the art of r€nting
Conceived and performed by Shauna Janssen (Canada) and Gian Luigi Biagini (Finland), in collaboration with Eline Koeman (Netherlands) and Heather Donahue (USA).
the art of r€nting was a spatial and discursive intervention conceived for Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Z/KU), which currently occupies a formerly deindustrialized railway depot, based in Moabit, Berlin. As “artists in residence” we wanted to respond to and intervene with the ubiquitous use of the idea of “urban” as a (counter-) cultural marketing concept. The concept of urban is too often used for branding and repurposing de-industrialized spaces into international artist residency programs, as well as exploiting the active nomadism of the artist.
Our action consisted of surrounding Z/KU with 250 metres of ‘caution’ tape designed in blue with the pattern of yellow euro currency. As the public arrived for the Z/KU openhaus on August 27th they were invited to negotiate how they would cross this boundary to enter the building, if they had to pay to enter, if and how they were to engage with the perimetre of the building, with the landscaped public space surrounding the building – the Stadt Garten Moabit – and other diverse users of this space in which the artists’ residency is located.