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FREE RADICALS – OPEN CALL

The open call for Free Radicals is especially directed towards self-organized, “teacher-less”, co-learning groups (affiliated with or without an institution), that are willing to follow their own interests and are ready to research outside the walls and restrictions of the institution. The self-organized co-learning and site sensitive processes are meant to unfold during Spring and Summer of 2021.

Proposals from all fields and disciplines are supported, however projects featuring interdisciplinary practices and practice-based research that engage with pressing matters of this moment in time (such as the notions of human and more than human ecologies, environmental humanities, experimental living forms and systems, political and social engagement that promotes care for ourselves and our surroundings) are strongly encouraged.

The application deadline for this open call is set on the 24th of March 2021, and selected projects will be published in the first weeks of April. Please email to learnscapes@floating-berlin.org.

Please find more details about the Open Call here: Free Radicals Dossier

 

 

 


The Urban-Practitioners-in-Residence announced!

Thank you to the five finalists and the jury members for their participation and enthusiasm!
We had a fantastic public session and learned so much about these practices and projects.
Details about the selected projects and their realisation at the Floating University will follow in March.

 

 

 


Urban Practice: Public Jury Session FEB 18th 2021

To the online event: Floating University Livestream

ON FEB 18th 2021, 6-9 PM, Floating e.V will hold a public jury session, as part of our open call for urban practitioners. During the session, five finalists will present their project proposals for the site of the Floating University Berlin, with open Q&A from the expert jury and the wider public. We hope you will join us and the jury members to further question, challenge and expand the notion of urban practice during this event.

The five finalists are:

Bostjan Bugaric, Christina Serifi, Elian Stefa with UAU! Urban Activation Unit

Nina Fischer, Maroan El Sani with Art, Activism, Splitting Communities

Zoe Claire Miller, Marco Schmitt  with Exorcier-Raku

Kavita Meelu with Berlin as a Diasporic Foodscape

Maternal Fantasies with Pflegen,Reime, Feigen: On Caring Coexistences

Our Jury are: Dorothee Halbrock, Aljoscha Hoffman, Dr. Sabine Kroner, María Inés Plaza Lazo, Dr. Tatjana Schneider and Dr. Sumugan Sivanesan. The session will be moderated by Jennifer Aksu and hosted by curators Rosario Talevi and Gilly Karjevsky.

To the online event: Floating University Livestream

 

 

 


Open Call: Urban-Practitioner-in-Residence at Floating University

Announcing the jury

Dorothee Halbrock. Board member and head of projects HALLO: Verein zur Förderung raumöffnender Kultur e.V. and PARKS

Aljoscha Hofmann. Urbanist. Tempelhof Projekt GmbH. Think Berl!n. Initiative StadtNeudenken

Dr. Sabine Kroner. Project manager Berlin Mondiale. Member Rat für die Künste

María Inés Plaza Lazo. Art historian and curator. Founder of Arts for the Working Class and L’Union des Refusés, a global organization for art workers commons

Dr. Tatjana Schneider. Architect and academic. Head of the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and the City at TU Braunschweig

Dr. Sumugan Sivanesan. Anti-disciplinary artist-researcher, writer and broadcaster. Produces Fugitive Radio: anti-colonial media and music, and organizes with Black Earth climate justice collective

The session on February 18th 6pm (CET) will be moderated by

Jennifer Aksu. Urbanist and Cultural manager. Co-founder and artistic director Invisible Playground


Floating e.v launches an open call for urban practitioners. Berlin-based positions (individuals and groups) are invited to apply for a six month residency on and with the basin. Proposals should engage directly with the site of the Floating University and with the city of Berlin at large while they question, challenge and expand the notion of urban practice.  From performance to walks, urban games to sculpture, installations to projections, texts to podcasts, research-based, process-based, perhaps open to participation, perhaps facing the public on site.

Apply by January 15th!

 

 

 


The Kids Uni is back

+ info here

 

 

 


Soundance sketch / Floating Thursday June

Jasminka Stenz – dance/choreography, Gábor Hartyáni – cello/composition

A dancer and a cellist will create an artistic sketch together through site-specific exploration in a garden colony with a rainwater retention basin. The sound-performative encounter with site-specific choreography will forge a visual-audio path – live and digitally adapted.

This site-specific performance within the Floating Thursday is the conclusion of the residency cooperation between soundance festival berlin, Floating e.V. and the Kolonie am Flughafen e.V.

Thu, 04.06.2020, start 19:00
Place: digital/ online: soundance-festival.de (update end of May)
Check the Event on Facebook

SOUNDANCE Festival 2020 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united g UG in coproduction with DOCK ART
17. – 27.06.2020 DOCK11, Berlin
SOUNDANCE Festival 2020 is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

 

 

 


Climate Care: Digital Archive launched at Zabriskie bookshop 

Following the conclusion of the festival curated by Gilly Karjevsky and Rosario Talevi, the digital archive was conceptualised by ATLAS/STUDIO (Lucía Alonso & Ernesto Bauer) and programmed by Lucas Pose, with graphic design by Roman Karrer. The online repository archives the activities that inhabited the basin through images, videos and text documentation: from hot-compost-making, experimenting with bio-materials, the baking of urban hives, weather writing or “tuning-in” methods, reading aloud and looking at care on a planetary scale. 

Find the digital archive here.

 

Images by Lena Giovanazzi and Evey Kwong.

 

 


Site hibernates while we prepare for summer

Floating University* is currently on pause for winter. We are working towards our spring and summer 2020 programming. The site will open in April, and we hope to see you then! Please sign up for our newsletter for updates. 

If you have enquiries or requests regarding programs, cooperations or just ideas, please fill out this form.

*Floating University will no longer be called University as this is a regulatory offense.

 

 

 


FLOATING UNIVERSITY BERLIN 2018
– AN ILLUSTRATED REPORT

We are proud and exited to announce our new book: Floating University Berlin 2018 – an illustrated report

It is a chronological reflection, in pictures, of the first year of the Floating University. In it we tell the initial story of our visionary inner city offshore-laboratory for collective, experimental learning, knowledge transfer and the formation of trans-disciplinary networks to challenge the routines and habits of urban practices.

If you want to purchase Floating University Berlin 2018  send an e-mail to: info@raumlabor-berlin.de

Or if you’re in Berlin, you can buy the book at Zabriskiepro qmbooks people places and ebertundweber

 

Photographs contributed by: Pierre Adenis, Katherine Ball, Jack Bardwell, Irene Beyer, Samuel Boche, Beatrice Davies, Irene Rojas Erlenbach – Wildschnitt, FLAR – Kaśka Jankiewicz & Mila Łapko, Thilo Folkerts, Lena Giovanazzi, Jan Kampshoff, Matthias Kestel, Ivana Kličković, Jan Korbes, Tanja Lindner – Projekt Bauhaus, Lilia Luganskaia – Perennial Institute, raumlaborberlin, Daniel Seiffert, Alexander Stumm, Victoria Tomaschko, Hans Venhuizen, Benoȋt Verjat

With contributions from/Mit Beiträgen von: Joeanne Pouzenc, Gilly Karjevsky, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius