Statement / K67_Urban Router at ZK/U

K67_Urban Router is a mobile platform for urban investigations and actions, currently operating in the indeterminate space of Moabiter Stadtgarten by involving site-specific actors into collective cartographic experience together with international artists, urban researchers and citizens of Moabit.

In attempt to bridge the gap between publicly accessible Moabiter Stadtgarten and newly established cultural institution ZKU (built under different programs and spatial regimes) project K67_Urban Router has been established as communication interface, research node and in-situ archive.

In the period May-Oct 2013, local ‘deep-map’ will be developed, presenting users behaviour, social interactions and conflicts, archiving ephemeral interventions and (re)-communicating historical traces.

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Statement / K67_Urban Router at Platoon Kunsthalle

The k67_Urban Router is a project initiated by ParaArtFormations (Miodrag Kuc) in co-operation with StadtInnenArchitektur (Jan Bovelet). It is a mobile platform for urban investigations and actions, based on an upgraded Yugo kiosk from the 70ies. The k67 has its own WLAN-Intranet which is open, i.e. publicly accessible on the site.

We test out and play with the digital public space. The k67 is a mobile unit that is nomadic in character and Schönhauser Allee in Berlin is our first try.We aim at gathering local opinions and expertise, formulate and express critique of the site’s status quo both in terms of its analog and digital situation, and experiment with technical gadgets the ‘low-tech way.’ The kiosk offers collectively created digital items and invites for participation. It builds up and maintains an offline, local website that is accessible exclusivley on-site from within the k67-intranet.

The Urban Router does not come as a finished product, but as an invitation to collective development. We don’t have the expertise for all the different aspects of its development and we are open for your initiative and knowledge. Thus we will invite experts for technological injections, demonstrations of possibilities, design and upgrading of the site and the material kiosk, talks and discussions, and knowledge transfer of all sorts.

The first aim and intention is to set up a ‘local cloud’ for exchange, local networking, and collective working. We think of a sort of on-going deep mapping of the site and of the local sociosphere, questioning the technological and juridical restrictions in the relations between digital media and the city, and engage temporarly in the production of the socio-spatial configuration of the site.