The artist collective KUNSTrePUBLIK has been working in the public sphere for more than 10 years. Through tangible projects they have been exploring the potentials and limitations of art for citizens to freely express or to be represented by the action and physical outcome of KUNSTrePUBLIK’s work.
KUNSTrePUBLIK approach is driven by the site and crosses architectural, artistic and political means of creating projects:
KUNSTrePUBLIK has created an oracle which allows citizens to anonymously ask and answer unwanted and otherwise censored questions in Uljanovsk, Russia. We also built a mobile ‚protest-fountain‘ in Washington D.C. We created a huge advertising cube for unrepresented vendors in a market district of Jakarta and created an opera in burned cars, to withstand upcoming gentrification.
KUNSTrePUBLIK’s approach includes curatorial work to capture a broader social picture: the collective has initiated ‚Archipel Invest‘ – a series of projects that outline micro-economical futures of the post-industrial Ruhr-area. We were running the ‚Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum‘, an inner-city wasteland, that was designed to be a venue for discussing urban dynamics with subversive means and we created a series of projects named ‚Angst in Form‘, revealing human fears in Halle/Saale.
KUNSTrePUBLIK is the organization behind ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics – exploring urban communication structures and implementing experiments and projects that foster the conversation between diverse stakeholders in the urban arena.
The ZK/U is located in a neighborhood with various conflicts, that are due to the polarity of backgrounds: more established ‘middle-class’ citizens, precarious 1st and 2nd generation ofmigrants and newly arriving groups of refugees. Therefor ZK/U particularly aims at (re)activating the social and spatial relationship between individuals and groups that are divided by differences of education, income, gender and ethnic background.