes.
Considering Berlin as a laboratory for cultural development for this online issue I launch Sharing the Potlatch, a discussion that will be continued in different formats about the role and reality of project spaces.
I invited following nine Berlin-based project spaces.
Fake or Feint
Anna-Catharina Gebbers Bibliothekswohnung
PROGRAM initiative for art+architecture collaborations
web based platform for new media crossovers






1___OPEN CALL // residency programme @ Sparwasser HQ

//// public sphere and rhetoric

Sparwasser HQ starts year 2010 by defining other public 'spheres' to inhabit. We do this with the help of the respondents to our 'open call'-invited residents (2) and text writers (10)-who describe actions considering the public sphere (offentlighed) and the use or misuse of rhetoric, free speech and convention.

Sparwasser HQ wished to set the parameters and learn from the incoming proposals.

After having read all the applications some general considerations can be made:
- In order to be able to describe the public sphere and what rhetoric is, many artists reacted by defining the 'self' and 'reality'.
- Typically the proposals did not wish to entertain but rather speak to an undefined passersby audience or only involved participation.
- The project descriptions typically illustrated examples of actions rather than an artwork.


As a consequence we chose two artists for residencies, whose work deals with the ultimate exchange between artist and audience in the making, but which are realized more as an example of an exchange or intervention, than an 'art event'.

Berlin, open your windows!
Anthony Marcellini
(Gothenburg, Sweden)

While in Berlin Anthony Marcellini will create an auditory public sphere using temporary platforms for a series of public declarations. Written by him and performed by an opera singer from the open windows of several apartment buildings throughout Berlin, these libretto declarations shall reflect the history, the dreams, the tribulations and the triumphs of each neighborhood. Sparwasser HQ is expecting something between The Marriage of Figaro, Hyde Park Corner and Berlin Childhood around 1900.

Exploitation On Demand
Karin Laansoo
(Tallin, Estonia)

The curator Laansoo answers Sparwasser HQ's call with another open call to Nordic/Baltic artists. She wishes to create a manual of exploitive situations that are planned to take place in Berlin. She needs authors and volunteers. Read below and please respond! A number of selected situations will actually be performed.

In order to broaden our actions into the 'global sphere', we made an international call for texts. 10 text writers were approached and are invited.

A Rhetorical Revolution: 1968 in Germany & France
Victoria H.F. Scott
(New York, USA)

Why Openness Matters: the Deptford.TV project
Adnan Hadzi (London, UK)

No more words, no other thoughts. About the rituals of speaking. Speaking in Open Space
Juliane Zelwies (Berlin, Germany)

Per-Arne Sträng
(Umeå, Sweden) &
John Huntington
(Hägersten, Sweden)

Lódê's tanement "Rainbow Paradise"
Marciin Polak (Lodz, Poland)

Reconstruction and Pathos-the Slipping of the Symbolic Tongue
Florian Göttke
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Anastasios Logothetis (Stockholm, Sweden)

Radhildur Iingadottir (Seydisfjordur, Iceland)

Joakim Forsgren (Hägersten, Sweden)

Geirthrudur Finnbogadottir Hjovar (Reykjavik, Iceland)



Within the frame of the open call public sphere and rhetoric Karin Laansoo is sending out her open call as one part of her curatorial residency project. You are warmly welcome to contribute and engage.

EXPLOITATION ON DEMAND project by Karin Laansoo
OPEN CALL Submission deadline: February 20, 2010

New York based estonian curator Karin Laansoo is looking for intervention-like performances that will create mildly exploitive situations in public spaces.

Exploitation On Demand is a series of public performances carried out by local volunteers in Berlin according to authors' instructions.

Whether psychological, social or economic, exploitation by definition involves a persistent relationship in which certain persons are being mistreated or unfairly used for the benefit of others. A transaction is exploitative only if it is unfair, meaning that the goods or services exchanged are not of equivalent value. By providing a set context to act on and by giving the 'permission' to exploit, we will enter the territory of exchange rates for goods, time, services or physical bodies. Whether involving harmful or mutually advantageous, consensual or nonconsensual relations, the performances will make asymmetrical connections visible, but they could also create conflicting situations. The project dips into a personal economy of exchange rates as well as asks questions about the exploitive nature of art.

All descriptions as well as documentation of selected performances will be compiled into a Training Manual for Public Exploitation.

+ Project is open to all international applicants.

+ The performances must take place in the city of Berlin, March 1-14, 2010.

+ Selected performances will be carried out by local volunteers in Berlin according to authors' instructions.

+ The descriptions have to provide a title as well as specific instructions for the exact location of the performance, duration and the preferred local participants.

To apply please e-mail the following info on or before Saturday, February 20, 2010:

____home address
____A brief description of the performance (max. 300 words)


All submissions should be e-mailed to with subject line OPEN CALL.

This residency project is supported by Sparwasser HQ and netres.


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