From May to December 2019, STATISTA will be testing whether working in the spirit of the Commons is an option today, even within the context of city development. With the aid of ten distinct playing fields, STATISTA will generate artistic prototypes for a civil society built on collective principles.
Temporary usage, in this case, does not lead to gentrification, but to a form of urban renewal that is to the benefit of all. A Statecraft of the future.
Due to their complex forms of organization, bees have been metonyms for social politics ever since antiquity; even Aristotle described them as “state-forming”, political animals. Today, bees are facing a decimated biodiversity, throbbing within a cornucopia of pesticidal infection, globalized parasites and superindustrialised agriculture. Against this backdrop, the Beecoin-project assembles human and non-human actors in a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), with the purpose of caring for bees and their environment. Bee colonies armed with sensors can testify to their own tireless and often unseen reproductive labor. Data becomes the foundation for a crypto-economic system (re)distributing resources. And small individual contributions now ripple into larger collective areas of impact.
BeeCoin is a cooperation between The Hiveeyes Project (Clemens Gruber, Karsten Harazim), KUNSTrePUBLIK (Harry Sachs, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst), Moabees (Bärbel Rothaar, Elisa Dierson, Katja Marie Voigt) und Nascent (Max Hampshire, Paul Seidler).
The DAO was collaboratively developed by The Hiveeyes Project, Nascent and KUNSTrePUBLIK.
The "Sensing Bees" Workhsops are conducted by Moabees.
An experimental framework allows Labor K3000 to pursue solutions for revitalizing the HdS House A façade, allowing for a plurality of usages, from the perspective of multiple species, beyond humans alone. Animals as spatial producers and urban actors are the topic of Labor K3000’s conversations with experts in nature conservation, biology, architecture, construction, and urban development, featuring in a documentary film due to premiere in autumn 2019.
The project title is a reference to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous house, Fallingwater, which, while designed to make the most of its dramatic natural setting, actually preferred to ignore interspecies relationships.
A project by Labor k3000 (Brian Karp, Leonard Lesch, Peter Spillmann, Kolja Vennewald, Marion von Osten und Franziska Zahl).
Musterhaus of Statistics
A former bumper car facility is designated the “People’s Own Society Motor” (VEGB, in German, plays on the acronym for production companies in the former GDR)—a self-built, self-run, and multifunctional community setting.
The new city and domestic furnishings put the stamp of collective authorship on public space: from the expanded living room to the district workshop, from a retirees’ ballroom to a hip-hop temple, from a marketplace to a skater parcours.
Regularly at Musterhaus: dance worskshop with Ini Dill (each Thursday 7–9 pm), Joga with Sun Seeker e.V. (16 Sept / 30 Sept, 7–8:15 pm), film evenings, political and neighbourhood discussions. Current information under "Programme".
A project by openBerlin (Johanna Claus, Konrad Braun, Rocco Zühlke) und KUNSTrePUBLIK (Harry Sachs, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst)
With its rooftop signage ‘ALLESANDERSPLATZ’ (AltogetherDifferent Square), STATISTA voices the HdS demand for a new kind of city setting.
By virtue of the HdS experiment, the ongoing redevelopment of Alexanderplatz is called into question: is the master plan that has been pursued for two decades now truly sustainable? Can an urban space which stands at the very core of future developments be defined merely by the optimal placement of high-rises, without any clear investment in diversity or inclusivity?
The HdS is where the master plan for Alexanderplatz is defined anew. How to send signals that help consolidate the neighborhood community? Which parameters must an „Allesandersplatz“ embody for today’s utopias to become tomorrow’s realities?
A project by KUNSTrePUBLIK (Harry Sachs, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst)
Voices.Stimmen – first recording
raumlaborberlin launched the Statistics Choir under the direction of Bernadette La Hengst.
It welcomes anyone in the neighborhood (or further flung parts of Berlin) who likes to sing. The choir is an artistic medium that literally gives voice to the processes of change underway at the HdS and, at the same time, offers a novel way to address urban issues such as rent raises and tenant displacement. Work will begin early summer, on a spatial structure that both underscores the fragile relations between the choir and the general public, and counters the raw atmosphere of the HdS construction site with microcosmic spatial situations.
Last rehearsal: Wednesday, 4 Sept, 6–8 pm.
Performances during STATISTA presentation week: 11 & 13 September, 7 pm.
A project by raumlaborberlin (Andrea Hofmann, Frauke Gerstenberg, Markus Bader) and Bernadette La Hengst.
City pigeons have lost their connotation as a symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit in the course of modernity. The commonplace "Ratten der Lüfte" (rats of the air) is more valid than ever, but today it is less about pathogens than about the cityscape: pigeons are considered a flying devaluation. The pigeons of the House of Statistics probably live in Europe's largest pigeon loft. With the reconstruction of the house they are forced to give up their dwelling.
KUNSTrePUBLIK, in cooperation with the animal protection commissioner, builds a prototype monument, a retreat and a site-specific sculpture: a Pigeon Tower at the HdS gives prominent visibility and a functional habitat. It is constructed in such a way that nesting boxes are attached to a flagpole by a chain hoist and can be lowered for feeding in order to be cared for on a long-term basis in cooperation with city pigeon associations.
A project by KUNSTrePUBLIK (Harry Sachs, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst)
Unser Leben 2020
printed PVC banner
Ever since the 1960s, Walter Womacka has marked Alexanderplatz like no other artist. Womacka authored the Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft (“Fountain of Friendship”, 1970) and the copper relief Mensch und Raum (“Man and Space”, 1971), as well as Unser Leben (“Our Life”, 1964), a gigantic frieze marking the “House of Teaching” facing the HdS – still the largest artwork in Europe. Unser Leben 2020, by Sandy Kaltenborn (image-shift) & Steffen Schuhmann (anschlaege.de), is a reference to Womacka’s GDR frieze: a vision of the future as monumental display. The new rendition is based, however, on a prolonged engagement with the wider HdS network of neighbors, organizers, cultural workers. An attempt at a collective position on neighborhood developments such as the Kollhoff Plan for Alexanderplatz, perhaps the most controversial example of city development in Berlin. The plan is already being sporadically implemented. Can a new city center realistically be based on the sheer logic of property development, urban competition and skyline aesthetics, without any thought for access, content, sustainability and the Common Good?
The STATISTA Presentation Week culminates in an international conference featuring collectives working in a comparable spirit of bottom-up development: Campus in Camps, CATPC (Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise), Chto Delat, ExRotaprint, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, MACAO, Nachbarschaftsakademie Prinzessinnengärten, PlanBude, and ruangrupa. Discussions revolve around long-term prospects for artistic-participatory interventions in public space as well as specific neighbourhoods. How can an initially artistic gesture be transformed into a long-term perspective?
13 SEP, 10–21 Uhr / 10 am–9pm
Workshops mit / with Campus in Camps, CATPC, MACAO
14 SEP, 10–13 Uhr / 10 am–1 pm
Workshop mit / with Nachbarschaftsakademie Prinzessinnengärten
14 SEP, 14—18 Uhr / 2—6pm
Präsentationen von / Presentations by Campus in Camps, Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, ExRotaprint, MACAO
19–21:30 Uhr / 7–9:30 pm
Abendworkshop mit / evening workshop with PlanBude
15 SEP, 10–13 Uhr / 10 am–1 pm
Spaziergang mit / walking tour with ExRotaprint
15 SEP, 14—18 Uhr / 2—6pm
Präsentationen von / Presentations by Chto Delat, Nachbarschaftsakademie Prinzessinnengärten, PlanBude, ruangrupa, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
Ab 19 Uhr / from 7 pm
Abschlussrunde / concluding session
16 SEP, 10–21 Uhr / 10 am–9pm
Workshops mit / with Chto Delat, Sakakini Cultural Center, ruangrupa
On view until 6 October at Haus A.
Opening hours: Thursday till Sunday, 1 PM – 7 PM, with a free guided tour at 7 pm.
While the work of a dozen contributors is located across the HdS site, nine more collectives exhibit their materials in the HdS Documentation Room.
Together with the STATISTA conference 13-16 September, this documentation offers a transnational snapshot of collective practices in Palestine, Jakarta, Berlin and beyond. It includes fanzines, manifestos, books, art, relics, footage, merchandise, pralines, press and propaganda. In the spirit of the HdS initiative, materials of the building itself are reused in a functional manner, and onetime office doors are now modular display elements.
A tenth initiative featured here is the HdS itself. The host venue clarifies our common objectives: collectively owned infrastructures allowing for the redistribution of cultural and financial resources.
Hier entstehen Beiträge von Studierenden der Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) & Institut Kunst im Kontext – Universität der Künste Berlin. Thematischer Schwerpunkt: „Verstetigung als künstlerischer und stadtpolitischer Prozess“. Dies in Form von einem Glossar, Interviews, FAQs, (Miss-)Erfolgsszenarien u.a.m. ...