Foto: Angelika Fitz
PRODUCTION LAB

Intro

The ACTOPOLIS projects were developed jointly during 2015 in a transnational and interdisciplinary working process (Lab), before they were implemented throughout 2016 in Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Their common ground was established early on by these eight ACTOPOLIS precepts:

  • ACTOPOLIS is a transnational laboratory for art as urban practice.
  • ACTOPOLIS projects and their topics are developed out of the urgency of the social, urban and political context in each city.
  • ACTOPOLIS fosters alliances between artists, activists, urbanists and local communities.
  • ACTOPOLIS projects set things moving: they permit us to see what is possible in impossible situations.
  • ACTOPOLIS projects lend distance: they establish a critical space for the reflection of present-day civil society and its challenges.
  • ACTOPOLIS projects make things visible: they also lend a stage to those city-dwellers, things and issues that are without a voice.
  • ACTOPOLIS projects produce public spheres.
  • ACTOPOLIS actors are not lonely heroes but are curious team players. They seek exchange with protagonists from other cities in South East Europe and Germany.

Exhibition

First stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition was Oberhausen. In March 2017 a two-day symposium marked the beginning of another step in a continuous process of dialogue, exchange, discussion and learning. The exhibition presents project examples from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects show a rich repertoire of options for action to shape and change the cities in which we live in. Actopolis calls for action and inspiration. The exhibition (design NODE, Berlin - Oslo and SSW architects, Berlin) is an action space.


Grand Opening Actopolis Belgrade Exhibition. Photo by Marija Piroki Goethe-Institut 2017


The material presented on 50 panels is supplemented by media stations that show film and video productions of the project. The "public space" of the exhibition - action areas between the semicircular rooms - offers the possibility for local supplements, framework events and workshops.

Before travelling to Greece and Turkey, the Actopolis exhibition will be displayed at the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) in Vienna, Austria, from October 7th - 15th 2017.


Microresidencies

Many of the dialogues that began in the ACTOPOLIS Lab in Oberhausen in autumn 2015 continued during Actopolis Micro-Residencies, a programme of fifty brief reciprocal visits by the participants that took place throughout the project. These visits marked key moments in the emergence of the Actopolis network. Not only did they help to exchange project ideas, learn from other cities, and build up personal relationships, they were also often linked to programmatic events, e.g. workshops, talks or exhibitions.


Actopolis Microresidencies Athen_Michael Pappas



VIDEOS

What do you like most about your city and what causes you most concern? How can artistic practice change the urban space and why is ACTOPOLIS particularly important at the present time? That is what we wanted to learn from the ACTOPOLIS curators at the beginning of our joint project: The videos from seven cities link city portraits with curatorial positions.

Blog

Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • Actopolis Exhibition at Athens School of Fine Arts

    5 October 2017 15:21 by ACTOPOLIS

    Actopolis Athens Exhibition November 2017
    From 4-16 November 2017 the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) will be hosting the Actopolis travel exhibition. The exhibition opening is planned for November 3rd, 7pm.

  • Actopolis Exhibition goes Vienna

    1 October 2017 11:13 by ACTOPOLIS

    Actopolis Exhibition Az W 2017
    From October 7th to October 15th the ACTOPOLIS travel exhibition will stop at Vienna's Az W. Since the beginning of 2017 the Architekturzentrum Wien is directed by Angelika Fitz who initially developed the ACTOPOLIS

  • Opening of the Actopolis Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Bucharest

    10 May 2017 10:45 by ACTOPOLIS

    Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestPhotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestPhotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The projects produced as part of Actopolis Bucharest were assembled in an unique interactive exhibition that was opened on April 6th 2017 at Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

  • Exhibition Opening ARCUB Bucharest

    8 May 2017 16:25 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The second stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition was opened in Bucharest on April 5th 2017 at ARCUB - The Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality.



  • Opening of the Actopolis Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Bucharest

    8 May 2017 16:21 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The projects produced as part of Actopolis Bucharest were assembled in an unique interactive exhibition that was opened on April 6th 2017 at Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

  • Interviews: Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Actopolis Bucharest)

    3 May 2017 18:40 by ACTOPOLIS

    Ștefan Ghenciulescu recently gave two interviews, speaking about the two exhibitions at ARCUB and Goethe-Institut, different forms of participation and why Oberhausen and Bucharest-South have more in common than one might think.

  • Press: Actopolis on Scena9 (in Romanian)

    1 April 2017 13:53 by ACTOPOLIS

    Vlad Odobescu for Scena9
    Vlad Odobescu wrote two articles about Actopolis - The Art of Action for the Romanian online magazine for arts and culture Scena9.

  • Fresh off the press: The Actopolis Publication

    13 March 2017 23:27 by ACTOPOLIS

    Publication Actopolis Jovis Berlin
    Fresh off the press: The bilingual Actopolis publication is now available with Berlin-based Jovis publishers. Follow this LINK to have a look inside or order your copy!

  • #OBERHAUSEN: Actopolis. The Symposium

    13 March 2017 23:12 by ACTOPOLIS

    Actopolis Symposium Oberhausen 2017
    Actopolis. The Symposium: As yet another step in a continuous process of dialogue, exchange, discussion and learning a symposium will be held in Oberhausen on the occasion of the opening of the ACTOPOLIS Exhibition.

  • Exhibition Opening Oberhausen

    12 March 2017 18:32 by ACTOPOLIS

    invitation flyer cropped actopolis exhibition Oberhausen

    We are pleased to invite you to attend the opening of the Actopolis Exhibition in Oberhausen!

    Oberhausen will be the first stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition that will travel 11 cities throughout 2017. Actopolis. The Exhibition is showcasing the results of productions in seven cities as well as providing an action space for local visitors.

    Exhibition Opening:
    16.03.2017, 7pm
    (Registration required via info@urbanekuensteruhr.de)

    To download the invitation as a pdf please follow this link.

  • ACTOPOLIS in Oberhausen: Activists wanted!

    7 March 2017 00:09 by ACTOPOLIS

    acropolis flag

    ACTOPOLIS travelled on to Oberhausen in autumn 2016. “We are building a new city” was the slogan put out by the artist collective geheimagentur, which carried out various actions relating to the themes of experiencing and joining in: there was a chewing gum museum to discover, some garden plots were created in the city centre, and there was even the possibility of meeting a monster. In all the actions the paramount question was, how do we want to live together and what do we need for this. Now the concluding exhibition gives you a chance to find out how the results of these actions are to be seen in the context of the other ACTOPOLIS projects.

  • Introducing the Actopolis Glossary!

    7 November 2016 17:06 by ACTOPOLIS

    Visualization taken from the architectural concept of Stadelman Schmutz Wössner Architects, Berlin, based on the design of NODE Oslo Berlin
    Work on the exhibition and catalogue has begun! We are currently finalizing timetables, reviewing estimated costs and technical data, contacting publishing houses, editing written materials and collecting visuals. One of the main organizational components underlying the exhibition is the Actopolis Glossary.


  • #MICRORESIDENCY_ANKARA: KURS (Miloš Miletić and Mirjana Radovanović)

    3 November 2016 13:10 by ACTOPOLIS

    KURS Microresidency in Ankara. Photo by KURS
    At the invitation of Pelin Tan, curator of the Ankara/Mardin part of Actopolis, we spent seven days in Ankara, which provided us with an opportunity to meet other collectives and artists as well as to share experiences in our field of practice. We also had the opportunity to visit Istanbul on our way back to Belgrade and had a chance to see different art spaces there, that our partners from Ankara recommended we visit.

  • #MICRORESIDENCY_ATHENS#4: Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen

    12 August 2016 10:51 by ACTOPOLIS

    For the forth microresidency in Athens, media scientist and activist, Özge Çelikaslan, and Alper Şen, an artist and activist of Turkish art collective Artikisler came to Greece to work on and present their project The Residual. Local Observer Vassiliki Grammatikogianni wrote about their presentation. Photos by Vangelis Patsialos.


    MICRORESIDENCY_ATHENS#4: Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen. Photo: Vangelis Patsialos


    During the past two years persecution and poverty have driven over one million people to leave their homes and seek asylum in Europe. Europe, however, was not prepared to receive them. The stream of refugees has shaken Europe’s very foundations. Now people are accusing each other and are placing the blame on the shoulders of the others; they are closing borders and speaking about perpetrators and victims. And yet, at the heart of all these aspects are people. Because it is people who are behind all the statistics. People whose lives have been destroyed by war. Within the framework of the ACTOPOLIS programme a new light has been shed on the subject of refugees.

  • #MICRORESIDENCY_ATHENS#3: WE ARE VISUAL, RALUCA VOINA AND Daniela Palimariu

    12 July 2016 12:17 by ACTOPOLIS

    The Temporary Academy of Arts invited four ACTOPOLIS participants to the Final Show of the Soft Power Lectures. During the event in the basketball hall of Panteion Univerisity, Vassiliki Grammatikogianni had the chance to speak to all of them. Photos by Michael Pappas


    Vassiliki Grammatikogianni speaking with WE ARE VISUAL. Photos by Michael Pappas

  • #MICRORESIDENCY_ATHENS#2: Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley

    13 May 2016 14:32 by ACTOPOLIS

    #‎INTERVIEW‬: Listen to what artist duo Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley have to say about tourism, archaeology and infrastructures:

    INTERVIEW ON THE ACTOPOLIS FACEBOOK PAGE

    As part of the ACTOPOLIS microresidencies the two artists spent a few days in the Greek capital to explore the city's archaeological museums and meet their collegues of the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) at Constantinos Hadzinikolaou’s performance lecture "From Sunset to Sunrise".

  • #Microresidency_Athens#1: Ana Dana Beroš, Yelta Köm, Mirjana Utvić and Danijela Dugandžić

    20 April 2016 16:41 by ACTOPOLIS

    The first few visits to Athens as part of the Actopolis Microresidencies were Ana Dana Beroš (ACTOPOLIS ZAGREB), Danijela Dugandžić (ACTOPOLIS SARAJEVO), Yelta Köm (ACTOPOLIS ANKARA/ MARDIN) and Mirjana Utvić (ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE). Follow the links underneath the names to watch the interviews recorded by journalist Thembi Wolf.

    Microresidency Athens 2016

  • #Mikroresidenz_Athen#1: Ana Dana Beroš, Yelta Köm, Mirjana Utvić und Danijela Dugandžić

    20 April 2016 16:41 by ACTOPOLIS

    Für die ersten Mikroresidenzen in Athen wurden Ana Dana Beroš (Zagreb), Yelta Köm (Ankara/Mardin), Mirjana Utvić (Belgrad) und Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (Sarajevo) eingeladen. Die Journalistin Thembi Wolf führte für uns Interviews mit den vier Residenten:

    Microresidency Athens 2016

  • # PRODUCTION LAB 2 – IMPRESSIONS

    24 November 2015 14:10 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer SchlautmannCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer SchlautmannCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer SchlautmannCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer SchlautmannCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Rainer Schlautmann
    Impressions from the ACTOPOLIS LAB, autumn 2015 in Oberhausen

  • # Production Lab 2 – OUTLOOK

    15 October 2015 16:01 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Rainer Schlautmann
    The search for new interfaces between art, urbanism and activism is firmly embedded in the concept of ACTOPOLIS. In the ACTOPOLIS Lab in the autumn of 2015 the experimental search became a common transnational project. Now it is a question of the concrete implementation, which in 2016 will also be accompanied by an inter-city and inter-disciplinary exchange.

  • # Production Lab 2 – TOPICS

    2 October 2015 16:00 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Rainer Schlautmann
    Acting in a local urban context but forming part of a transnational network; the question of urban collectives and a new “urban citizenship”; the formation of broad alliances between city-dwellers; and the stabilisation of self-organised practices in view of the crisis of public (cultural) institutions – it is in this conflict situation that the challenge of ACTOPOLIS lies.

  • # Production Lab 2 – MIGRATION

    1 October 2015 15:59 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Rainer Schlautmann
    Our inter-city approach has become even more necessary in view of the situation of the people who are currently fleeing their homeland: from Mardin in Turkey, which lies 40 kilometres from the Syrian border, via Athens, Belgrade or Zagreb, which lie directly on the current routes taken by refugees. Migration and displacement are not only abstract topics; they equally form a part of the biographical experience of many of the participating artists, urbanists and curators.

  • # Production Lab 2 – HOW TO ACT?

    30 September 2015 15:57 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Rainer Schlautmann
    The sub-title “The Art of Action” determined many of the conversations of the ACTOPOLIS Lab in Oberhausen. “Action” was discussed in the context of activity and the ability to act, that is to say in a context which extended from the direct bringing about of concrete change in the urban context via the creation of areas of encounter to serve matters of public concern to the reappraisal and storage of the history of activism.

  • # Production Lab 2 – THE EXPERIMENT

    30 September 2015 15:56 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Rainer Schlautmann
    The ACTOPOLIS Lab on 28 and 29 September 2015 in Oberhausen was an experiment with an uncertain outcome. The artists, urbanists and curators from the seven participating cities made their concepts and ideas mutually accessible at a very early stage. For this very reason it was possible to investigate together the contradictions and potentials of the concepts, to exchange strategies and methods and to start thinking about joint inter-city projects for 2016.

  • # Production Lab 2

    22 September 2015 10:11 by ACTOPOLIS

    Cultural protagonists from Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb will be meeting for the second ACTOPOLIS Production Lab in the Ruhr region during the autumn of 2015. Following the curators (see Production Lab 1), now artists and urbanists will be presenting their project ideas at the transnational ACTOPOLIS round table. The collective production process is intensifying. Which urgent topics link the seven cities? How can alliances between art, urbanism and activism be established and what can the cultural actors from the various cities learn from each other?

  • # Human Hotel Actopolis

    5 July 2015 09:53 by ACTOPOLIS

    Human Hotel is a hospitality project by the Danish artists’ group Wooloo: “We use ‘hospitality’ as the medium to forge meaningful and lasting connections among those who want to share their knowledge, interests, and passions with others around the globe.” So that the international participants in the ACTOPOLIS Production Lab in Oberhausen in September 2015 can gain a living impression of the city and experience personally what the everyday lives of the people who live here is really like, they will be accommodated as far as possible in the homes of private hosts. At the same time this form of accommodation allows the hosts from Oberhausen to get to know the artists and urbanists from South-East Europe and to become a part of the ACTOPOLIS network.

    www.humanhotel.com/#/event/actopolis
    www.humanhotel.com

  • # Production Lab 1

    2 April 2015 09:58 by ACTOPOLIS

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei CiobicăCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică
    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Andrei Ciobică

    In March 2015 the ACTOPOLIS curators from Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/Mardin, Sarajevo and Zagreb met for the first time to exchange their curatorial ideas.