Upcoming Events 


Exhibition Opening: Tracing Utopia

A journey through utopian Thinking in a two-part Exhibition of young sino-german Curators


A Collaboration with the Institute for Arts and Media Administration of Freie Universität Berlin and Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing 

Six young chinese and german curators stage a joint exhibition of young artistic positions dealing with “Utopia” at ZKR and its Park. Over three weeks, the teams research and explore the current status of curatorial practice and artistic development on the basis of the two large-scale exhibitions documenta in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte in Münster. Afterwards, they will present the two-part exhibition “Tracing Utopia” at Starke Foundation in Berlin-Grunewald as well as at Schlosspark Biesdorf. As a practical reflection the exhibition opens up approaches towards utopian thinking in matters of space and time from multiple perspectives.

Exhibition Opening Tracing Utopia
Thursday 06 Juli 2017 | 6-9 pm
Schlosspark Biesdorf
Free entry



Lecture: Arch+ features Between Spaces

A lecture by Mark Wigley about Anarchitecture by Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitecture, 1974, Installation view at ZKR, Photo: Frank Sperling
Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitecture, 1974, Installation view at ZKR, Photo: Frank Sperling
Sunday 16 July 2017 | 3 pm
Free entry



Artist Talk: Fading Architectures

Talk with Isa Melsheimer on August 10 th 2017

Kallmorgen, Kaispeicher A, Instalallation view at ZKR, Photo: Frank Sperling
Kallmorgen, Kaispeicher A, Instalallation view at ZKR, Photo: Frank Sperling
Thursday 10 August 2017 | 6.30 pm
Entry: 3 Euro
Combined Ticket Artist Talk and Exhibition: 6 Euro




Long Night of Museums:  ANSPIEL

A look behind the scenes with the artist Seraphina Lenz on August 19th 2017

ANSPIEL - rehearsal with Seraphina Lenz, 2017, ZKR, Photo: Serapina Lenz
ANSPIEL - rehearsal with Seraphina Lenz, 2017, ZKR, Photo: Serapina Lenz
Saturday 19 August 2017 | 6 pm – 2am  
Entry only with ticket of the Long Night of Museums


Past Events (Selection)

 Performance: Schwarze Kanäle (Black Channels)

With artist and professor Else Gabriel and students of the Weißensee Art School Berlin
on June 10th 2017

A performance inspired by GDR propaganda, "Chinese whispers" and water pipes of Schloss Biesdorf.


Dinner Discourse: FOOD 2017 - A Reflection on Gordon Matta-Clark with raumlaborberlin 

with raumlaborberlin and Students of the University of Arts Berlin on June 1st 2017

Cooking as "space giving" performance featuring guest chefs and speakers of the UdK Berlin - among them the architect and artist Marjetica Potrč as well as the Berlin based artist duo Various & Gould. 

About raumlaborberlin: Founded in 1999, raumlabor is a group of eight trained architects who work together in a collaborative network. Based in Berlin, they work at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention, incorporating local actors and external experts.

 Artist Talk: The Soweto Project – or how we became irrelevant

With Marjetica Potrč and Christian Hiller on May 20th 2017

Matjetica Potrc: Ubuntu Park All rights reserved by Radoš Vujaklija
Matjetica Potrc: Ubuntu Park All rights reserved by Radoš Vujaklija
Soweto is a township of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. Formerly a separate municipality, it became a symbol for the resistance against apartheid with the "Soweto Uprising" in 1976.
"The Soweto Project" is a participatory project by Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč and students of the Design for the Living World class (University of Fine Arts/HFBK, Hamburg, Germany). During the long-term residency in spring 2014, the local residents and students turned a formerly vacant public space that had been used as a dumping ground into a community-organized public space called "Ubuntu Park". In doing so a public space mirroring state-controlled racial segregation for a long time was collectively formed and organized.
During our artist talk  "The Soweto Project – or how we became irrelevant" Marjetica Potrč will introduce the project together with HFBK students Nuriye Tohermes und Finn Brüggemann on the occasion of the exhibition Between Spaces at ZKR.

The talk will be moderated by Christian Hiller and will be held in English.

About the Artist:
Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and in Berlin. Her interdisciplinary practice includes on-site projects, research, architectural case studies, and series of drawings. Her work documents and interprets contemporary architectural practices and the ways people live together.

Lecture Performance: Buster Keaton & The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics 

A Lecture with Simon Faithfull  on April 30th 2017

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


Tasting: Elixir Bar 

with Janet Laurence on April 6th 2017

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.


Artist Talk: California Dreaming

L.A. Evening with Martin Kaltwasser on January 12th 2017

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. 



Artist Talk: Choreography of Landscape

 with atelier le balto on November 17th 2016

atelierlebalto_campuskademie_zkr-1024x677We 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.