Upcoming Events 

Left: Buster Keaton, One Week, 1920 (Film Still); Right: Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting, 1974 (Photograph)

Buster Keaton & The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics Sundy April 30th 

​Eine performative Lesung mit Simon Faithfull


Buster Keaton was one of formative filmmakers of the early 20th Century but is also, arguably, one of the most important sculptor/performance-artists of the last century. Within the worlds Keaton created for the camera, the protagonist (played by Keaton himself) seems always to be pitted against a hostile universe. Everything he builds collapses, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Slapstick as an art-form relies upon our empathy for a character caught in a heroic but pointless battle with Entropy. The artistic inheritors of Keaton's world lies not in film but more in the work of contemporary artists such as Bas Jan Ader, Roman Singer, Robert Smithson and above all else Gordon Matta Clark. Within the lecture 'Buster Keaton & The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics' Faithfull will attempt to explain (for his own enlightenment) the mechanics of entropy and how this force becomes the major protagonist in the work 'Splitting' by of Gordon Matta Clark and the short film 'One Week' by Buster keaton.

Sunday 30 April, 3 p.m.
Entry: 3 Euro / Combined Ticket exhibition and event: 6 Euro

Past Events (Selection)

Elixir Bar with Janet Laurence 

An evening of alchemy and eclectic drinks dedicated to our native flora.
ZKR – Centre for Art and Public Space Schloss Biesdorf invites the public to discover unique tastes and tales with an evening inspired by environmental artist Janet Laurence’s Elixir Bar, first presented at Echigo Tsumari Arts Triennale in Japan.

Visitors enjoy exceptional drinks using local ingredients, specially selected and prepared by Janet Laurence herself. While experiencing the flavour of nature, guests have the chance to gain an insight into her artistic work. Laurence will share impressions of previous Elixir Bars and stimulate an open exchange of individual ideas and sensations.


Thursday 6 April 2017 | 7 p.m.


California Dreaming - L.A. Evening with Martin Kaltwasser

Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Köbberling were living in Los Angeles for one year while discovering smaller and bigger "utopian moments" within the Mega City. 

In the talk, Martin Kaltwasser introduced his projects "Cars into bicycicles" and "Los Angeles Garden" but also discussed the controversial city as source of artistic inspiration. 



Thursday, 12 January 2017 | 7 p.m.


Being a Stranger - Questions of Identity

Artist Talk
 with Nuria Quevedo and Angelika Weißbach

The ZKR regularly presents artist talks, lectures, screenings and performances with experts examining the fields of art and public space. 

The artist Nuria Quevedo considers "being a stranger" as part of her own identity. Quevedo was born in Barcelona 1938, before emigrating to Berlin, the capital of the GDR, as a juvenile. We presented parts of the documentary „Nuria Quevedo – Berlinerin aus Barcelona“ followed by a conversation between Nuria Quevedo and curator Angelika Weißbach (Kunstarchiv Beeskow).


Thursday, 8 December 2016 


Choreography of Landscape - Artist Talk with atelier le balto



We had the pleasure to welcome atelier le balto, a collective of landscape architects and artists, for the artist talk in November. In a short lecture and a following conversation with Katja Aßmann atelier le balto gave insights into their special approach to landscaping and its intersection with dance and philosophy.  

atelier le balto is currently creating the IGA-Campus at IGA Berlin 2017.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 | 7 p.m.