Kiez Hören Moabit

Aug-Sep 2013, Moabit City Garden

Kiez Hören Moabit (Hearing the Kiez of Moabit) is a long-term research project in collaboration with sound-artists Guillermo Lares and Klaus Hamlescher, with an aim to describe and archive transformation of district Moabit using the sound as primary media. By introducing sound-cartography, sound-walks and sound-performances, Moabit City Garden has been turn into the hearing station with diverse audience, spatial characteristics and climate conditions.

3 main events showed multilayered sound condition of this particular space at the border of calm Kiez and heavy industry.


Collective Mapping Walk  (part of B_Tour Festival)  tried to re-communicate tour as artistic strategy and involve participants into collective analysis of the location characteristics.


Second walk focused on multi-scalar characteristic of sound, sound-panoramas and sound-section of the location.


Finally, performative potential of the sound explorations has been presented by giving audience props to ‘design’ their own soundscapes.


10 2013

Exhibition ‘People’s (Re)public’_by Cleaner Art Space

July 25th – August 30th, photo/postcards exhibition by Cleaner Art Space (Gallery on Critical Urbanism)

Summer, Sun, Holidays…What about sending some postcards? Our guests from Shanghai present serial of ‘critical postcards’, catching particular moments of urban informalities in the contemporary Chinese urban development.

‘People’s (Re)public’ focus at the specific urban condition of ‘appropriation’. It often balances in between the formal and informal but is not limited to this. The topic investigates people’s appropriation of space to a use not intended by its preliminary design or planning.

The exhibition questions the modern ‘planned city’ in regard of who is actually animating urban space. Is it architects, planners, lawmakers, investors, or the inhabitants and users them selves? A number of examples show the city from a use occurring by its inhabitants. A use that from a design point was likely not planned.

Focus is on people’s own appropriations of spaces and public facilities around them that due to shortcomings, or simply because another use than intended is more popular or necessary, have made use for alternate activities.


10 2013

LOCAL MAPPING_Urban Prothesis_by Miryana Todorova

Saturday, June 8th, Temporary Installation/ Performative Actions

The project ‘Movable Architecture’ by Miryana Todorova lands at ZK/U and adapts as a parasite structure to the K67_Urban Router. The bond between the two types of temporary structures generates an unstable lapse of time, like a Utopian Experiment in Flight. Visitors to the site are given the possibility to play with the structures, connect to them with extra bondages and belts, become part of them, wear and fully operate them as a mapping vehicle in search for transformation.

Side project of the exhibition Subterranean Echoes, group-show in conjunction with ORTSTERMIN 2013 

Photos by Miryana Todorova


06 2013

Made in Omnitopia_Meaningful interaction without words

Last week we hosted performance Made in Omnitopia, work of Paula Marie Hildebrandt and Natalie Fari.

The concept of Omnitopia, originally coined by American scholar Andrew Wood, provided a theoretical starting point and practical framework for the performance project Made In Omnitopia-Berlin 2013, serious of performative interactions without words.

After testing their concept inside Fitness Centre, Mall and Wireless bubble, two artists decided to incorporate Kiosk-situation into series of performances to document the process through which places become Omnitopia.

Photos > Michaela Muchina 


06 2013

LOCAL MAPPING_Moabit Citygarden_Mapping MPA-B 2013

In attempt to create ‘deep map’ of Moabiter Stadtgarten, we have a chance to map ephemeral present of 7 looped performances during the Month of Performance Art 2013.

Curated by Atelier Obra Viva, this collective appropriation of the public park (and to a certain extent ZKU building) produced many unexpected interactions and erased the line between spectator and performer.

Mapping process focused on two socio-spatial relations of the artist and park; initially as a site-responsive interpretation of existing ‘over-designed’ space and finally as a part of collective-body (that includes audience) during the group slow-walks.


05 2013

Wärmehalle_session 2_Objective Dialogues with Grenzen-Los!

Build on the initial workshop Hör zu! in which Objective Dialogues methodology has been introduced to the group of young theatre players from JTB/Grenzen-Los!, our second workshop focused on the cultural objects from Moabit. They have been used as a triggers to speculate about real and fictional history of the districts, as a relational elements in creating the dramaturgy and above all as an activated props inside 3-minute pieces we developed on site.

Our final piece will be presented this summer at ZKU and later in october in FESTIWALLA at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.


04 2013

LOCAL MAPPING_Moabitours_(re)discovering local knowledge

Structural change in Moabit, with strong shift in micro-economic dynamics, left many ground-floor shops either vacant or in the danger of expulsion. This situation is rapidly changing ‘street-culture’ of the district, bringing into life sterile shopping possibilities, less interaction between citizens and further social fragmentations. On the other hand, local shops with particular knowledge forms and non-commercial purpose have difficulties to justify their presence in competitive (real-estate driven) situation.

Together with our friends from Stadtgeschichten, we are trying to develop communication strategies in order to introduce new forms of ‘local proud’. Once famous entrepreneurial district of Moabit , where innovation has long tradition, could re-discover its cultural identity based on industrial heritage and citizen’s diversity.

We are planning didactic-tours based on exchange of ideas, skills and cultural objects. Stay tuned !



04 2013

LOCAL MAPPING_ZKU park soundscapes_session 1

Continuing with the Local Mapping format with our friends Guille and Klaus from Sound Studies (UDK), we will explore the soundscapes of the public park around ZKU, going beyond traditional cartography and searching for hidden layers of our deep-map.

In the first session we tried to locate prevailing sounds from outside of the park that create strong feeling of periphery (Port crane, Railway, Industrial sounds, etc.), recording them both at the park and at the source. By doing so, specific points of ‘sounds-interaction’ have been discovered at the park and some physically distanced sound has been considered as integrative part of the local soundscape.


03 2013

Wärmehalle_session 1_Hosting Grenzen-Los! initiative

Our first format at ZK/U location Wärmehalle (Heated-Hall), imagined as a series of dialogues and interviews inside the warmed kiosk, hosted local initiative Grenzen-Los! , organization dedicated to political education of youth through theatrical expression.

Wärmehalle is reference to historically relevant but almost forgotten cultural phenomenon of shared heated spaces. At the beginning of 20th century, facing rather poor housing conditions and significant amount of homeless people, Berlin authorities decided to provide collective spaces in which anybody can hang-out with the cup of coffee and newspapers (of course for free). More than just solidarity act and social space for many citizens in the winter time, Wärmehalle became place of micro-exchanges and social interaction.

With the central question What is the Wärmehalle of today? we will host local initiatives, social entrepreneurs and heroes from Moabit in order to discuss modalities of social cohesion, novel knowledge-exchange formats and current social turbulence caused by real-estate pressure.

After chat with the Grenzen-Los ! we decided to make together a theatre-piece that is going to be performed around the kiosk this summer.


03 2013

Our new location: Centre for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U)

Situated in a former railway depot, Centre for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) is a venue offering artistic and research residencies at the intersection of urban studies, humanities, artistic interventionist, anthropology and geography. ZK/U seeks to develop projects, co-produce knowledge and share values created through exchanges.

Our focus will be on establishing interface between newly landscaped public park and ZK/U itself, inviting artists, locals and external guests to develop novel cultural formats and knowledge-exchange models.

Sound-cartography, objects/artifacts-driven ethnographical research, performative-planning and urban games are just some of the topic we are preparing for this spring-summer.

Stay tuned !


03 2013

Bye Bye PLATOON, welcome ZK/U

New Location. New Topic/Focus. New Socio-Spatial conditions we found. Randstadt.

Thanks Platoon for hosting us !


03 2013

LOCAL MAPPING_sound maps of the kiosk-cloud_session 4

Second part of the soundscapes-mapping was devoted to the spatial characteristics of the kiosk-cloud by catching ambient sounds at specific spots (this time with 4 microphones /360°), but also repeating two very different sounds (trumpet/wooden sticks).

Final sound-maps has been thematically grouped as: sounds made by nature itself, machine-like sounds produced by people (local), machine-like sounds from unknown source/direction and sounds made by people itself (inside the cloud).

Two main cloud-sections has been also mapped and presented as rhythmic sequences, giving possibility for a short sound-journey.

Hear it here >  claves 1357   /  horn calle


10 2012

JUKEBOX_CuratingYouTube.net_session 3

As a part of the series Jukebox, we had a chance to host (CYT) that explores Web 2.0 phenomena on example of YouTube. Using special curatorial grid as a tool for selection, CYT presented topic ‘StreetSounds’ mixing variety of street musicians, road-movies and political protests.

Results will be packed on our offline-server in the form of a short video that shows principle beside CYT but also serves as a tutorial for future home-use.


10 2012

LOCAL MAPPING_soundscapes of the kiosk-cloud_session 3

Invisible features of our kiosk-cloud have been analyzed through observations of the soundscape.

We hosted Guillermo Lares, sound designer and researcher at the Sound Studies (UDK, Berlin), who showed us at first ‘how to listen’, but also how to deconstruct complex noise using the spatial qualities of the given spot. After introduction we did sort of section through location, measuring sounds embedded in particular spatial situations (barriers, doubling, material reflections, nature itself, etc.). Moving in-between marked spots also showed transition characteristics such as fading out/in or micro-sounds.

Results will be presented in the form of advanced audio-guide and put soon at our offline-server accessible only on site.

Next soundscapes-session is scheduled for 2nd of October (2pm) when we are going to produce and repeat sounds through diverse spatial conditions in order to measure resonance of the kiosk-cloud.


09 2012

LOCAL MAPPING_Topography of Typography_session 2

Mapping diversity of typography inside the Kiosk-cloud brought unpredictable outcomes.

First of all, it is almost impossible to catch all typo-styles, even in such a small geographical area. Secondly, by creating different categories (Adds, Corporative logos, Tags, Graffiti, etc.) we noticed certain accumulations and factors beside. Lastly, we developed quite interesting game in which participants have to create haiku-poetry (out of collected words) and place it on the map tracing the word order.

Some highlights :

> Caviar für jedermann. 7 tage nix arbeiten geht aux. Easy Life !

> Dies ist Crazy East under Biodroge. Allet Keule !

> Piss on Disco without limits. F..K the Police makes life easier.



09 2012


Last Friday we have Brazilian couple enjoying rainy night inside Kinoautomat. Here are some impressions>

“The experience of watching a film in KINOAUTOMAT, the smallest cinema in Berlin (and probably in the entire world), was very interesting. However the space is sufficient, but I suppose that it would be also possible to “expand” the cinema into a “3 places room” if necessary… So, although this is the smallest cinema ever, it has a lot of space inside. The Kiosk is very comfortable for two.

I went there with my girlfriend, and we watched a Serbian-German-Hungarian co-production (2007) called The Trap (original title: Klopka). The movie was fair, but that is not important at all. The experience itself was so nice, that the quality of the movie was a minor question. During the session in the cozy Kiosk, some strangers passed by to watch what was happening and why KINOAUTOMAT sign (light box) was on. I can imagine they were thinking what we are doing our private cinema theatre. Some people came closer, maybe to see which was the screening movie or to understand what was all about. For me, who am a cinephile, and from that perspective, the whole experience is mainly about loving movies. Or more than that, it’s about loving watching movies in a theater! Of course, it has many other characteristics: about the question of the space, and all the urban aspects that KINOAUTOMAT can bring intervention in public space. But in my romantically cinephile point of view, I prefer to feel and think the KINOAUTOMAT experience as a new possibility for film exhibition, aggregating the full of street life atmosphere and the magic and charm of a micro-cinema. 

I believe some movies could perfectly fit to the KINOAUTOMAT format: old classics in black and white, some thrillers and (why not?) horror movies. That would be cool.” (Pedro)

“My experience watching a movie in Kinoautomat was unique. To sit in a vintage kiosk situated in the middle of a cultural area in Berlin was by itself funny. To watch a movie in this smallest cinema in the world (just for 2) was something new and full of details for me. Being in this place made the movie going out of the screen and come to the street-life. It was almost like an open-air movie where you can see the sky behind the screen, but there you can see people, movement and nightlife. And this life comes to you many times – people approach to see what is happening inside the place. It’s somehow uncomfortable and funny the presence of the bystanders at the movie session. Uncomfortable because it’s something you’re not used to when you are in a cinema, so it’s something new, and funny because I can imagine a lot of questions people have in their mind when passing by: “What’s that? Why are they just two? Which movie is this? Can I watch it with them from outside?” (Sissi)


09 2012

LOCAL MAPPING_Making-Visible the Kiosk-Cloud_session 1

Our new format, in which people collectively map invisible features of the Kiosk-Cloud, has started with basic measurements of the cloud topography.

With different mobile devices and colourful chalks we managed to get outline of the future observation area, marking it also in the public sphere.

In the following weeks this will be the local area for advanced micro-cartography, with an aim to produce so-called ‘‘deep-map’’, accumulation of diverse category-based maps, hidden features and bizarre figures.

Join us every Tuesday at 5pm or apply through our Contact Form.


09 2012

JUKEBOX_learning by doing_session 2

Second Jukebox session brought interesting discussion about anonymous user privileges inside our Kiosk-Cloud.

After building carefully file management structure, one wrong ‘delete-push’ erase entire jukebox folder. After initial shock we uploaded again fresh music and played it even louder but decided to change somehow privileges for the external user.

On the other hand, vulnerability of open-networks made us thinking about solutions beyond censorship and exclusion.

Join us Wednesdays after 5pm for another Jukebox session.


08 2012


Last session of Kinoautomat hosted Juan and Matthias, randomly chosen from the pool of candidates. They watched Argentinean movie B.Aires-Solo por Hoy (2001). Check out what they said:

‘’Watching a movie in the smallest Kino in Berlin was an interesting experience, yet the size of the space was not the only remarkable aspect of the event. The facts that the walls enclosing the kiosk are completely transparent enable people from outside to peep in, thus making you feel like you are in a fish tank. Even if nobody is looking or even walking by you are still tempted to take a quick glance over your shoulder from time to time. Another feature that I think is worth mentioning is the possibility to make quick comments about the movie without having to worry about disturbing anybody else which is something you can only usually enjoy at home. Overall, watching a movie in such a setting was a good experience and I look forward to the next Kino night.’’ (Juan)

‘’Beside unusual setting and quite diverse movies selection, the most interesting thing was getting to know temporary movie-mate. That experience, different than in conventional cinema, gives possibility to comment together, to chat over boring scenes, to get a beer after cinema. I have been lucky that from very beginning my cine-mate and me get into ‘home atmosphere’, meaning putting legs on the table, eating popcorns and stopping movie to go to toilet. And just to remind you, all this in the public space in the centre of Berlin. Hard to believe! ‘’  (Matthias)


08 2012

JUKEBOX_play your music in public_session 1

Do you remember the old school Jukebox that gave the unique opportunity to play your favourite songs in hotels, clubs and video arcades. Nowadays, Jukeboxes lost the battle with the over-individualized music services and devices.

But what would happen if we would place Jukebox principle in public space and anybody could play its song from the mobile device using K67_Urban Router’s offline-cloud?

Yesterday, we invited random pedestrians to contribute with top song(s) of the day, which became part of a playlist downloadable only at the kiosk.

JUKEBOX is completely run by Raspberry-Pi (credit-card sized Linux computer, $25)

Come and pick-up some music !


08 2012