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Am Flutgraben 3 - 12435 Berlin
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Letzte Überprüfung
Watchtower Schlesischer Busch
Am Flutgraben 3 - 12435 Berlin
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›››  is a platform of Fine Arts. With more than 40 studios it provides working space for nearly 60 artists from all over the world and from different artistic disciplines
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›››  is an active association operating since 8 years, enriching the artistic and cultural life of Berlin by organizing meetings and events and by participating within already existing projects
›››  is a component of a world-wide network of cultural institutions working closely with practitioners from a wide range of social, scientific and cultural backgrounds to realise innovative international projects of art and exchange
›››  is a developer of new models of cultural co-operation between art and the broader economy

Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben

A forum for artistic production and presentation on 3800 m²

The non-profit art association Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V. was founded in 1996. It administers and maintains a large studio house situated in Berlin-Treptow, where on average 60 international artists are working at any one time. With its many and various artistic and cultural activities it provides an essential contribution to the cultural life of Berlin.

The profile and direction of the cultural work of Kunstfabrik is determined by the associations' committees and project groups. Unhierarchical, independent and creative working methods are practiced on all levels. The association is organisationally self-sufficient and, to a large extent, independent of public funds.

Former guest artists at the Kunstfabrik: Leander Eisenmann (CH), Maureen Jeram (USA), Jone Krie (N), Markus Labs (D), Wessel Muller (NL), Ron Rocco (USA), Neil Wing (AUS).
The artists 2008

The activities are based on more than 40 studios, used at present by Almuth Baumfalk, Tania Bedriñana, Tine Benz, Christine Berndt, Dagmar Binder, Harald Birck, Vicente Blanco Mosquera, Ronald de Bloeme, Roland Boden, Mari Brellochs, Katja Brinkmann, Laura Bruce, Salvador Cidrás Robles, Ben Cottrell, Ulrike Dornis, Hannah Dougherty, Markus Draper, Norman Gebauer, Christiana Glidden, Franziska Goes, Agnès Hardy, Eberhard Havekost, Martin Henkel, Herr Sphen, Olaf Holzapfel, Sybille Hotz, Christiane John, Stephan Kurr, Wing Yip Lap, Ingrid Lill, Stefan Lux, Barbara Morgenstern, Wessel Muller, Aino Nebel, Esther Neumann, Jeroen Olthof (CBK studio), Alien Oosting, Daniel Pflumm, raumlabor_berlin (Francesco Apuzzo, Markus Bader, Benjamin Förster-Baldenius, Jan Liesegang, Matthias Rick, Axel Timm), Nicole Riegel, Adrian Rovatkay, Viola Rusche, Sophia Schama, Wolfgang SchlegelMargot Schmitt, Jörg Suermann, Ines Tartler, Ona Tav, Joël Verwimp, Vanessa Wood, Dominic Wood, Frank Zucht.
**  The studios

The allocation of the studios is regulated by a board elected by the plenary assembly in co-operation with the Atelierbüro (studio-office) of the Berufsverband Bildender Künstler BBK Berlin. The different approaches and media represented in the Kunstfabrik, cover the whole spectrum of contemporary artistic forms of expression. These includes painting, graphic, sculpture, installation, concept art, photography, video, public interventions, new media, visual communication, and textile art. Through our distribution of guest studios an important relationship with international institutions has been developed. For example the Centrum Beeldende Kunst CBK Dordrecht offers  six-months'-scholarships to Dutch artists, providing not only a studio in Kunstfabrik but also an involvement with the activities of the association.

Former CBK-scholarship holders at the Kunstfabrik were Saskia Meesters, Anja de Jong, Frans van Lent, Albert Zwaan, Michael Markwick, Katja Diallo, Jeroen Fransen, Fred van Rijen, Kathelijne Montes, Nico Parlevliet, and Ton Kraayeveld.
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Sept. 2008 - April 2009

›››  Grenzwachturm Schlesischer Busch
29.11.2008, 8 pm
›››  6 im Transit: Experiment im Durchgangszimmer
Exhibition opening with live music
Venue: Mehrzweckhalle

0.11. - 6.12.2008
›››  6 im Transit: Experiment im Durchgangszimmer
Exhibition with Cornelia Bördlein, Lucia Fischer, Marie Letkowski, Romain Löser, Franka Schwarz, Annett Stenzel (Fachgebiet Malerei, 4. und  5. Std.jahr)
Venua: Mehrzweckhalle
Opening times: daily 12 noon - 8 pm
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6.12.2008, 4 pm
›››  6 im Transit: Experiment im Durchgangszimmer
Finissage  of the exhibition with panel discussion
Venue: Mehrzweckhalle


Christine Berndt:
Opera Sculpture "Dorle"

in conjunction with Helmut Oehring (composition) and Natalia Pschenitschnikowa (vocals/recorder) as well as Torsten Ottersberg (GOGH sound production)

Christine Berndt: Opernskulptur "Dorle", "Wir waren auch fröhlich", Installation in the ground floor, 15 min
Christine Berndt: Opera sculpture"Dorle", "Wir waren auch fröhlich", installation in the ground floor, 15 min

Taking the former watch tower in the “Schlesischer Busch” in Berlin Treptow-Koepenick as the medium, the artist Christine Berndt developed the opera sculpture “Dorle”. The project, in conjunction with the composer Helmut Oehring and the singer Natalia Pschenitschnikowa, came to life staging GDR history as a conjunction of documentary, contemporary music and architectural intervention. Starting point is the watch tower as a relic and architectural witness of the GDR regime. It forms the framework for the biography of “Dorle”, a woman whose family history paradigmatically retells German history.
The multimedia exhibition refers to “Dorle’s” life on three levels and in this way follows the given vertical structure and architecture of the watch tower: On the first floor the video installation “Propaganda” with excerpts from the German Wochenschau, newsreel broadcasts, in the time between 1942 to 1945 refers to the Second World War, which
“Dorle’s” father, a general in the German Wehrmacht experienced in Stalingrad. This is the backdrop to “Dorle’s” family history. 

Although these years are shaped by the war, the choice is restricted to everyday and seemingly insignificant occurrences which by being staged in a rather propagandist manner are just as much part of the collective subconscious or awareness as are the representative pictures and images of war of that time. – On the second windowless floor a surrounding text encircles the visitor. This represents excerpts from “Dorle’s” diary which tell of “Dorle’s” attempted escape from the GDR, her following imprisonment and lastly her position as an unofficial employee of the Stasi. The visitor is included in this torturing self assessment and self questioning, which “Dorle” conducts after the demise of the GDR and until her death with increasing intensity. – The so called Freiwache, an open space, on the top floor is filled with the mono song of “Dorle”. The libretto lasting 20 minutes, a composition by Helmut Oehring, varies excerpts from the diaries. By transposing these diary excerpts into song, Natalia Pschentschnikowa, “Dorles” conflict is brought into our awareness and attains present significance. In this tripartite installation, this is the element with the most immediate impact on the viewer. The composition will be performed live only once to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

On the evening of May 6th 2008 the watch tower turned into a closed shell which was enclosed by the singer and the

Christine Berndt: Opernskulptur "Dorle", untilted (excerpts from "Dorle's" diary), installation at first floor, 45 min
Christine Berndt: Opernskulptur "Dorle", untilted (excerpts from "Dorle's" diary), installation at first floor, 45 min

Opernskulptur "Dorle", first release
Christine Berndt: Opera sculpture"Dorle", first release

instrumentalist in place of “Dorle”. Four surveillance cameras recorded the happening inside the building and project the solo performance onto the outer layer of the building while the instrument and the voice were transmitted to the outside via amplifiers, through the illumination of the projectors and the emerging instrumental and voice the outer walls of the watch tower dissolved. The well fortified tower underwent a temporary metamorphosis into a transparent sculpture. Only after the performance the visitors permitted the opportunity to dive into the stillness of the tower with its silent projections on the first and second floor. During the next four weeks the multimedia-based installation including the tape from the live-recording of the performance was available to visitors (more/pdf)

First Release/Opening: 6.5.08, 9 pm
Duration of exhibition: 8.5. – 8.6.08,
Thu – Sun, 2  – 7 pm, incl. 12.5. (Whit Monday)

A project of the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V. as part of the series "Letzte Überprüfung" (Final Inspection") at the watchtower Schlesischer Busch. With the friendly support of Kunstfonds Bonn, Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei, Hypo-Kulturstiftung München, and Kulturamt Treptow-Köpenick.

Letzte Überprüfung
Ansicht Wachturm

* Concept

The former watchtower in the park Schlesischer Busch is the starting point for artistic examination with borders in the form of site-specific, interventional, and situational presentations of international artists. Letzte Überprüfung (Last Inspection) is enjoying an increasing popularity among the Berlin people as well as the tourists. Within the context of memorials and other places reminding of the Berlin Wall and the time of division, the project frames an outstanding and individual position, particularly by its approach of applying artistic interventions to the linking of the past with the present. In addition, the Border Watch Tower Schlesischer Busch presents an important local element within the Berliner Mauer-Konzept.

Letzte Überprüfung is a project of the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V., directed by Svenja Moor since 2007.

With friendly support of the district office Treptow-Köpenick, and the senate administration for science, research and culture.
* Exhibitions

LÜ 2007
Ulrike Kuschel: Diese Mauer
Georg Klein: turmlaute.2
Frans van Lent: Raam

LÜ 2006 
Roland Boden: Konfuse magnetische Wirbel
Tina Born: Pavillon Nocturne

Dave Allen: One Way, Another Way, Then Any Other Way
Wohnen im Turm. Bauvorhaben: Wohnanlage Schlesischer Busch

Sofia Hultén: Events With Unknown Outcome

LÜ 2005
Ines Tartler: offen
Shahram Entekhabi: kilid
Sigalit Landau: Barbed Hula

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Gasag Art Award 2007
Gasag Art Award: Jorinde Voigt, O.T. 1-14, installation detail, 2006, Courtesy of
Sammlung Rosenkranz Berlin, Copyright: Jorinde Voigt
Jorinde Voigt, O.T. 1-14(detail), 2006, Courtesy Sammlung Rosenkranz Berlin, Copyright: Jorinde Voigt

The Berlin artist Mandla Reuter is awarded with the Gasag Art Award 2007. The artists Nevin Aladag and Jorinde Voigt both receive a promontional prize.
It is now the 10th anniversary that Gasag is awarding its prize for the promotion of young Berlin artists.
In the beginning this award was designed as a Master Class Students Award in cooperation with the Hochschule der Künste (HdK). Since 2002, the award attained a new profile through the cooperation with the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V.

Every year up to 16 artists are nominated in a two-step procedure. A maximum age of 35 and a Berlin residence are the only formal limitations. From step 1, the preselection, the jury – which every year consists of different Berlin art scene representatives -  nominates the winner of the Gasag Art award as well as two artists awarded with a promotional prize.

In honor of the anniversary Gasag increased its formerly prize money of € 5,000 which now comes with € 7,500 for the Gasag Art Award and for the promotional prizes from € 1,000 up to € 2,500 each. The prize money includes the accquisition of one piece of

work by Gasag. Furthermore, an extended work catalogue of the laureate Mandla Reuter will be produced and all three laureates will present some of their oeuvres at an exhibition. This concept reflects the Gasag claim to go one step beyond the mere  awarding of a promising artist’s work by actually supporting the start-up of an artist’s carreer. Since 1997 a total of 26 Berlin artists benefitted from this approach.

By awarding Mandla Reuter the jury (Ursula Prinz, Berlinische Galerie; Mari Brellochs, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V., and Gabriele Knapstein, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart) honours a genre-crossing work that offers multifacetted ways of dialogue to the audience. His situation-specific installations are reflections of the general conditions under which art represents itself. It is Mandla Reuter’s approach that his investigations in this field are sometimes of a playful, sometimes of a conceptual nature.

The topics of the video works and installation of Nevin Aladag derive from everday culture; they are motivated by the different languages, forms of expressions, and codices that groups do use for their internal and external communications. - With an aspect-drawn promotion the jury honours the approach to redirect and channel the artistic work to the outward so that the work steps into a communicative circle.

Jorinde Voigt is awarded with a work-oriented promotional prize for the consequence and self-reliance of her oeuvre. In her drawings, different incidents like pop songs, current flows, definite and indefinite descriptions of actions, or temperature profiles are listed on score and put into relation to each other resulting in a complex spatial texture.

All three laureates will present some of their oeuvres at the exhibition "Neue Heimat. Berlin Contemporary" at the Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur. The exhibition, curated by Ursula Prinz, assembles the works of 29 international artists thereby displaying a wide range of the contemporary international Berlin art scene. The exhibition will be opened on 12 september 2007 and will end on 7  january 2008.

Gasag Art Award: Nevin Aladag, Alles auf Anfang, installation detail, 2007, Copyright:
Nevin AladagGasag Art Award: Nevin Aladag, Alles auf Anfang, installation detail, 2007, Copyright:
Nevin Aladag
Nevin Aladag, Alles auf Anfang, installation detail, 2007, Copyright:
Nevin Aladag

Mandla Reuter: ohne Titel (BG)
Mandla Reuter: ohne Titel (BG), 2007

Gasag Art Award 2006: Ulrike Kuschel
Gasag Art Award 2005: Clemens von Wedemeyer
Gasag Art Award 2004: Nezaket Ekici
Gasag Art Award 2003: Judith Hopf
Gasag Art Award 2002: Carsten Fock

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Kunst im Bau

After a five-years cooperation, the collection of 38 art works, created by 42 artists, has been completed, having found its permanent residence in the historical-listed building at the Reichpietschufer. On six floors, the corridors and stairways have considerably changed their look, left behind their usual monotony and offer some relief to Gasag employees and guests. The artworks try to get in contact, they challenge visual habits, they do riddle and open perspectives. The "Kunst im Bau“-collection is marked by a notable relation towards its location, to its people working there, its architecture, its product. Quite frequently, the employees themselves were invited to take part in the process of creation. By presenting a wide scope of different media – from painting, print and drawing to photography and computer visuals as well as installations and sculptural works – the collection reflects a balanced profile of contemporary art production.

From 2002 to 2006, Gasag and Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben invited artists being in association with Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben to taking part in an annual contest, with the result of a total of 215 artists participating. Every year, a jury got together to decide on the artworks to be realised which subsequently were acquired by Gasag. The jury consisted of Berlin art scene representatives as, among others, Gabriele Horn, Ute Tischler (Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam), and the artist and former gallery owner Andreas Koch, of representatives without-a-vote of monument and employment protection authorities and an yearly alternating Gasag representative.
  The conception of this undertaking had been developed and realised by Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V. in cooperation with Gasag. As project director of Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V., Mari Brellochs advised project management, coordination and accomplishment of the contests as well as the actual implementation of the awarded artworks at the Gasag building (in 2002/2003 in cooperation with Ulf Wetzka). Project management on behalf of Gasag was effected by Dr. Klaus Haschker and Birgit Jammes.

Roland Boden, Bei Gasgeruch muß Hilfe her!
Roland Boden, Bei Gasgeruch muß Hilfe her!, 2004

Katja Brinkmann, o.T. (Wandbild)
Katja Brinkmann, o.T. (Wandbild), 2004
The following enlists the artists who "since 2002 and in four phases have cared for the inner values of the GASAG building" (Qpferdach, art editor of "tip" magazine, in the catalogue "Kunst im Bau. Unternehmen Kunstsammlung"): Almuth Baumfalk, Stefan Beck, Tine Benz, Blank & Jeron, Roland Boden, Armin Bremicker, Katja Brinkmann, Daniel Buchheit, Carsten Eggers, Slawomir Elsner, Franziska Goes, Pierre Granoux, Hauenschild Ritter, Geka Heinke, Sybille Hotz, Patrick Huber, Christiane John, Steve Johnson, Frank Kästner, ++kooperation PRIVAT (Jörg Finus, Torsten Hennig), Stefan Kurr, Ute Lindner, Alena Meier, Florian Merkel, Wessel Muller, Esther Neumann, Valeska Peschke, Adrian Rovatkay, Sarah Schönfeld, Henrik Schrat, Heidi Sill, Markus Strieder, Caro Suerkemper, Axel Timm/Francesco Apuzzo, Elke Ulmer, Moritz Wiedemann, Maik Wolf, Tristan Wolski.

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Heidi Sill, skins #2
Heidi Sill, skins #2, 2004
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