Berlin, Germany

Exploring Atopies (placeless): De-generated Spaces in Berlin

when 9 July 2024 - 14 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 580

This workshop explores Atopies, or placeless, abandoned spaces in the urban territory of Berlin. The participants will grow a self-reflective artistic proposal that display the possible interrelations with these atopies as epistemological domains.

Atopy (absence of place), from the Greek – “placeless”, out of place, special, unusual, extraordinary; It is here understood as spaces that were created in a past moment with specific purposes: producing, inhabiting, marketing; places where specific activities were carried out, but that with the passage of time have been left in oblivion, thus degenerating both their primal function as its material and physical structure. In this way, they occupy a placeless in the territory, an abandoned place.

Two main questions serve as a starting point for the workshop:

What elements towards artistic practice and towards individual and collective perception: light, matter, space, sound, forms, structures, social interaction, natural relation, etc. result from these atopies?

What perceptions, emotions, sensations, knowledge, are derived from these spaces towards artists, taking into account their spatial, formal (physical structure), material and social/cultural characteristics?

Departing from the participants own work, the workshop consists of six block sessions, in which we will work individually or in groups from theoretical and practical conceptual bases, discussing case studies that shed knowledge from praxis, with excerpts presented by both facilitator and participants. Also, field trips, previously defined, to three atopies spaces that serves as epistemological areas in the urban context of Berlin will be made.

Course leader

Fernando Palacios Mateos.

Fee info

EUR 580: EUR 580