Art in public space is currently a far-reaching and widely practiced way of gaining visibility and attention for urban space. On the recommendation of the Art Advisory Committee of the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe, the Department of Art and Culture of the Mitte district of Berlin will develop a pilot project for art in urban space in cooperation with the Department of Art in Urban Space and the Building Department of the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe and implement it as an example at Hansaplatz in the Mitte district.
The pilot project is intended to develop a model character for the state of Berlin. Participation and equal access should be at the centre of this overall project in the development, implementation and use of the artistic works. The aim is to explore the possibilities and limits of such participation formats, taking into account the wishes of residents of Hansaplatz.
The Senate Administration for Culture and Europe is providing funds for the entire city from the budget heading “Artistic Design in Urban Space”.
The time has come in 2019: a total of five temporary works of art will be on display at Hansaplatz in the course of the year. Last year, 15 artists were invited to explore the site, its history, residents and users and to develop artistic concepts. On 14 December 2018, the jury for the art competition recommended the designs of the artists Ulf Aminde, Esra Ersen, Folke Köbberling, Jan Köchermann and Kristina Leko & David Smithson for realisation.
(From the press release of the Bezirksamt Mitte)
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