Berlin, June 2016

Cross Contextual Conversations, Pt. 1: Oracle of Berlin

About CCC

CCC is an ongoing program starting in 2016, which aspires to examine and rethink the formats of conversations between different social, educational and spatially divided groups.

These new formats are tools of translation and moderation, of questioning and rethinking, they open the gates for new relationships and help overcome static social formations. How can academic knowledge production becomes more accessible to differently educated? How can everyday wisdom be linked to acknowledged research? How can administrations talk to citizens and viceversa ? How can visionaries talk to conservative powers? How can newbies talk to established ?

The ZK/U aspires to challenge all those frontal panel talks, intimidating learning environments, representative policy meetings…even your rigid family dinner conversations could become subject to change. Swapping roles, spatial reconfigurations, the use of technology…could trigger a change in power structures and allow unusual encounters and surprising revelations.

© Paul Mosig

© Paul Mosig

Oracle of ZK/U

Relating to the Oracle of Delphi, the ancient center of the world‘, KUNSTrePUBLIK created a contemporary version of an oracle.

The oracle uses the same mechanisms that allowed the ancient oracle to come up with sometimes surprisingly precise predictions: the density of information. While in the ancient oracle the high frequency of visitors created a hub of knowledge, in the contemporary version, the tools of information exchange create a democratic prediction process – The participants were using their mobile phones in order to submit questions about life in Berlin: How do they want to live, how does the city influence their everyday life, what does this mean for the future?

© Paul Mosig

© Paul Mosig

Pizza Steel Drum

While looking into the future, the PIzza Steel Drum (created by ZK/U-resident Jesper Aabile) triggered some other kind of information exchange: While kneading dough, preparing the toppings and baking the pizza in ’teams’, the participant found themself in private and political conversations.

© Paul Mosig

© Paul Mosig