Mapping as an image- and space-producing practice is at the centre of the exhibition Mapping along at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Selected mappings based on explorations undertaken by metroZones are brought together with invited international positions to be discussed. The focus is on the materialization of spatial conflict zones and contradictions: for example, the urban experience of refugees or migrants and their appropriation of spaces, the invasion of the urban by platform economies – highly relevant due to the planned Amazon Tower at Warschauer Brücke in Berlin – or the everyday cultures of urban peripheries.
In recent years, metroZones has increasingly worked with recording procedures in its research and artistic practice. On the one hand, these mapping approaches were integrated into specific processes of exploration and understanding; on the other, they produced independent spatial images that were further processed and manifested themselves in various forms, as an exhibition or wallpaper, as clothing or video. Thus, mapping became a method for metroZones which as a collective and often collaborative process contributed to the (self-) understanding of the Many and at the same time enabled a specific image production.
It is about mapping, not cartography: not so much the product as the process of recording in all its contradictions, for example in terms of legibility, visual languages, or the inscription of time and power. It is about establishing relations, about translation and reconstruction, memory and discourse, about mapping as knowledge production and aesthetic practice.
In Mapping along, a wide variety of mapping formats – on paper, on cloth or on screen, as sound stations or discourse wallpapers, but also in sketchbooks or architectural models – are arranged into a multi-layered parcours. Thereby, the metroZones projects become accessible as spatial chapters – Hellersdorf Research, Refugee Complex, City as Byte or the metroZones School for Urban Action – and are combined with selected guest positions so that different procedures and aesthetics can be read and discussed.
With works by metroZones, Berlin vs. Amazon, Larissa Fassler, Christian Hanussek/Gerda Heck, Im Dissens? (Dagmar Pelger/Stefan Endewardt/Joerg Franzbecker), Daniel Kötter, Diana Lucas- Drogan, Peter Spillmann/MigMap, Pedro Ceñal Murga, Katharina Pelosi, Christoph Schäfer, Denise Scott Brown/Jeremy Tenenbaum, and Tytus Szabelski.
Supplementary Program & Booklet
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks (metroZones saloons), film screenings, and weekend workshops (metroZones School of Urban Action) that examine the practices, aesthetics, and politics and also the margins mapping from a variety of perspectives. In the metroZones schools, the production and readings of mappings can also be practically explored and discussed. In addition to the artists represented in the exhibition, other researchers, artists and activists will participate in the workshops and discussions, including Nishat Awan, Bartek Goldmann, SergioBeltrán-García, Rahima Gambo, Guerilla Architects, Agata Lisiak, Simon Sheikh, Monika Streule, Ulf Treger, and others.
A supplement in the newspaper taz provides an overview of the concept and program, an edited booklet discusses and contextualizes exhibits and positions in more detail (Download-link: https://wolke.metrozones.info/index.php/s/9eEEpoDcqDYAqMq)
metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs The current exposition is curated by Becker, Hanussek, Huffschmid, Lucas-Drogan and Wildner was founded in Berlin in 2007 as an independent association for critical urban research. metroZones (Jochen Becker, Christian Hanussek, Anne Huffschmid, Stephan Lanz, Diana Lucas-Drogan, Oliver Pohlisch, Katja Reichard, Erwin Riedmann, Kathrin Wildner) combines transdisciplinary and artistic research with knowledgeproduction, cultural practice and political intervention at the interface of art, academia and politics.