bi'baxchange aims to showcase cross-border collaborations with cultural actors, project spaces and initiatives. Based on interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation projects, bi'baxchange seeks to exchange ideas, perspectives and know-how. In lecture performances, pop-up exhibitions, readings and presentations, bi'baxchange focuses on the decentralized, rhizomic connection between art, design, academics, participation, urban space and local activism.
After 1945, one of the major challenges of Germany's reconstruction was the creation of living space. The general principles of pre-war modernism, which were based off of efficient new construction methods, provided a blueprint for the “city of tomorrow”, a radical departure from the old industrial city with its tenements, dark courtyards and narrow streets. The modernisation of the “urban body” has been described as a healing process which requires authority and guidance from above. By the mid-1960’s, however, the revolution against the so-called “Kahlschlagsanierung”, a process carried out en masse, begun. The relationship between participation and intransparent planning processes, between expensive new construction and affordable pre-existing housing remains contested today more than ever before. Against this background, the two-part film series Das Morgen im Jetzt presents a selection of historical and contemporary short films which primarily use artistic means to examine the reality of the modern city, as well as exemplary approaches to alternative models of architecture and living.
Florian Wüst is an independent film curator, artist, and publisher based in Berlin. He co-founded the Berlin Journals—On the History and Present State of the City. Since 2016 he works as film and video curator of transmediale.
The second film program shows current films which question the feasibility of utopias. The now 96-year-old architect Yona Friedman explains, in 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory. Improvisation # 1 by Michael Klein and Sasha Pirker (2018), his theory of architecture, one based both on self-help and the importance of the seemingly casual and quotidian to the practice of an alternative urban coexistence. Heidrun Holzfeind's two-part film the time is now (2019) portrays the Japanese artist couple Toshio and Shizuko Orimo, known by the name of IRO, who combine musical experimentation, political activism and sustainable living in the most intimate manner. Holzfeind stages an IRO performance around the Inter-University Seminar House by architect Takamasa Yosizaka in Hachioji near Tokyo: it is an outstanding example of modernist civilization-critical architecture.
60 elephants. Episodes of a Theory. Improvisation # 1, Michael Klein, Sasha Pirker, AT / FR 2018, 22 Min.
the time is now I + II, Heidrun Holzfeind, AT / JP / SE 2019, 48 Min.
Margarita Tsomou is a sholar in cultural science in Berlin. She is curator of theory and discourse at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, professor for contemporary theater practice in Osnabrück and co-founder of Missy magazine.