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.

Residency#3 Installation 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 #3: Lydia Karagiannaki / GR, BE

Residency#3 Lydia Karagiannaki

Lydia Karagiannaki (1990, Athens) is a Brussels-based architect and urban researcher with an interest in architectural production, consumption and pedagogy. In her work she explores spatial mechanisms of identity (re) construction and (re)presentation, structures of memory and structures of support, the overlapping of the personal and the political, the performativity of the body as a tool for subjectification. Lydia holds a BA from TU Berlin and an MA from KU Leuven/Sint Lucas Brussels. She is currently an artist-in-residency at de Koer in Gent, and the initiator of Publieke_Salon_Public, a community project in Saint Josse, Brussels.


“How to curate a “final exhibition” of a multi-layered four-year research trajectory which is not the end of the project but an opportunity for a new beginning? How to talk about “sharing” without being didactic, but by embodying this sharing in its different formats and expressions? How to understand what “sharing” means for each author and visitor, in terms of values, infrastructures, knowledge and experience? Our aim in this two-month curatorial residency was to re-think the format of the exhibition, beyond the traditional setting where knowledge is transferred from the curator to the visitor, towards a performative experience of exchanging, embodying and producing knowledge through multiple channels. We decided to go beyond the standard ways of exhibiting data and case studies, into more performative and immersive formats. The curatorial research focused on a variety of approaches from art exhibitions, events, performances, theatre productions, design concepts etc., analysing different formats of communication, of connecting the dots, of posing questions, of challenging the audiences and ourselves.

Over the two months of the residency, the curatorial research followed two parallel paths: an analysis of references and case studies, and the interventions during the regular Openhaus events at the ZK/U.”

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

Research Publication

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