ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanism is a cultural venue, offering artistic and research residencies for artistic practice at the interface of urban research Located in a former railway depot surrounded by a freshly landscaped park.
ZK/U seeks to develop projects, co-produce knowledge and share values created through exchanges. ZK/U does not offer a fixed set of ideas and principles for its fellows. Rather, individual projects and needs shape what could be described as a continuous formation. Instead of letting the ‘final product’ constrain the possible routes that a practice might take, ZK/U focuses on the processes that come from, and feed into, the particular contexts of the fellows’ practice, whether they be locally-defined situations or international discourses.
The ZK/U concept and practice were initiated by the artist collective and non-profit organization KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V.. The association managed to become the owner of the former railway depot and holds a 40 year lease on the ground. KUNSTrePUBLIK‘s concepts and projects are equally focused on local involvement and global exchange.
Coming from non-institutional backgrounds, the founders aspire to continue exploring ways of collaborating, researching and creating, that go beyond the lines of existing structures and preconceptions. As part of their artistic practice, KUNSTrePUBLIK considers the development of ZK/U a long-term process that will evolve through the contributions and critical feedback expressed by its participants, partners and a diverse audience.
KUNSTrePUBLIK is a registered German non-profit organization „for the common good“. While not in receipt of fixed institutional funding, KUNSTrePUBLIK has been funded on a project basis by the European Cultural Fund, the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Capital City Cultural Fund), the Kunstfonds Foundation, and Bipolar, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.