Berlin/Cape Town Home & Studio Exchange

January 1st to March 31st 2014

Is there somebody out there who would like to live in a central, comfortable 'well appointed' Berlin flat (that comes with a dedicated studio) for 3 months - during all of January, February and March of 2014, in exchange for their own home in the City Bowl of Cape Town. The Berlin initiated project "Nine Urban Biotopes: Negotiating the Future of Urban Living" (which is bringing European artists to work in South Africa, and taking South African artists to work in Europe) is seeking to trade accommodation and house an artist, her partner and their 6 year old son while she works on a project in Cape Town during this time. Any ideas? Please email Terry Kurgan:

Nine Urban Biotopes
Negotiating the Future of Urban Living

NINE URBAN BIOTOPES (9UB) brings together cultural exchange with artistic research in a multi-layered network project on visionary practices for sustainable cities in Europe and South Africa.

With partners in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, London, Paris, Turin and Berlin, the project aims at generating an inclusive trans-local dialogue on bottom-up urban development bridging diverse socio-cultural contexts and concerns. Innovative and practice-proven local initiatives in the fields of migration, housing, provision of livelihoods, mobility, health and public safety will be brought into creative exchange by means of 3x3 community-integrated artist-in-residency programmes, an comprehensive web-based communication platform and an innovative dialogical exhibition and outreach strategy.

CUCR at Goldsmith College (UK) will lead the academic support to the overall project and evaluate it throughout, encouraging and critically accompanying the trans-local and multi-level dialogue, measuring the project’s achievements and impact, and situating the project within the wider theoretical discussion.

9UB is initiated by Berlin-based metropolitan art organisation urban dialogues. Projectpartners are Cape Town Community TV, dala architecture (Durban), Drama for Life Wits University (Johannesburg), id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability (Berlin), Istituto Wesen (Turin), Planact (Johannesburg), Quatorze (Paris) and South London Gallery, as well as Anschlaege (Berlin), CUCR Goldsmiths (London), German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ (Pretoria) and Goethe-Institut South Africa (Cape Town).


Additional Project Description:

“The key goal of this project is to discuss and discover solution models and practical alternatives that reach beyond the key challenges of today’s cities, to bring them in relation and to inform each other, and to strengthen local positions in the articulation of such urban futures.” (9UB EU-1.3.5. application, 2012)

3x3 artistic projects will researchin 3x3 local urban contexts engaging with active citizens and initiators of innovative, ‘self-made’ and ‘street-level’ urban development projects. Close working relations between involved artists, activists and organisations, together with an on-going dialogue with local and international publics, create an exchange of ideas, methods and practical skills in search for local answers to global urban questions whilst bringing into focus the diversity in socio-material conditions within our modern urbanity.

Local network communicators – 9UB’s “embedded/integrated reporters” – will accompany and portray each participatory arts project using social apps and smart phone technology. By means of web-based communication and the power of virtual social networks, the citizens of local participating projects are linked up and become themselves actors in an “arena of exchange”.

“Thanks to the fact that many organizations are involved and the exchange of ideas takes a central place, the proposal promotes intercultural dialogue. This will be done by transferring the project message and deepening the understanding of living conditions in an urban and cultural sense. This is positive since the proposed activities will be interventional as well as participative and especially will be woven into the network of existing projects.” (Strand 1.3.5. Application Evaluation Report)


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