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Press Release: June 29, 2009
Wunderland exhibition series
July – December 2009

Construction has begun. On the central block of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum’s vacant lots, the foundations of a new apartment building have taken root. Floor by floor, the building emerges out of the ground and into the skyline. The building´s architectural style pays homage to past conceptions of the future. Its neighbor, a planned Italian enclave represented with a “Dolce Vita” model-house, comes straight out of an imagined re-creation of the past. Built one-year ago, the model-house has acquired an aged patina and no longer sticks out like a new shoe. In the front garden, oleander plants blend in harmoniously, joining in peace with the wild flowers and grass on the surrounding vacant lots. Due to a temperate Spring, the area is rich with flora and fauna.

To enrich these unimaginative architectures with a more inspired impulse, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum will complement the building activities with its new series Wunderland (Wonderland). Following the series, Bestandsaufnahme, Parcella, Spekulationen and Landreform, seven visions of spatial development will materialize on the northern block of Skulpturenpark, successively adding to a small settlement or enclave.

Wunderland melds two supposedly antithetical paradigms: the diligent positivism of the legendary, post-War, West German Wirtschaftswunderland, with the fantastic reality of Alice, in whose "Wonderland" rational principles are not the norm. A spectacular and arbitrary growth prevails where all creatures are defined by the credo, “Be what you would seem to be”. The projects of Wunderland are situated in a jungle of paradoxes, lies and deception, utopias, dystopias, ideological and practical politics, enclaves and exclaves, and between an optimistic and cynical vision of tomorrow.


Curatorial Committee
Matteo Pasquinelli (Amsterdam/London)
Tim Voss/Britta Peters (Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg)
Pelin Tan (Istanbul)
and KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V.

Wunderland is supported by the European Cultural Foundation.



Die Wunderland Projekte:

Arnaud Elfort (Survival Group) und Eden Morfaux: Block
Eröffnung: Sonntag, 5. Juli 2009, 15 Uhr

Christoph Ziegler: Camp Exodus
Opening: Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Camp Exodus is a temporary living laboratory that is dedicated to the praxis of utopizing. Outside the daily routine, this is a place for reading, meditation and debating, drafting and Internet research. Camp Exodus embodies envisioned utopias of the past, a mix between a space station, garden plot and a seventies module house. What has been already attempted on a grand scale, will be converted and understood on a personally achievable DIY scale.
Camp Exodus offers an open stage for various artists, researchers, architects and musicians including: Balz Isler (Zürich/Berlin), Bernd Jasper & Moka Farkas (Hamburg), Oliver Krewitt (Hamburg), Ralo Mayer / multiplex fiction (Wien), Gordon Müllenbach (Hamburg), Orakel (of the world) and Kapaikos Mandolinenpunkorchestra (Berlin).

Jelka Plate: A Very Merry Unarchitecture to You
Opening: Sunday, August 23rd and September 20th, 2009
A Very Merry Unarchitecture to You is a big party of emptiness. It is located between the Fellini Residence’s showroom, a model luxury condo, and the construction site of a new office building. In a worker exchange with Berlin’s One-Euro-Worker program, where unemployed residents are set to the task of building a scale-model of Berlin, Jelka Plate will organize the building of a model of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum’s vacant land. The model will be constructed and displayed on-site in a modular container. The installation will be accompanied with interviews with the workshop’s staff. (The workshop for the One-Euro-Worker is sponsored by Jobcenter.)

Simon Faithfull: Mobile Research Station no.1
Sunday, September 20, 2009: Research Communications Day
Faithfull’s station departs from research outposts constructed in the vast whiteness of the polar regions or in the blackness of outer space. A dumpster is the basis for an aluminum superstructure and scientifically equipped interior. In August 2009, the Mobile Research Station no. 1 will provide a team of aesthetic-scientists a secure base from which to research the surrounding wilderness and urban zones of uncertainity.
Researchers include: Martin John Callanan (London), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin), Tim Knowles (London), Anikka Lundgrun (Gothenburg/Berlin), Katie Paterson (London), Esther Polak (Amsterdam)

Angela Melitopoulos:
Möglichkeitsraum I (The Blast of the Possible) A transnational Space Montage
Opening: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, 2009
Concurrent with Germany’s parliamentary elections, the trans-national art project, The Blast for the Possible, makes its own political assertion. On the former “death strip”, Angela Melitopoulos will install 10 billboards, which reveal the situation of the Green Line that divides Nicosia, Europe´s last partitioned city.
A round table discussion will follow the opening, with a focus on the theme of nowhere and no man’s lands. Guests have been invited from Nicosia, Berlin and London (Kanak Attak Berlin, Transit e.V, Research Architecture/Goldsmiths College, University of Nicosia), et al. Mobile Facts (Georgina Fakumoju, Florian Druckenthaner, Solmaz Sohrabi, Stiliana Schone), MariaGiovanna Nuzzi, John Palmesino, Ines Schaber, Eyal Sivan, Socratis Stratis, Vassilis Tsianos, Nicos Trimikliniotis, Michael Willenbuecher, Phillip Zourgane.

KUNSTrePUBLIK: Land’s End
Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs, Daniel Seiple
Work in progress

Christoph Faulhaber: GAC
Ongoing project begun in June 2009
The Guantanamo Allocation Center (GAC) is an ongoing project dedicated to the question of relocating the remaining detainees still in custody at the soon to be closed US Military Base. GAC focuses on the global process of allocation and relocation, and aims to provide accommodations in Germany that offer a process of re-socialization by providing and furnishing a temporary, and eventual, final home.
More information: www.gac-web.org



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