Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

Art Laboratory Berlin e. V.

2006
Prinzenallee
34
Berlin
13359

Erich Berger & Mari Keto, Inheritance, 2019, Foto: Tim Deussen

Špela Petrič, Phytoteratology, 2020, Foto: Tim Deussen

Käthe Wenzel, Bone Costumes, 2010–21, Ausstellungsansicht, 2021, Foto: Tim Deussen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Käthe Wenzel, Bonebots, 2010–21, Bleiglas, Elektronik, Tierknochen, Waschbär, Koyote, Luchs, 2021, Foto: Tim Deussen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

The Project Space Prize has not only saved many spaces and kept them alive for a longer period but basically generated a unique experimental and diverse art scene in Berlin. The Prize has also very much encouraged the founding of new spaces, fueled by the hope of receiving funding at some point. More than anything, it is an example of how much a certain public funding strategy can completely shape a local art scene.The art scene, spaces, artists, and initiators in the past ten years (being a continuum of what has gone before) in a nutshell, can be seen to have changed from individual authorships to more collective ones. They act in opposition to the anonymized corporate structures, in particular the giant housing conglomerates (these destructive collective edifices that have the same legal rights as a sentient individual human being) that threaten to dissemble the unique fabric of the city of Berlin that provided a fertile ground in which these initiatives could rise, connect, and thrive. So the project room scene provides a positive counter-weight to these destructive development processes as a living, breathing, collaborative, and inclusive network. I hope that this fabulous project room network does not drown in the indifference of mainstream political thinking in the city of Berlin.Kunst ist ein dialogischer Prozess, der zwischen Kunstschaffenden und Rezipient*innen entsteht. Ihn lebendig zu halten, offen für Fragen, Irritationen und Handlungsmöglichkeiten. Sowie auto­nom arbeitenden Künstler*innen einen Raum zu geben, das sehen wir als unsere Aufgabe an.