dostopri on Wed, 6 Feb 2002 17:45:02 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] come to berlin ***dosto***

Come to Berlin!
Look at this city! – From the top floor of a high-rise building at the
city’s eastern boundary. At the 
interface between east and west. Live and work in a satellite suburb. Look,
draw, mix, listen, run 
away, take pictures and come back, climb up the building’s stairs, talk,
ask, understand, answer, 
design, eat, write, taste! Be one of 40 young artists, designers and
architects who will be 
exploring new possibilities for six weeks in an urban district setting whose
buildings were made 
from mass-produced prefabricated slabs,– in a high-rise building.
Could you imagine having a marketplace on the ninth floor? If so – get into
contact with us!
Send us a postcard:
Arbeitsgruppe "Sehenswürdigkeiten"
Bühringstrasse 20
13086 Berlin

or contact us on the web: by April 1, 2002. 
Join us.

>From the beginning of May to the end of July 2002 40 young artists, designer
and architects from 
various European and world-wide art colleges will take part in the project 
"dostoprimetschatelnosti" and move in a abandoned tower building in
Berlin-Hellersdorf to work, 
live and exhibit there.

In this industrial-built district whose building reflect the conflict
between demolition and Pop-art 
new forms of working, communicating and cultural life within a so called
shall be invented and created. Moreover the project will try to let the
inhabitants of the 
surrounding suburbs participate – about 270.00 people live here.
The first man in space was Juri Gagarin whereas Neil Armstrong made a big
step for mankind. For 
the people in East-Berlin completely new districts were raised from the

There were dreams of big mines on the moon and a WBS-70-flat with three
bedrooms and 
central heating. Dreaming from Utopia was widespread. Common were the dreams
exploring the space as well as from living in far better conditions.
Planning for a better living: The new role of the working woman should find
its counterpart in the 
flat’s groundplan. Residential areas were planned in a way that the children
had to cross only a 
minimum of streets on their way to school. Whoever got a flat here was a
lucky one: The flats 
were not available on a free market but assigned to the people.
Nowadays times have changed: Landlords have great difficulties to find new
tenants especially 
for tower blocks even if they are refurbished. The demolition of empty tower
sometimes blocks 
seems to be the only solution to this problem. At the same time these
buildings are used as 
locations for advertising campaigns (Coca-Cola and F6 cigarettes). A
"Plattenbau”-card game has 
been developed and the "Plattenbau”-issue finds its way into the culture
section in big 
newspapers as in Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The
question today 
is: Is there any use in the "Platte” today?
New possibilities of urban lifestyle are to be explored: Is a "Piazza” on
6th floor working? Can 
you use the connecting function of the staircase in order to organise events
in there? High 
raised building should be used horizontal as well as vertical to approach
the "Platte” from a 
different point of view.

Dostoprimetschatelnosti will be linked with experiences we gained in
September 2000 with 
»Cour d´honneur« in Otterwisch castle near Leipzig. At that time we - a
group of artists and 
designers - demonstrated how such a castle can be used today:
As free space to experiment with.

Supported by professional public relations and a successful exhibition it
was possible to create a 
completely new perspective towards the castle.
The eastern suburbs of Berlin present themselves as a suitable location for
a new "space 
project” as dostoprimetschatelnosti (russian word for sights). For each of
the participating 
painters, sculptors, architects, communication- and product-designers
offers a chance to preoccupy themselves with so called "Plattenbauten” and
the direct try-out of 
their ideas at the location. Modern suburbs made of concrete are common
across many 
European cities from Amsterdam to Warsaw, Paris or Kiev. From the eleventh
floor of such a 
modern building, from the border between eastern and western Europe new
points of view 
towards a new Berlin could be created.

Dostoprimetschatelnosti links up with the tradition of pragmatic use of
vacant buildings by arts 
and culture and the constructive teamwork of businesses and art in Berlin.
Not only because of 
the unused event location this project will be outstanding. It will also
include the people living 
there and has a very experimental character. We will invent and live new
forms of possible 
working and living in high-rise flats. Additionally there will be two events
each week (concerts, 
lectures and exhibitions).
The project will be supported by the Mart-Stam-society, an exclusive circle
from high-ranking 
patrons of the fine arts in Berlin.
Professor Alex Jordan (communication design) and professor Rainer W. Ernst
(architect, head 
master of the arts college Berlin-Weißensee) will be consultants for the
project. Besides we could 
engage Dr. Heik Afheldt (publisher of the Berlin newspaper "Tagesspiegel”)
to work together 
with us. The tight co-operation between the cultural office
Marzahn-Hellersdorf and our project 
enables us to work together with the city very closely.
The buildings were provided by the MÜBAU AG. 

We can use two vacant high-rise-buildings formerly occupied by the districts
office of 
Berlin-Hellersdorf. Located in the districts centre they provide excellent
access by public 
transport. The subway station Cottbusser Platz is within walking distance,
as well as 
Hellersdorfer Strasse, the districts main street – the two towers rank as
the gate towards 
During the project the building will be subdivided into different functional
The top floor will be used for events.
Under that the ateliers and living rooms for the participants will be
located. On the sixth and 
seventh floor we try to establish a "Piazza”,  a forum in the building.
Rooms for living and 
working will be located underneath. 

The house
- Hellersdorfer Strasse 171-173
- 55 flats on eleven floors
- total of ca. 4.000 square meters
space for working and living

Public transport
- Subway station Cottbusser Platz 
  (30 minutes with line U5 from Alexanderplatz)
- Night bus and many parking lots 	    
  in front of the house

- 40-50 young painters, sculptors, photographers,
  filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians, communication designers and
- from 15 countries 

Public relations
- co-operation with the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel
- presence in the web
- posters, flyer and postcards
- Publication of a documentation
- Presentation  of the project on the international
- architects convention in July 2002

- Two events each week 
  (approximately 300 visitors)
- Half-time party in June (approximately 1000 visitors)
- End of July beginning of the final exhibition
(200 invited guests and 1500 visitors)

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