DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT. Participatory Art interventions 
in Berlin 2000-2020

facilitated by Club Real (Georg Reinhardt & Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck)
11 – 21st of June 2018

What possibilities did berlin in the early 2000s offer to participatory art in public space, what happened to the spaces where such interventions took place and where can we find inspiring cracks and voids in the body of the city today?

The unique situation in Berlin after the fall of the wall was inspiring for art and community projects in public space. With the collapse of GDR Institutions and economy, hundreds of buildings and open spaces became “useless” and potential places for something new.


On day 1 the workshop starts with a walk through the city and a look back to three projects of interim use in this time where Club Real was involved: VOLKSPALAST in the former, now gone “Palace of the Republic”, where today the reconstruction of the imperial castle is almost completed, Mikroweltenschau, on the site of a former house that was not rebuilt after the war, and the artificial excavation Gudrun 1876-2010 on the vast open space of the former Airport Tempelhof.

What happened to the spaces where these interventions took place? Did the projects leave any traces in the city or influence the following transformations? As a comparison to these temporary art interventions that have disappeared and partly to their sites, we visit and discuss the ambivalence of art projects that start as a squat and later become permanent: Holzmarkt and RAW Gelände.

On day 2 we discuss where the inspiring cracks and voids in the body of Berlin can be found today. What changes have to be made in concepts and strategies of art interventions in a city that is becoming more and more dense and utilized?

After the excursion and discussion we start with Ideenwerkstatt (days 3-5): The participants work alone or in small teams to find an idea for interventionist tools/practices that deal with the changes in the development of the city. We use the concept of “disturbances of everyday life” to inspire the participants to find promising ideas. The ideas can be developed in a simple presentation with videos/animations, drawings, texts or as a performance.

Finally, on days 6-7 the process and results of the workshop are presented and discussed in the group. The presentation will happen in a public space and work in the logic of an intervention in the city.

Materials: Films, texts, structural drawings and info-graphics, examples for performative tools and media campaigns.

Excercises: Excursion, Discussion, Ideenwerkstatt for interventions, participatory tools, performance design and media campaigns, Presentation as Intervention.

Group: Open to 10 - 15 participants. Participants: Students of art, cultural and social sciences and management as well as artists and others that work or want to work with interventions in public urban space are specifically welcomed to apply. People who have a general interest in the relations of art, city development and political questions.

We expect that the excursions and presentation of the situation in Berlin will widen the perspective on the possibilities and limitations of participation in art and art interventions in public urban spaces. The 5 examples and discussion of temporary and permanent art interventions in the city will help to develop a view on what art can and cannot change in a city. Ideenwerkstatt will help the participants to become more open to teamwork in finding and developing ideas and help and inspire them to develop their own tools for participatory artwork in urban contexts.

About the facilitator
The interdisciplinary artists collective Club Real (Founded in 2000) devises and realizes participatory, site specific art projects. The main formats include: immersive installations, one to one encounters, political role-plays and participative urban development projects. The meaningful involvement of the art recipients resulting in unique not predeterminable artistic outcome is at the center of Club Real’s participatory concept. In 2005 Club Real (together with Raumlabor Berlin, Sophiensaele and HAU) created the performative installation „Der Berg“ in the former Palast der Republik opposite the Berliner Dom in order to open up and redefine the the derelict East German people’s palace as „Volkspalast“. The performance collective continued their work in derelict ex communist sites and participated in „Hotel Neustadt“ a performance Parcours in a derelicts students’s residence, initiated 2 temporary projects on vacant lots in Berlin and used an unused ruin of a communist shop as to create the dreamers socialist factory. In Vienna Club Real built the interactive growing museum of Islamic -Austrian relations (an immersive installation) and in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the collective turned the investment ruin of a shopping center into the site of a horror novel (both projects in 2010) From 2015 to 2017 Club Real applied their methods to the situation of a state theatre: the Kleist Forum. The collective took participation one step further and created together with the citizens of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice „Folkstheater/Teatr Ludowy“. The project will result in a publication at the publishing house „Theater der Zeit“ about collective forms of art creation. Publishing date is 1st November 2018. Permanent members are Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck, Georg Reinhardt, Mathias Lenz and Thomas Hauck and we currently have five associated members (Silke Lange, Tuire Tuomisto, Sebastian Mauksch, Paz Ponce and Christoph Theußl). We are happy about our continuous cooperation with the Finnish group Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus and the Cuban Arte contextual centre LASA in Havana.


- Projects 2010-2018 www.clubrealblog.com

- Projects 2000-2010 www.clubreal.de

- Films www.vimeo.com/clubrealberlin