Join us to place your bets as part of ZK/U Fußballa balla alternative world cup season
What better way to record the bond between you and your team than a tat? Dream of Moabit's golden cinema years while spinning the wheel of your future. Bet with friends or the Kasino to win unique body artwork or tattooing rights over another person's body.
Through a canny mix of market speculation and personalised insignia the tattoo parlour will explore the problem of belonging. At the heart of a recurrent debate around the accelerated state and private advances upon the city's innards, the Kasino gyrates with each of us, entangled in the stomach of the predators.
The Kasino accepts wagers and bets evaluated by the location and size of the proposed tattoo. We currently trade in tattoos only however informal and alternative currencies may be employed and combined during bets between customers. The Kasino may later move into alternative forms of trade as it seeks to understand the potential of alternative, crypto, and skills-based currencies in the critique of the more formalised (yet abstracted) money-form.
The youth theatre group Jungend Theatra Büro(JTB)/Grenzen Los! Initiative, 2012
The Objective Dialogues project emerged from a collaboration between two interdisciplinary collectives - Wasteland Twinning Network and The Anxious Prop. The project focuses on different subjects of inquiry through collective investigation. Since its inauguration Head has been central to developing the project with the JTB, Berlin-Moabit.
Objective Dialogues at Wasteland Twinning Network Forum
Throughout 2013 Objective Dialogues has been engaged in an extended exploration of Berlin-Moabit, partly facilitated by our work with the Grenzen Los! / JTB theatre group based in the district. The JTB are centrally concerned with anti-racism and anti-islamaphobia in contemporary Germany. In 2013 a central piece produced by the company - run primarily by youths - dramatises the current conflicts around race, asylum and multicultural Europe against the turbulent political fever of 1930's Berlin.
Activity at ZK/U, Berlin-Moabit, 2013
Invited to accompany the JTB company within this years FESTIWALLA theatre festival we sought to re-design the Objective Dialogues Y-Table as a form of 'theatrical machine'. Driven by character-objects the short stories written by a public between the ages of 4 - 60yrs were worked into improvised theatre by the JTB cast before being performed at the close of each day.
The public were offered factual data concerning a selection of historical characters from Berlin-Moabit including Rosa Luxumburg, once interned in the Moabit prison and murdered in the nearby Tiergarten park, the model and international heart throb Uschi Obermaier, and Sunny and Rico of Moabit Vice a local inversion of Miami Vice. Other Moabitian members of the cast we assembled in the form of assorted objects include the radical Red priest Gunther Dehn, the art collective KUNSTrePUBLIK and the famous Brothers Sass bank thieves known for introducing the welders torch to the bankers safe in the 1930's.
As a means to activate these theatrical / art / pedagogic objects, a series of locations were selected from Moabit accompanied by a series of verbs. On photographing a chosen object the pubic activated a slot-machine projection of three split images in the manner of rolling slot machine icons: the first image gave the user a verb, the second displayed the selected object and the third section presented a location within Moabit from which to develop the narrative. These elements were brought together in a print-out designed with enough blank space for users to type their re-worked historical piece using an original 1930's issue Adler typewriter.
Shots from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
The Forum brought together the project partners of the Wasteland Twinning Network from Europe, Asia, USA and Australia to present, reflect and contribute to a wide discussion concerning the potential and responsibility of engaging in temporary use projects and research within the fabric of urban society.
As the inaugural event of the ZK/U, the Wasteland Twinning Network Forum made use of the clean slate offered by the venues exposed architecture. The main hall was approached as a seminar arena and gallery space that was utilised to host presentations, discussions artworks.