This residency was the fourth in a series of four curatorial-practice-oriented programmes: three workshops (publications, data, exhibitions) and one residency organised by the Curatorial Lab of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. They explored innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning.

Waschsalon at Opernhaus

The residency programme on exhibiting, publishing and performing explored the staging of architecture sharing and urbanism in contemporary artistic and curatorial practice with an objective to find the most suitable presentation formats for Shared Cities: Creative Momentum (SCCM). The four two-month residencies took place at Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U) in Berlin and were organized by reSITE in collaboration with KUNSTrePUBLIK. These residencies, open to artists, architects, urban activists, curators and visual designers, helped us finalize the SCCM final presentation and final publication (Atlas) concepts, that should be later realized in cooperation with invited international artist(s) and author(s).

Our focus was on how to present this relatively new phenomenon with the maximum use of visual, performative, participative and interactive tools. Another objective was to study similarly innovative publications and visit comparable interactive programs and shows in Berlin, while taking part in on-site encounters with museum curators and cultural managers with an eye on the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum final presentation and publication (Atlas), to be launched in autumn 2019 in Berlin.

Resident #2: Anastasia Eggers and Ottonie von Roeder / NL-RU, DE

Residency#2 Eggers und von Roeder

A design duo working together since their graduation from Design Academy Eindhoven’s Social Design master programme. In their artistic practice, they like to use experimentation, speculation and public interventions to trigger a discussion and attract an audience. Usually, they seek to collaborate with practitioners and theorists from other fields in order to develop and test their ideas. Within the last years, they had the chance to take part in various exhibitions and collaborations with public and private institutions, like museums, galleries, schools and companies. Based in the Netherlands and Germany, Anastasia and Ottonie are working in the field of speculative and critical design, graphic design and cultural education.

Waschsalon. Collective washing in the age of warm water blockchain

“The public bath used to be a space where social classes mixed, exchanging local news in an informal setting, generating gossip that would be a driver of democracy or, being under a dominant regime, sharing secrets in an emancipating space. Apart from the shared experience of collective bathing, it also thematises the sharing of water as a resource, and sharing a space that is designed for that purpose.

Historically, bathing emerged from a collective act into a practical action performed in private, reflecting the loneliness of living in contemporary cities. The establishment of the private bathroom as a separate space in the apartment eliminated first the public bathhouses, and later on, as in the example of Berlin, the shared spaces in between houses where a warm water oven was located and shared among neighbours, contributing to the comfort of having warm water as a part of everyday life, but taking away the value of the bathhouse as a social space. […]

The starting point of the project and the artist residency was on one side the historical and social aspects of collective bathing and on the other side the use and sharing of resources, such as water, energy and space, in the city.”

Find more about the concept development, methodology and results description in the Research Publication

Research Publication

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