Question is the mark of inquisition
such as why are we here? did we choose to be here?
[you are here – on weisestr, 12049, berlin] on the northeast corner of Tempelhofer Feld under the shade of the trees
the duo encounters an 8-circuit Labyrinth. circle the goal and find
yourself by turns farther and closer.
“Is the crime of humanity only subject to trial when it hurts the lives of Europeans? Why some deaths are remembered and others have to be forgotten? What distinguishes human beings from animals is the ability to speak on behalf of evil. Crime is a symbol of our freedom.” Jacques Verges (Devil’s Advocate) Verges and his special technique “rupture defense” was challenging the legitimacy of the court and turning it into a debate on the injustice of colonialism.
We are neither a lawyer nor we are trying to establish a court and looking for a suspect. We are the witnesses of our times who will tell the stories. Through our films, we can reveal-discuss the normalization and ignorance of violence.
Savaş Boyraz, (in collaboration with Mahkum Abi) depicts a contemporary reading of Picasso’s Guernica in the light of recent warfare in Cizre-Kurdistan. Ezgi’s film is about pheasant hunting which has been a ritualized performance of manhood since ancient times.
August 27th, Monday
3pm – 9pm
To write a novel is seen as a monumental undertaking to accomplish in one’s lifetime. None of us has written a novel before and to take on this task together, forming a temporary writing society means something new to all of us. Believing in realising a novel in a timeframe of one month introduces already a form of possible failure. Embracing this defeat we will work ’til the end.
To write a novel is seen as a monumental undertaking to accomplish in one’s lifetime. None of us has written a novel before and to take on this task together, forming a temporary writing society means something new to all of us. Believing in realizing a novel in a timeframe of one month introduces already a form of possible failure. Embracing this defeat we will work ’til the end.
Performer and choreographer Ayşe Orhon collaborates with musician and sound engineer Burak Tamer for a performance that considers today’s body as geography.
They dig thoroughly into the territories of human sound in relation to movement, integrating live voice processing.
Ceren Oykut expands the action of drawing with light and shadow. She brings her drawing practice onstage, performing live drawing accompanied by
experimental electronic duo FezayaFirar’s uncut, improvised performance. Burak Tamer is also a member of Istanbul’s avant-rock band Replikas, and
FezayaFirar will join for the first time to weave sound in space.
The evening takes its name “Figures in Air” from the book by Micah Silver about audio’s impact on human behavior and social space. Drawing,
human voice, sound, and movement meet in the gallery space with collaborations by different artists.
Opening: 22nd June 2018 at 7pm
Part of 48h Neukölln
Political pressure, censorship, and violence are increasing daily in Turkey, forcing artists to change their artistic practices or leave the country. Berlin has long been a point of attraction for international artists. Since three to four years an increasing number of artists are
moving from Istanbul to Berlin to start new lives free from fear, pressure, and censorship, where they can pursue their artistic practices.
The exhibition situational dictionary: NOW picks up on the current situation in works by Ceren Oykut,Özlem Sarıyıldız, Ezgi Kılıncaslan, Mustafa Pancar, Lerna Babikyan and Ece Gökalp, developing new conceptual and visual tools to more adequately address such important contemporary
topics as migration, the rise of conservative and nationalist currents and their censorship, violence, and intolerance, as well as more general existential questions.
Apartment Project acts as an important contact point for the Turkish art community in Berlin. It is an interface for the Berlin public interested
in art, and the Neukölln neighborhood in general. (more…)
Exhibition Opening: Friday 18th of May at 7pm
Visiting Days and Hours: Friday / Saturday 16.00-19:00
Duration: 18th of May until 14th of June 2018
Location: Apartment Project Berlin, Hertzbergstraße 13, Neukölln
Ceren Oykut’s exhibition entitled Still Here developed together with a site spesific drawing installation (wall painting) in the Apartment Project. The starting point of the wall painting was a notebook kept by Ceren Oykut while she has been learning German language. It was a work in progress, She started to draw on one of the walls and continued until the exhibition opening in May.
NO (B)ORDERS is to be understood as a universal political outcry coming directly out of the project space art scene. It stands for an open worldview, the artistic recapturing of urban space, as well as the preservation of autonomy and diversity for project spaces and initiatives. Four internationally active project spaces and initiatives were selected through an open call for this exhibition, based on artworks that are clearly positioned against discrimination and repression, instead displaying ways forward toward communication and freedom. The group exhibition allows not only for an encounter with different forms of reflection and expression, but also offers a space for spontaneous art actions and further discussion.
“SEEING AND HEARING”
Offsite-Exhibition (part of MUTTERZUNGE) [at] Apartment Project Berlin:
30. 3. – 5. 5. 2018
Beyond the events and presentations at Babylon, Mutterzunge also presents several off-site projects. First among these collaborations is an exhibition entitled “Seeing and Hearing”, hosted by Apartment Project in Neukölln from March 30th to April 5th, 2018. This is an outcome of a workshop held by Loading, a Diyarbakır nonprofit art space, at nbk’s Berlin studio residency apartment, during their research visit as part of Mutterzunge.
Opening + Artist Talk:
30.March 2018, 6pm
Thur-Fri-Sat 4pm to 7pm
absencexpresence Asli Narin & Gurkan Mihci
Audio Visual Performance and Exhibition
“absencexpresence” focuses on Asli Narin’s and Gürkan Mıhçı’s 24-hour-experience on Eastern Express train journey, from Ankara to Kars. They took off with the intention of collaboration and art production. As Maurice Merleau-Ponty claims that the painter changes the world into paintings by lending his body to the world*, Asli Narin and Gurkan Mihci takes this phenomena to its maximum in their collaboration.
Türkcesi icin kaydirin
Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb
Die “Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb” verkörperte anfangs die Reaktion auf die unfassbare und unberechtigte Verhaftung von Osman Kavala – welchen wir kennen und mit ihm in Kontakt stehen; dennoch tritt sie aus der Notwendigkeit hervor, sich solidarisch mit all denen zu zeigen, welche ihrer Freiheit beraubt wurden, weil sie Gebrauch von ihrer Meinungsfreiheit gemacht haben. Sie fand am 18.104.22.168 Februar im Istanbuler Kunstraum DEPO statt.
Die “Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb” hat es ermöglicht dass Künstler und Kunst schaffende aus verschiedenen Generationen in einem gemeinsam genutzten Raum zusammen kommen konnten.
Mit Vorstellungsvermögen, mit Spielen, und der erschaffenen Sprache war man zusammen.
Exhibition Opening “T-RÄUME”
Monday, 11th of December 2017, 6pm
Duration: 11th – 17th of December
The exhibition “t-Räume” is showcasing the works produced in more than 10 workshops with young Neuköllners in the years 2016 and 2017. The wide spectrum of works includes Virtual Reality experiments, a poster campaign, chair and dome structures, urban games, music videos and dream holograms.
25th November – 10th of December
Opening Days/Hours: Thu to Sat 4pm – 7pm
Participants: Merve Bedir & Alican İnal, Suat Öğüt, belit sağ
The prevalent comprehension of (architectural) space tends to focus on (singular) event(s) staged in a certain space. The city, the square, the street, the house, the room of sorts are perceived as spaces where personal, public, and societal relations, such as political struggle, conflict, disagreement, and leisure take place. This kind of comprehension externalizes the relational and the spatial from each other, thus detaches the architectural space from the relations that produce it, or the relations that it produces*. In fact, each such relation produce their (architectural) spatiality, and the architectural space defines the characteristics of these relations. For instance, both the sovereign and the resistance are established and experienced, and transform in a certain space, in accordance with the characteristics of the space**.
This project chases a woman who had neither a very long nor a very deep life. Nazifya Akarsu, died at the age of 35, and left 8 children behind. Her still-living 5 children don’t have much memory about her, and she couldn’t leave too much behind. The only information about her is as following: She is the daughter of a migrant family coming from Kosovo to Turkey in 1923. (more…)
The television channel of ‘SiS’ is employed to bring artist works that use television programme as a form. Television programmes are produced at the set constructed within the exhibition space both before and during the exhibition, contributing to the flow of information during the course. Keeping record of contemporary memory creates a medium that can continue during the exhibition as well.
“In the blink of a bird” is the product of a collaborative work initiated by a group of individuals who pursue the possibilities of collective production, and reflect on the ways and methods of thinking, acting, departing and deciding together. It is an exhibition expanding through invites and participations based on the conceptual and structural basis constructed by Selda Asal, Özgür Atlagan, Fatma Belkıs, Şafak Çatalbaş, Elmas Deniz, Borga Kantürk, Evrim Kavcar, Yasemin Nur, Sevgi Ortaç, Gümüş Özdeş, Gökçe Süvari, and Merve Ünsal. Onur Ceritoğlu & Berk Asal.
In the blink of a bird is an exhibition expanding through invites and participations based on the conceptual and structural basis constructed by Selda Asal, Özgür Atlagan, Fatma Belkıs, Şafak Çatalbaş, Elmas Deniz, Borga Kantürk, Evrim Kavcar, Yasemin Nur, Sevgi Ortaç, Gümüş Özdeş, Gökçe Süvari, and Merve Ünsal. Onur Ceritoğlu & Berk Asal. Current contributors are Ali Miharbi, Artıkişler Collective, Emre Birismen, Atalay Yeni, Azra Deniz Okyay, Bengi Güldoğan, Burak Delier, Ceren Oykut, Didem Erk, Emine Ekinci, Ezgi Kılıçaslan, Florian Wüst, Göksu Kunak, Gülsün Karamustafa, Güneş Terkol, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İrem Tok, İz Öztat, Julia Lazarus, Komet, Lara Ögel, Mehtap Baydu, Merve Kılıçer, Nihan Somay, , Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özlem Şimşek, pad.ma, Sasha Povzner, Sevim Sancaktar, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Yasemin Özcan & Sena Başöz.
Drop City began on a rooftop in Kansas, where two young artists, Gene Bernofsky and Clark Richert, dropped art from their studio onto the street. They wanted to make art a part of everyday life. In 1965, together with Jo Ann Bernofsky and Richard Kallweit, they bought a small piece of land in southern Colorado, and were soon joined by other artists, writers and inventors. (more…)
Experimental duo Fezayafirar appears at Apartment Project Berlin for yet another improvised session, where they will go between drone, polyrhythms, noise and soundscapes, bringing together analog electronics, acoustic and DIY instruments. Frances Sander will accompany the duo with live paintings.
Artists from Istanbul, Izmir, and Mardin have come together in Berlin at Apartment Project in July 2016 for a-month long experience of communal living and production. This marks the beginning of a one-year long process called Mist. Aiming for low visibility and high presence, the artists are considering positions, actions, and presence they can take in response to the accelerating trans–geographic state of exception. (more…)
In unserem ersten Workshop von Mai bis Juli haben wir mit Geflüchteten in der Stadt Villa Global gearbeitet. Gemeinsam mit Schüler*innen der Heinrich-Heine Schule produzierten wir im Juni und Juli ein kollektives Musik-Video. Hier sind ein paar Eindrücke.
The Private Nationalism Project is a series of international art and cultural programs. It has been realized as a collaborative effort among eight institutions from six countries, an international team of art professionals, and several artists from Central-Eastern Europe and beyond. (more…)
As a part of the Transmediale-CTM Vorspiel Festival program, Apartment Project is hosting sesperisi and Daniel Hinojo.
“sesperisi” (by Özgür Erkök Moroder) will perform it’s new electro post-punk songs using a “wild-green” costume, which alludes to the mythical wildman and green man figures in the context of post-apocalyptic stage decoration. (more…)
Using music to connect
This project was conceptualized by Selda Asal with the visual artist Özgur Erkök Moroder in 2015. Its aim was to gain insight into the lives of the people that make up the diverse population of Neukölln. The culmination of this collaborative work is a rap music video, which functions as a mediator to engage the public to share their own stories. (more…)
One of the important streets of Tarlabası, İstanbul is Omer Hayyam street, and Kahya Bey street is an long, narrow road that crosses it. The workshops that form that basis of the exhibition were done with children and the teenagers living in the first 61 meters of this street. (more…)
Während des Workshops werden die TeilnehmerInnen digitale Produktionsmethoden kennenlernen und diese für die Visualisierung ihrer nächtlichen Träume als Bilder, Animationen, Videospiele oder als künstlerische Installationen einsetzen. Die Methoden und Fragestellungen des Workshops sollen den TeilnehmerInnen Reflexionsvermögen und Wissen vermitteln, die den Umgang mit digitalen Bilderfluten erleichtern.
The name of the exhibition “UTOPMINIA” originated from thinking about the initial idea and model (a miniature object – mini) as one of the ways of technical expression. The idea was to present a utopia through a model of a garden, as one of our current possibilities, so that each of as presented their own utopia through the model of a garden. (more…)
Film conceived and produced by the Collective Film Project (KFP)
Collective Film Project (Kolektif Film Projesi, KFP) is a cinema initiative of Apartment Project. KFP was formed as a platform for artists from different backgrounds and working in a variety of media to come together to create new cinematic forms. The project is grounded in a philosophy of collaboration, embracing spontaneity and improvisation. KFP drew inspiration from the tropes and formats of historical genres of film, performance, and literature. (more…)
Phantoms of Gezi
Before and even after, many people died, were killed. Wars still have not ended and never will. Martial law, unjustifiable executions, military governments, femicides… Really, what kept us tethered to life during those periods… How were we watching, what were we seeing? What did we see, were we able to see? Or if we couldn’t see, what was blinding us? Maybe we had gotten used to so many things, we had become hardened. Maybe we had become desensitized watching the “live broadcasts” every night. That was probably why we kept flipping channels, allowing other dreams to carry us away. (more…)
Even my mum can make a book is a travelling fanzine and artists’ book project that was initiated in 2010 in Istanbul by Timothée Huguet, Kristina Kramer and Gamze Özer. Since then the archive of emmcmakeabook has been expanding and shown in different locations. Until now more than 300 people from all over the world have contributed with their publications.
During the exhibition period everybody can join our workshops each saturday from 12.00-19.00 and make their own publication.
Apartment Project- Berlin will turn into an open collaborative project space between 7th-11th May open from 3pm-8 pm.
What do you remember about the earth?
How will you begin?
What is the shape of your body?
How will you live now?
What are the consequences of silence?
What would you say if you could?” (more…)
In the spring of 2012 we made a series of experimental excursions into our city, Berlin. Our idea was to activate the potentials of our urban setting; the blank facades, the busy streets, the characters that comprise what we understand as our city. (more…)
film screening | discussion with invited guests in English language
in cooperation with Marta Ferretti
The film is the visual exploration of a suburban area of Milan, a tinderbox of imaginaries, a combination of resilient practices, a memories’ stratification: Giambellino as an open air political laboratory. Post-vanguard, or better, an inland where to keep on rethinking about the present. Giambellino, Milan. Giambellino, an indefinite place. An outskirt among many others, not particularly worth seeing either for the presence of its social housing blocks or for the determination of its migrants. Not even for its isolation from the rest of the city.
After a little while from the opening of “Everything’s gonna be alright”, on January the 19th, when Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist was murdered, the artists came together on the 20th and started making workshops to protest this event.
Apartment Project is about to launch a new series of workshops in collaboration with Uqbar (Berlin) and EMAA (Nicosia) in 2013.The workshops under the name of bufferzone are a cultural collaboration project within artists and cultural organizations.The project aims to approach the notion “buffer zone” in a broader aspect by including political, cultural transitional, divided and gentrification zones besides the conventional meaning understanding of zonal areas to separate controversial groups and nations. Accordingly the project intends to think about these issues together with the artists, researchers and sociologists.The workshops will be held in Istanbul and Nicosia with the participation of artists from Berlin, Istanbul and Nicosia. The participants have been selected amongst the proposals for the open call organized by Apartment Project and EMAA. (more…)
Re-Locate project aims to address the historical fact of compulsory population exchanges in the Balkan region, which took place between two world wars, changing borders and possibilities to create newer bonds through artistic dialogue. The shared history within the chosen regions; Plovdiv-Bulgaria, Athens-Greece, Skopje-Macedonia and Prishtina-Kosovo, provides a basis to establish a mutual platform to research both about common history and develop a cultural understanding on various levels. (more…)
ROUND TABLE & WORKSHOP | on the challenges of cultural organizations & artists in Arab countries and Germany
→ Deena Abdelwahed: Tunis/Tunesia
→ Dina Kafafy: Townhouse Gallery, Cairo/Egypt
→ Marwa Helmy: Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Cairo/Egypt
→ Mohamed Hussein: Freelance artist, designer and curator, Baghdad/Iraq (more…)
Apartment Project Berlin is a space for collective living, aiming to be a meeting point for international artists towards productions with interdisciplinary approaches. Moving from Istanbul, feeling the urge to come up with new ideas in a new surrounding, geography; the project is trying to take risks, eliminate the great expectations by questioning the notion of success while discontinuously transforming.
KABA HAT was in a residency in Apartment Project between 25 July-6 September 2013. During that period KABA HAT had an exhibition in Institut für Alles Mögliche, participated to the B_tour festival and between 2 September-2 October 2013 Trümmer auf Trümmer (Yığın üstüne yığın) was exhibited in Apartment Project.
Research Station of the Archive
Since 2004 berlinerpool, an artist initiative, structures a cooperative network of artists, curators and art spaces. The mobile physical artists’ archive with 230 artists’ files and online portfolios introduce berlinerpool’s members. (more…)
In reverse order:
The third set will be a performance of tiefgrund4 which lasts 30 minutes. The second set will be less pulse oriented and work with pre-recorded sounds in juxtaposition of seemingly similar equivalents from digital source. I will start the show with a performance of a text that I wrote in 2010, called ABC with a commentary, written according to the structural layout of the original. I will read both the original and the commentary as a lecture performance with music.” (more…)
Duration: 6 hrs.
Collaboration is an ongoing series of performances by Jasmin Schaitl (AT) and William “Bilwa” Costa (US) that explores the correlation between, and the potentials of; transformation, alteration, duration and ephemerality. It combines two practices that incorporate movement, sound, action, materials, objects, the body, and composition. (more…)
Book Launch & Exhibition: Valentina Karga /// 15 Days on Mars
The artist Valentina Karga shares her diaries from her adventures in search of self-sufficiency: What does an urban garden in a European metropolis have to do with a Mars simulation base in the desert in the USA? The two stories recounted in this book unfold in antipodal places and contexts. They have, however, something in common. Self-sufficiency is a field of various interests, from individuals or small communities wanting to be autonomous for economical, ecological or political motives to the military and its desire to conquer new extra-terrestrial territories. (more…)
This misrepresentation continued in the 2007 New Year exhibition, ‘Everything’s gonna be Alright’. For this show, the forty-two participants used Post-its to cover the texts and images already adhered to the walls, ceiling, and floor for the ‘All About Lies’ exhibition. (more…)
Apartment Project, an art initiative producing contemporary art projects since 1999, presents ‘All About Lies’ bringing together work – paintings, drawings, videos and objects by 60 participants from different disciplines to be exhibited in its 23m2 space. (more…)