künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen


projekt archiv e. V.

Lychener Straße

Ignaz Schick, Kompositionen, Ansicht Setup /Equipment, 2019, Foto: Cristina Marx / Photomusix

John Butcher, Liz Allbee, Marta Zapparoli, Konzert 2019, Foto: Cristina Marx / Photomusix

Daniela Fromberg & Stefan Roigk, Unfamiliar Home, Klanginstallation, 2018, Foto: Fromberg & Roigk

Gitarren-Ensemble, Kompositionen von J. Kudirka, J. Reidy, E. Wong, 2019, Foto: Cristina Marx / Photomusix

The pandemic gave us a pause and became a forced hiatus. For us, it didn’t make sense to organize events or to move into the digital space during the last year. A willingness to think outside the box, to implement short-term funding, and to listen to the needs of the community. Not everyone requires long term investments; others would like to apply for EUR 500 to develop a project for next month. These quick, low-cost funding opportunities are not clearly available yet. When implementing initiatives, first think about the places and the people you are trying to serve. Requiring project spaces to have a program mapped out six months in advance, or ask for only German-language applications is not responding to the community.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.Ich wünsche mir mehr Selbstverwaltung der Förderungen und weniger Verwaltungshürden oder Barrikaden. Städtischer Leerstand sollte schnell und unbürokratisch zur Zwischennutzung für Projekträume nutzbar gemacht werden, selbstverwaltete künstlerische Freiräume, Projekte oder Haus­gemeinschaften müssen unbedingt erhalten bleiben.