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Berlin Unlimited is a project by Urban Transcripts, collagelab and Guerilla Architects.

Berlin, dein Gesicht hat Sommersprossen, Berlin, your face has freckles;

the title of the song from Hildegard Knef from 1966 depicts—25 years after the fall of the wall and almost 70 years after the last war— the outcome of an era of disruption for the city. Along the 20th century Berlin revealed an extraordinary dynamism in response to exceptional circumstances, themselves brought about by a remarkable succession of geo-political events and historical shifts; at different times within the century the city on the river Spree became a capital of the avant-garde, bohemia, social reform, despair, destruction, division, reconciliation, unity, hope, opportunity... The freckles of Berlin trace this constant social and spatial transformation, an urban fabric and its social structure being re-placed, erased, re-organised, over and over again.

For long divided into two

by the spatial and political frontier between the world’s two dominant ideologies at the time, Berlin has in these last 25 years been stitching back its halves. Still, if “one divides into two, two doesn’t merge into one”. By removing the wall entire neighbourhoods in the former suburbs of former West and East Berlin have been transposed onto the present centre of a new Berlin. A unique situation arose where an abundance of otherwise neglected and forgotten spaces were suddenly located at the heart of the new city, available to all kinds of old and new occupants—home-buyers and tenants, residential and commercial developers, companies and investors— pointing to Berlin as the city of newly born ambitions and opportunities. And while this radical regeneration of the inner-city is on its way, progressively filling the gaps and re- appropriating history’s left-overs, the expansion of the greater urban territory stretches Berlin’s self-defining limits. Is a “Great Berlin” replacing the neatly delimited ‘island’ of the past ?

Everything is possible

The unbridled capital, Berlin holds a reputation of a city where everything is possible, where its own scars and voids become a playground for creativity and experimentation for everything from the arts to politics and from architecture to philosophy; a carte blanche of unlimited possibilities. What are the potentialities of this new Berlin and what are the roles and the rules in its new urban play? What future visions are replacing the ideologies of the past? Have its inhabitants found the freedom they were looking for or is an idealised representation disguising much more complex and sometimes conflicting urban realities?

Berlin Unlimited aims to bring together an interdisciplinary collection of work in the arts and creative media, architecture and urban design, theory and research, that reveal, reflect on, challenge, and reform, the limits and the limitations of the city; in its past, present, and future, is berlin limited, unlimited,(un)limited ... ?


Berlin Unlimited will take place in the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U - Siemensstraße 27) and around the city from the 3 Oct. 14 - 24th anniversary of the German reunification - to the 10 Oct. 14.

SYMPOSIUM
EXHIBITION
WORKSHOP
URBAN DEBATES + FILM SCREENING
GUIDED TOURS + URBAN EXPLORATIONS
PERFORMANCES
CREATIVE CATERING
UNLIMITED PARTY



Download the full festival programme.

Friday, 03 Oct. 14

10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 5
19:00 Festival and Exhibition Opening + Vernissage

Saturday, 04 Oct. 14

Symposium
09:00 START
09:15 #TIME
10:45 #GROUND
12:15 #MONEY
13:30 Creative Catering
14:30 #POWER
16:00 #WALLS
17:30 #BODY

20:00 Performance "Walls"
22:00 PARTY

Sunday, 05.Oct. 14

10:00 - 19:00 Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED
14:00 Guided Tour Residual City
20:00 Urban Debate + Film Screening #Power

Monday, 06 Oct. 14

10:00 - 19:00 Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED
10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 6
20:00 Urban Debate + Film Screening Berlin Futures, Now and Then

Tuesday, 07 Oct. 14

10:00 - 19:00 Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED
10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 7
20:00 Urban Debate + Film Screening Migrations

Wednesday, 08 Oct. 14

10:00 - 19:00 Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED
10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 8
20:00 Urban Debate + Film ScreeningTresor: Off the Beaten Track

Thursday, 09 Oct. 14

10:00 - 19:00 Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED
10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 9
19:00 Finissage Exhibition BERLIN UNLIMITED / Unlimited On Sale

Friday, 10 Oct. 14

10:00 Guided Tour Grenzgang DAY 10
10:00 Guided Tour Autobahn'strip
14:00 Guided Tour Low Tech Tools to Action of Urban Art
16:00 Guided Tour Restricted Areas











SYMPOSIUM // ZK/U //
04 Oct. 14 // 09:00


#TIME // 9:15

about history, future and memory, about rhythms and temporalities, about reminiscence and oblivion

+ Anna Kostreva // The morphology of Walls
+ Laure Catugier // Tent + Keystone
+ Christiane Wirth // Berlin
+ Doris Ahlgrimm + Manuel Ahnemüller // TIME
+ Christina Shivers // Creating an understanding of a place through the use of Cinema

#GROUND // 10:45

about territory, horizontality, urban sprawl and suburbian conditions, about movement, about public spaces and their possible uses

+ Celina Kress // Urban grounds 1914-2014
+ Léa Donguy + Jens Denissen // Grenzgang
+ Narcelio Grud // Low tech tools and structures to actions of Urban Art
+ Julie Biron + Barbara Witt + Juliane Jäger // Move the border
+ Rosanne Schmidt // Traces











#MONEY // 12:15

about economy in the neoliberal city, about the "free" berlin, about architecture in the making and the production of culture, about alternative currencies and Berlin economic innovations

+ Valeria Schwarz // Bicyclope: production of culture and energy (tbd.)
+ Taina Guedes + Lenara Verle // Open source (food) design
+ Thomas Le Bas, Fiona McDermott, Nayelli Zimmermann, Anna Richter, Jenny Baese, Hanna Hilbrandt // The gutters are filled with gold
+ Astrid Bornheim, Julia Gill // Checkpoint Charlie Souvenir

#MONEY // 13:30

creative catering

+ Open source lunch with Taina Guedes and Lenara Verle (in collaboration with Entretempo Kitchen Gallery)

#POWER // 14:30

about politics, law and transgression, about participative planning, democracy and how the city works

+ Markus Bader (raumlabor) // Tempelhof & Democracy (tbd.)
+ Urbego + Blok74: M. Ivkovic, K. Fischer, F. Strenge, T. Honeck, S. Singh // Urban Games and Strategies
+ ISSS research // Urban Crisis, generator of the informal city? - Berlin Stadtschaum
+ Orla Brennan, Aileen Iverson // Urban totems
+ Frauke Hehl // 4 years of pioneer projects in Tempelhofer Freiheit - a part of urban development?











#WALLS // 16:00

about physical boundaries, verticality, the built environment and the Wall

+ Robert K. Huber, zukunftsgeraeusche // Material.Message.Action.Value
+ Valentin Cordebar + Camille Salomon // m3 AVUS
+ Borgman + Lenk // Luftschloss
+ Julia Gill + Carola Ebert + Susanne Stahl // Atlas ex- zentrischer Normalität. Wohnen am Rande der Stadt
+ Chien Wong // The inverted Type

#BODY // 17:30

about isolation, interaction and the city as a body. about dance, theater, and performances in the urban fabric

+ Gabi Schillig // Mediating realities: "On Magnetizing Space"
+ Rennie Tang // Residual City
+ Irina Ilieva + Ishka Michocka // Urban Embrace#2
+ Mark Warren // The Orchestrated City



All panels will be followed by a moderated discussion.



















PERFORMANCES


WALLS

#BODY // 04 OCT. 14 // 20:00 // 15"

+ Anna Kostreva, Tarren Johnson, Natalia Sooklas / Walls: A multimedia performance piece based around the book Berlin: A morphology of walls by Anna Kostreva. Sculpture, projected film, movement and music are used to build an architecturally driven composition which abstractly illustrates the morphological evolution of the city.
ZK/U (BASEMENT) // FREE











URBAN DEBATES + FILM SCREENINGS


BERLIN FUTURES, NOW AND THEN

#Power // 06 Oct. 14 // 20:00

+ Anja Mueck, Veronika Hoffmann / The current understanding of strategic urban planning in Berlin – an entrepreneurial view on the Berlin city planning policy and its strategic tools
+ Claudia Seldin / 21st Century Berlin: Poster City for the Creative Paradigm (and for Urban Resistance)
+ Georg Hubmann / Towards a more sustainable city?
+ Film screening of the documentary "Denk mal Berlin, Wer baut die Stadt?" (german + english subtitles, 2008, 62") a movie from Gabriela Neuhaus und Angelo Scudeletti
+ Moderation by Anna Galda (urbanophil)











MIGRATIONS

#DISTANCE // 07 Oct. 14 // 20:00

+ René Kreichauf / displaced, excluded, disfranchised – housing asylum seekers in the European Fortress City
+ Penny Travlou / Multilocal youth and the Berlin digital industry: Creative Class, experience, capitalism and city-making
+ Film screening "Le Heim" (2005) from Leona Goldstein t.b.c., german + english subtitles and "Mietrebellen" (Gertrud Schulte Westenberg and Matthias Coers, 2014, 78"), german + english subtitles
+ Moderation: Thomas Kerekes / Karsten Michael Drohsel (Mikromakrowelt, urbanophil) Kerstin Parschat and Nils Plambeck

TRESOR

#TIME // 08 OCT. 14 // 20:00

+ Lawrence Carlos / Tresor: Off the Beaten Track
+ In conversation with Dimitri Hegemann and Tillman Künzel (t.b.c.)
+ Screening of the movie "Subberlin" (german - english + english subtitles) (Tillman Künzel, 2012, Tresor Berlin GmbH)











GUIDED TOURS AND URBAN EXPLORATIONS


RESIDUAL CITY

#BODY // 05 OCT. 14 // 14:00

+ Rennie Tang / Residual City: A performance exploring the voids and the density of metropolitan cities through movement
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE // FREE // 14:00 // DURATION: 2H

GRENZGANG

#GROUND // 27 SEPT - 10 OCT // 1 ROUTE / DAY (04 OCT, DAY OFF)

+ Jens Denissen, Lea Donguy / Grenzgang: A 10 days walk around Berlin at the intersection of the urban and the rural. Everyday a new route











of around 15-25 km will be explored and experimented
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // FREE // DURATION: 5 TO 7H // LENGTH: 15 TO 25 KM //
INFO ON THE ROUTES AND MEETING POINTS AVAILABLE ON GRENZGANG BERLIN

RESTRICTED AREAS

#POWER // 10 OCT. 14 // 16:00

+ Joanne Pouzenc / Restricted areas: A contemporary exploration of public and/or accessible places and their evolution. Visitors will be guided through different neighborhood with the mission to reproduce contemporary Nolli Plans of Berlin
LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE // 6€ // DURATION: 2H

AUTOBAHN'STRIP

#GROUND // 10 OCT. 14 // 10:00

+ Matthieu Duperrex, Claire Dutrait (Urbain trop Urbain), Frédéric Malenfer / Autobahn'Strip: A 8km walk on the uncommon fringes of the autobahn. The tour includes a visit around one of the most emblematic though unfamous "Schlange" building
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE // 6€ // DURATION: 3H

A MEETING WITH GROPIUSSTADT

#GROUND // 10 OCT. 14 // 10:00

+ Tinatin Gurgenidze / Gropiusstadt: An exploration of the Plattenbauten in south of Berlin
LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE // 6€ // DURATION: 2H

LOW TECH TOOLS TO ACTION OF URBAN ART

#GROUND // 10 OCT. 14 // 14:00

+ Narcelio Grud // Ride a paint-bike and follow the artist on a playful trip through the city
LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE // 6€ // DURATION: 2H

PARTY

UNLIMITED PARTY // 04 Oct. 14 // ZK/U (BASEMENT) // 22:00

+ dj set by BENOIT B. (Paris/Berlin)
+ live act by GESCHWISTER SCHUMANN (Symbiont Music, Berlin)
+ dj set by _LARRY (London)
+ dj set by OLONDRO (a-records, Berlin)
+ Guests

FINISSAGE / UNLIMITED ON SALE

09 OCT. 14 // ZK/U // 19:00

+ At the finissage of the exhibition we sell out our furniture in a big auction












A 10-strong international tutor team of practising architects, researchers in architecture and urbanism and artists, are leading this years’ workshop. Focusing on Berlin’s actual problematics, the workshop is an interdisciplinary exercise in understanding the urban condition and working towards collaborative solutions.



Workshop fees:
240 € standard registration
175 € early birds registration

Download the full workshop programme.











Architects, researchers, artists, a DJ, a social scientist and a journalist, are the international team of tutors leading the Berlin unlimited workshop. Focusing on Berlin’s actual problematics, the workshop is an interdisciplinary exercise in understanding the urban condition. Each of the 5 units of the workshop focuses on a different methodological approach of urban investigation and is framed by a set of themes, particular to Berlin, to be explored.

Urban explorations, on-site visits, and group work, form the key pedagogical elements in each unit, conducted by a team of guest and host tutors: each guest tutor brings in a unique way of looking at the city, while the unit’s host tutors brings in a thematic framework specific to the local content of Berlin. Additionally, the workshop includes a series of transversal activities, such as lectures, film screenings, and social events.

The workshop’s main objective is to equip participants with a sharpened vision through which to comprehend the city as a complex interactive system. It aims towards the development of collaborative strategies that challenge conventional methods of urban analysis and cut through disciplinary boundaries, encouraging creativity and originality.











UNIT 1// SCARS: MEMORY AND AMNESIA IN THE ERASURE OF CONTESTED SITES
Catalina Pollak

UNIT 2// A MEMORY RE-WRITTEN IN LIGHT: THE ABSENCE OF THE BERLIN WALL
Felipe Lanuza + Benedikt Stoll

UNIT 3// A GUIDEBOOK TO BERLIN: EXCAVATING VOIDS, RUINS AND FLOWS
Penny Travlou + Emil Angelov

UNIT 4// BERLIN IMAGINARIUM - URBAN TRANS- FORMATION THROUGH STORYTELLING
Petra Havelska + Denica Indzhova

UNIT 5// URBAN FIELDS UNLIMITED @BERLIN
Daniele Manchini + Neelke Wagner




For more information about the workshops:
nina(at)urbantranscripts.org










UNLIMITED GUESTS

Markus Bader
Jessica Bridger
Karsten Michael Drohsel
Matthieu Duperrex
Claire Dutrait
Anna Galda
Pieterjan Grandry
Andy Graydon
Taina Guedes
Robert K. Huber
Thomas Kerekes
Anna Kostreva
Celina Kress
Frédéric Malenfer
Daniel Fernandez Pascual
Ingrid Sabatier
Gabi Schillig
Stephan Schwarz
Valeria Schwarz
Max Schwitalla
Jean-Philippe Vassal
Lenara Verle
Peter Winter











UNLIMITED ARTISTS

Doris Ahlgrimm
Manuel Ahnemüller
Sarah Bäcker
Jenny Baese
Nello Barile
Lukas Barrenstein
Julie Biron
Anna Borgman
Astrid Bornheim
Lawrence Carlos
Laure Catugier
Valentin Cordebar
Jens Denissen
Léa Donguy
Carola Ebert
Kaj Fischer
Julia Gill
Narcelio Grud
Ken Hanamura
Veronika Hoffman
Thomas Honeck
Georg Hubmann
Irina Ilieva
Milena Ivkovic
Juliane Jäger
Tarren Johnson
Alessa Joosten
Jinha Kim
Julia Klauer
Sara Klemisch
René Kreichauf











Irene Kriechbaum
Thomas Le Bas
Candy Lenk
Fiona McDermott
Ishka Michocka
Anja Mueck
Barbara Müller
Vanessa Neuber
Stefano Pelaggi
Anna Richter
Ami Sakurauchi
Camille Salomon
Rosanne Schmidt
Claudia Seldin
Alexandra Seuß
Christina Shivers
Philine Sollmann
Natalia Sookias
Sravan Singh
Susanne Stahl
Florian Strenge
Rennie Tang
Kateryna Timokhina
Janice Vering
Mark Warren
Caro Weller
Ruven Wiegert
Christiane Wirth
Barbara Witt
Chien B. Wong
Zalar
Nayelli Zimmermann











UNLIMITED WORKSHOP

Emil Angelov
Petra Havelska
Denica Indzhova
Xenia Kokoula
Felipe Lanuza
Daniele Manchini
Nina Margies
Yiorgos Papamanousakis
Catalina Pollak
Benedikt Stoll
Penny Travlou
Neelke Wagner

UNLIMITED TEAM

Benoît Bovis
Alexis Facca
Anja Fritz
Silvia Gioberti
Ramona Heiligensetzer
Wissam Khaled
Helena Knorr
Nike Kraft
Tanja Katharina Lindner
Luca Marinelli
Emilie Peinchaud
Stefanie Pesel
Joanne Pouzenc
Shahrzad Rahmani
Esther Rizo
Philine Schneider
Natalia Stepanova
Angeliki Zervou











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The project is made possible thanks to the voluntary work of an international network of collaborators passionate to:

// Advance the work of artists, researchers, theorists, architects, urban design and planning professionals.
// Promote an understanding of the city through the synergy of a multitude of disciplines and media.
// Create new knowledge on the local particularities of the city of Berlin through a global spectrum of projects.
// Promote public interest and debate about the city of Berlin and its urban development.


In the longer term, the project aims to:

// Foster lasting collaborations and strong links among the exhibition’s participants, project partners and collaborators.
// Contribute to the greater public agenda and debate on issues facing the contemporary city.


You want to be involved in Berlin Unlimited? We currently search for help!

You have talents in graphic design? You are not afraid of the construction work? You want to offer your talents to a cause? Join the team of Berlin Unlimited and participate in creating the Unlimited adventure! Contact us at info[at]berlinunlimited.org.

Berlin Unlimited is a project by Urban Transcripts, CollageLab and Guerilla Architects.
For further information: (info[at]berlinunlimited.org)

For more information about the unlimited workshops (nina[at]urbantranscripts.org)



Berlin Unlimited relies primarily on the voluntary commitment of an international network of collaborators.
If you want to support the project, contact us at (info[at]berlinunlimited.org).


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