The name, WIRWIR, connects to the history of the 49m2 space. Amongst its many iterations of use, it was once a brothel created specifically for Turkish clientele. The word vır vır means brothel in Turkish street slang and by changing a few letters, but not the pronunciation, the name WIRWIR, meaning we we, was born.
WIRWIR is part of DÉRIVE UG - which is an umbrella organization that has hosted a wide variety of projects over the years such as; SONNTAG, PICTURE BERLIN, DETLEF, and IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS. The concept of WIRWIR was and continues to be developed by Adrian Schiesser and April Gertler. Over the years they have recognised a need to experiment with varying formats for artistic presentation and creation and in doing so, create multiple access points. Those formats have included collaborative artist walks, a parade/demonstration, an art bar, lecture/baking performances, and exhibitions in other people's homes.
WIRWIR will host ongoing projects, and will also develop new projects which will continue to shift formats by offering varying platforms for art works and artists.
Have a listen to April and Adrian talk about WIRWIR for ART NEXT DOOR - a podcast by Tuce Erel.
WIR BAUEN EINE NEUE STADT is a three chapter series of exhibitions, workshops, performances, artist walks and food actions.
BUILD: examines the physicality of a city. Exploring questions of materiality, landscape, in addition to ecological resources used; the exhibition, performance and artist walk will focus on these concepts from a wide perspective. Artists and an architect included in this chapter are; Van Bo Le Mentzel (DE), Shannon Bool (CA), Andrew J. Burford (ZA), Onur Ceritoğlu (TR), and James Chan (HK) & Miriam Neubauer (DE).
IDENTIFY: Berlin is home to over 190 nationalities and as a result Chapter Two considers the definition of a city through its inhabitants and their food.
A series of food events will explore not only how communities come together but how a community is defined by food and traditions in addition to mending what is broken. Artists included in this chapter are; Soydivision (ID), Wieder zuhause Flicken (DK) and April Gertler (US) & Idil Morsallioglu (TR)
ACTIVATE: How do communities interact and connect to one another? Chapter Three contemplates the activation of communities through interactive workshops on using found natural plant materials and waste materials, in addition to artist walks through various parts of Neukölln. Artists included in this chapter are; Lucila Kenny (AR), Maureen de Jong (NL), Adrian Schiesser (DE) and April Gertler (US)
23 JUNE : 19.30h
JENDELA SONORAMA is a listening session paired with an appetizer. Soydivision will try to unpack musical histories that deal, subtly or not, with the (often violent) devices, legacies, and complexities of colonialism.
(in collaboration with Uli Aigner's ONE MILLION!)
€10 per person
Contact us to sign up!
There are limited spaces available!
Sound performance inside a 7m3 container.
27 JUNE: 19h
(Please be punctual)
27 JUNE: 19.45h start time
Back in 2015, Adrian and April met the Austrian artist Uli Aigner. They invited her to participate in SONNTAG which she did in 2016. She showed the first 250 vessels from her (then) new project EINE MILLION. The premise of the project was to make one million ceramic vessels for the rest of her life.
We were thrilled to work with her and she was equally happy to have a chance to show the new project in Berlin for the first time.
Since then, conversations, collaborations, apple strudels and much more have been shared. After telling Uli about WIRWIR she offered to lend WIRWIR her project TERRITORIAL CLAIM for a year.
TERRITORIAL CLAIM is a project within EINE MILLION created in 2016 - it includes 206 vessels of all shapes and sizes. Every vessel has a country written on it and every country is a member state of the United Nations.
It is with incredible thanks to Uli Aigner and Michal Kosakowski for entrusting WIRWIR with this amazing project for the next year.
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