Das Department für öffentliche Erscheinungen präsentiert das Ergebnis des Stimmungstests.
25.04.2007 by department für öffentliche erscheinungen posted in Die private Meinung als offentliche Erscheinung | no comments

Auf die Frage WIE SEHEN SIE IHRE ZUKUNFT? hat der Stimmungstest des Department für öffentliche Erscheinungen folgendes Ergebnis erbracht:

“gute Aussichten” – 37 “mal sehen” – 18 “aussichtslos” – 16

Das Department für öffentliche Erscheinungen bedankt sich bei allen Bewohnerinnen und Bewohnern für die Unterstützung des Projekts „Die persönliche Meinung als öffentliche Erscheinung ­ Ein Wohnblock schaut in die Zukunft”. Ein besonderer Dank der Universa Hausverwaltung, Herrn Schmidt, Herrn Sander, Daniela Gothe und dem gesamten Team von urban interface | berlin.


artnet bringt Artikel über urban interface
24.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Other | no comments

Das Online-Kunstmagazin artnet hat einen Artikel über urban interface veröffentlicht. Julia G. Schneider schreibt hier über die einzelnen künstlerischen Projekte und stellt sie in den Kontext mit anderer Kunst im öffentlichen Raum.


the head ist wieder da!!!
23.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in The Head, uib artworks, Support | no comments

nachdem dem Head am Wochenende unsere berliner Hitze zu Kopfe gestiegen war, hat sich wieder alles zum Guten gewendet. Er blickt bereits wieder freundlich in die Welt und freut sich auf eure sms!!! entschuldigt, wenn er heute noch nicht soviel unterwegs war


Working With Art in Public Space
23.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Topic | no comments

Interference

Many of my projects stem from an interest in a direct confrontation with public space, and with objects and phenomena constituting that space. An artwork placed in a public space like Pulsing Path – ambiguous vision (Madrid Abierto 2006) or Zone – out of vision (Article, Stavanger and Urban Interface Berlin) could be seen as an attempt to establish communication. It is an ambiguous statement rather than making questions pointing in one direction, it is a comment on something that has already been made, the structure of the city and the habits of its citizens. What has once been made is possible to criticise and this project is a kind of critique, critique seen as an expression done after an analysis, and using an existing structure, building, construction or grounds – i.e. an institution that is part of the society – in this purpose the artist and his work is trespassing the social community.

Private in Public

In a society that, through technological advances, seems to be moving and changing rapidly, commercialism has taken a further step out into the public space. Boundaries between private and public, privacy and universality, have become harder to define. Commercial forces work in these borderlands and the individual’s control over their personal situation and privacy protective functions is increasingly hard to sustain. Fewer areas in society are preserved from the forces of marketing and trading.

Alienation – contextual response

The fear of the unknown is strong amongst most people. Whether it is fear of what lies hidden in darkness, or a fear of something beyond one’s knowledge, to ignore this fear could have devastating consequences. Fear is an emotion that can be explored in unexpected ways through art, and this is one reason for such a project as Zone – out of vision , which is placed in one of the most public of spaces: the street. A street, square or other public space allows a meeting with a non-specialized audience, which brings to the work a vast array of possible readings. Because these spectators don’t necessarily come from similar social or educational backgrounds, the work is therefore placed in an inevitably difficult social context. An artwork in public space may be overlooked or ignored by some, while to others it may appear as interesting, stimulating, provocative, or irritating. As human beings we can only interpret what we encounter with the help of our individual experiences and knowledge, therefore ending up with differing views.

As an artwork in a public space might differ from objects normally expected to be there (thus appearing as an abnormal or alien object) it is almost inevitable that the work will arouse fear in some people, and be rejected by others. It is not necessarily my main concern to provoke fear in viewers, but as an artist it seems important to deal with – rather than avoiding – such fear, and other preconceived notions, wherever they may appear. Above all I see my public-space works as obstacles for the mind, able to trigger differing viewpoints and responses.

Any person who states uncomfortable opinions in public is ultimately responsible for both voicing those opinions and dealing with the attendant risks. Working with art in public space is like walking a tightrope, whereby the artist has the opportunity to reach out to an audience outside the usual art institutions, but does so largely without any institutional safety nets. Placing art in public space requires certain strategies, including a kind of humility on the part of the artist. For art in public space encounters the same problems as architecture and societal or political planning: that is, it materializes directly as a part of society as well as playing a more indirect part as an aesthetic entity.


Lamp stolen from Exposure
22.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in uib artworks, Support | no comments

On Thursday night one of the lamps belonging to the artwork Exposure was stolen. Another one was almost demounted. We will reinstall the missing lamp as quickly as possible. Hopefully the complete work will be ready again on Monday 23rd. We apologise for the fact that the work is not working currently.

Lampe von Exposure gestolen

Donnerstagnacht ist eines der Biltzlichter, die zu Exposure gehören, gestolen worden. Eine weitere Lampe ist halb demontiert gewesen, als wir den Diebstahl bemerkten. Wir bemühen uns, das Kunstwerk bis Montag wieder zu vervollständigen und zu sichern. Wir entschuldigen und für die Umstände.


The head ist krank!
22.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in uib artworks | no comments

gestern erreichte uns die Nachricht dass “the Head” unter der Berliner Sonne leidet und Kopfschmerzen hat. Derzeit kann er somit keine SMS -empfangen. Nach einer ausführlichen Konsultierung heute nachmittag werden wir uns wieder melden.

Bis dahin vergeßt nicht, dass heute nachmittag die nächste Berliner Stimmen Tour stattfindet! Ihr könnt noch anrufen 0800 744 7000


Discovered mistakes/changes in programme leaflet
21.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Sites & Facts | no comments

n the leaflet, Daniel Jolliffe’s Berliner Stimmen is wrongly scheduled for today. The date is correct though, it will happen tomorrow on the 22nd. Sorry for this!Please note that we switched the two student presentations. Ding- Unding by studens of HGB will be presented on Wednesday 25, whereas Minimal media intervetions by students of the UdK will be shown on the 2nd of May.


Namen von Jocelyn Roberts Website entfernt
20.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Authorities | no comments

Nachdem urban interface berlin die Postkarte mit den Namen der Bewohner der Grenzstraße, Wattstraße, Chausseestraße sowie der Borsigstraße aufgrund einer Beschwerde von dieser Website entfernt hatte, hat der Künstler des Projekts Blind Lines Jocelyn Robert ebenfalls die Namen von seiner Website http://lenomdelachose.org/geometrie/ genommen. Die juristische Sachlage wird weiterhin geprüft. Die Soundfiles für das 2. Projekt The Bells of the Church of Reconciliation können unter http://lenomdelachose.org/geometrie/Politics-gr-04a.html heruntergeladen werden. In unserer Zentrale in der Gallerie Sparwasser HQ liegen außerdem 2 ipods zum Ausleihen bereit.


Anrufe zu Refugia - Neues Wohnen
20.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in uib artworks | no comments

In den vergangenen Tagen haben uns immer wieder Anrufe erreicht von Anwohner rings um die von Niklas Goldbach aufgestellten Bauschilder in der Ackerstrasse. Einige haben sich selbst über die Website informiert, anderen konnten wir weiterhelfen. Das Interesse der Anwohner an den in Refugia – Neues Wohnen beschriebenen Vorhaben war natürlich groß, da es oftmals in Ihren direkten Wohnbereich eingriff. Wir haben uns auch über den durchwegs freundlichen Ton der Anrufer sehr gefreut.


Kids Day Care Centre/Internationaler bund ibb called
20.04.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in uib artworks, Team | no comments

We just received a call by the tenents of Grenzstraße 5 that the Deutsche Post, the German mail, thinks that they are the senders of Jocelyn Robert’s postcards which are part of his Blind Lines/The Politics of Geometry project. Currently, the Deutsche Post sends all undeliverable postcards to them, because these organisation appear at the top of the lists.