Coordinate System

Coordinate System

The Urban Art Platform of Eastern Europe
Tima Radya_Key 2 _Tima Radya, “If only I could embrace you, but I'm just a text”. 2013. Image courtesy Radya.“If only I could embrace you, but I’m just a text”. 2013. Creator: Timofey Radya. All rights reserved.

Exhibition Coordinate System. New urban reality

May, 13.-24./ Opening May, 12. 19.00 / CLB Berlin / Oranienstraße 142, 10969 Berlin

The project COORDINATE SYSTEM brings together Berlin initiatives with selected researchers, artists and cultural entrepreneurs from twelve East and Middle European countries. From May 14-24, the participants present and map current European urban activism art. The public is invited to join the artists during the Art Forum (May 20-21) for artist talks, podium discussions and video screenings. From May 14-19, artists, activists and urban researches join hands in order to network, gather inspiration and draw up projects.

“Processes of a commercialization of space take place radically and rapidly in Russia,” say the curators. “The question is – is it possible to democratize and open up public spaces via artistic interventions?” In the exhibition, which exemplarily focuses on Russia, main actors of the Russian illegal urban art scene scrutinize the ways in which activism art changes urban topographies. Partly monumental installation, partly subtle research, the artistic interventions in urban spaces break and poetize everyday life. At the same time, they are a rebellious call for participation below the economic, institutional and political radar. Grischa and Urban Art Meister 0331C reinvent graffiti art with petroglyphs in an urban context. The Urban Fauna Lab experiments with urbanized flora and fauna. Timofey Radya dominates the urban landscape with his critical, expansive installations. And dance cooperative Isadorino Gore integrates the “unforeseeable and incompatible” in their artistic interventions, “the way the Russian government demonstrates it.”

Artists: Kirill KTO, 0331C & Grisha (Moscow), Timofey Radya (Ekaterinburg), Isadorino Gore (Moscow), Art Group “ZIP” (Krasnodar), Projekt “Urban Fauna Lab”(Moscow), Art Group “Partizaning” (Moscow,St.Petersburg), Vladimir Chernishev (Nizhny Novgorod)

Curators: Igor Ponosov, Aleksandra Yurieva-Civjane, Alexandra Goloborodko (International Cultural Project BUTTERBROT), Alexander Formozov

Opening hours: Saturday, May, 13.  – Wednesday, May, 24. / mo – fr 14.00 – 19.00 , sa + so 12.00 – 19.00, CLB Berlin/ Aufbau Haus, Prinzenstraße 84.2, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg (entry via Oranienstraße)

Opening: Friday, May, 12. / 19.00, with a performancy by the dancing cooperative Isadorino Gore (Moscow)

Forum: Saturday, May, 20. - Sunday, May, 21. / 10.00 - 19.00, betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin, please find more information here about the FORUM.

Organizer/SponsorInternationational Cultural Project Butterbrot, Partizaning, CLB Berlin, betahaus, MitOst e.V.Robert Bosch Stiftung, Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

Medien Partner: Political Critique, taz, Le Monde Diplomatique, Portal Kunstgeschichte, n-ost

- free entry -

More information:

Katja Giebel
Referat Ost- und Südosteuropa
Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Press contact exhibition:
Susanne Clemens
T 0175 5908622