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The Spreepark Art Space regional research residency in cooperation with the Sophie-Brahe-Gemeinschaftsschule offers artist duos from Berlin and Brandenburg the opportunity to engage intensively with the Spreepark for two years and to organise a creative collaboration with pupils. The focus is not only on collaboration with the young people, but also on viewing the Spreepark as a historical site and a living space of transformation, nature, culture, art and history. The following questions are central to the project: In what way does art enable the interpretation and linking of nature, culture and history of the Spreepark? To what extent do artistic processes and methods contribute to the exploration and development of a place like the Spreepark, both in dialogue with and in contrast to other disciplines? Together we want to explore how the Spreepark Art Space (and the future Spreepark) can become a place that is interesting and welcoming for young people as well as artists and researchers based in Berlin.

The imminent opening of the Spreepark in 2026 and the ongoing construction work are already having a noticeable impact on its surroundings. This dynamic construction situation opens up an exciting field of research for the research residence as a place of change. Every aspect of the transformation, from the sounds of construction machinery to changes in the park's biodiversity, is a living element to be explored and captured. The residency enables the transition from the past to the future to be explored in collaboration with the pupils using various artistic methods.

The Sophie-Brahe-Gemeinschaftsschule, an all-day school for pupils in years 1 to 13, is just a short walk from the Spreepark. Spreepark Art Space and the school have been in regular contact for a number of years, with classes organising short trips, day excursions and project weeks at Spreepark. With our research residency, we would like to further deepen and permanently expand this collaboration in order to meet the needs of teachers and pupils. The school is named after Sophie Brahe, herself an interdisciplinary 17th century researcher in astronomy, chemistry and medicine - a role model for artistic research at Spreepark.

  • Artist duos: Interdisciplinary duos are welcome, whereby at least one person must be actively involved in the visual arts. It is not necessary for the duo to have already worked together as a duo at the time of application; start-ups are possible.
  • Only applications from duos will be considered.
  • Residence in Berlin or Brandenburg, continuous collaboration with the students and regular on-site appointments must be guaranteed.
  • Sufficient knowledge of German is a prerequisite for the collaboration, as the exchange with the students and the school takes place exclusively in German.
  • Artistic research as a creative approach to explore the Spreepark through various artistic methods and processes.
  • Interdisciplinary work as part of the artistic practice.
  • Experience in mediation, especially in working with pupils. 
  • Willingness to engage with the school system and the lifeworlds of pupils, interest in working with young people and motivation to incorporate this into your own artistic practice. 
  • Interest in the Spreepark as a place of transformation, nature, culture, art and history.  
  • Competence in diversity and an awareness of discrimination, special sensitivity to adultism. 

  • Duration of the research residency and school cooperation: two school years (beginning of school year 2024/25 to end of school year 2025/26).
  • Fee per person: € 600 per month.
  • Production budget for the duo: € 2,000 per school year.
  • Material budget for the duo (for the artistic-practical collaboration with the students): € 1,000 per school year.
  • Workspaces: Spreepark, workshop space Flamingos (both depending on the construction site situation), dance hall in the Eierhäuschen, workspaces at the school and the surrounding Plänterwald.
  • All work locations are only temporary available, there is no fixed, permanent work location.
  • Process support in the collaboration with Spreepark Art Space and the school to take into account as many interests and needs as possible.
  • Opportunity to network with experts for the research project.
  • Opportunity to present the artistic and research results of the residency.

  • Continuous collaboration with the students and school as well as regular workshops and other formats with the students on site (at least two dates per month during school hours, dates to be determined at the beginning of the school year).
  • Interim presentation of the research results after half of the residency period for the Spreepark Art Space and the school.
  • Development and coordination of an artistic programme for the school's teachers once a year to inspire their own teaching. Based on artistic positions, materials and texts, discussions and applications for their own lessons are encouraged.  In this context, discussions and classroom applications based on artistic positions, materials and texts, for example, are encouraged.
  • Quarterly exchange meetings with the Spreepark Art Space, the external process support and the school.

  • Project proposal: relevance, originality and coherence of the proposed project with the objectives and priorities of the residency.
  • Experience and skills: experience, skills and potential of the applicants, especially with regard to interdisciplinary collaboration and work with schools and young people.
  • Interdisciplinarity: willingness to integrate and combine different disciplines and approaches in artistic practice.
  • Site-specificity in relation to the Spreepark and its surroundings.
  • Feasibility: assessment of the practical feasibility and realisability of the proposed project within the residency period.

The final decision on the successful application is made by a curatorial board based on the selection criteria. The jury decides by vote which applicants will be nominated. This is followed by a selection interview with the Spreepark Art Space team. The final selection and acceptance is then based on this interview.