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What do people think of Hohenschönhausen? The answer is provided by interviews in the exhibition "Full Comfort"

The studio im HOCHHAUS will be showing artistic works by Seraphina Lenz and Sonya Schönberger under the title “Full Comfort” from November 8th to January 17th.
The exhibition will be on Tuesday, November 7th, 7pm Opened in the studio in HOCHHAUS, Zingster Straße 25, together with the artists.
The exhibition “Full Comfort” gives an insight into participatory art. On the one hand, it shows the results of Sonya Schönberger's research, who interviewed the residents of Zingster Straße 25 this year. She conducted 25 interviews with residents and summarized them in a publication. The project was funded by the district culture fund. The book can be touched, read in and experienced as an installation in the exhibition.
On the other hand, the exhibition shows an overview of the participatory works that Seraphina Lenz has realized in Berlin since 1999. The artistic implementation of your ideas is made visible with different media: artifacts, installations, photos, videos.

Seraphina Lenz
The city has been the location and subject of Seraphina Lenz's work since 1999. That year she cut out the word “woolly rhinos” from a lawn in Berlin's Körnerpark. Grass and daisies that had not been mowed for a few weeks remained as monumental lettering while she meticulously shaved away the negative form with an edge cutter. This first public work lasted many days and led to the discovery that public work encourages passers-by to comment. Even more: you could start surprising conversations on location-related topics.
The performative interventions that Seraphina Lenz has been developing for urban space since then are suggestions for change. They make the malleability of urban space visible and create a public in which the design of the shared space can be thematized. The works have the character of productions in which a team of invited artists and a group of local residents collaborate.
For the green night (Areale Neukölln 2001) the artist asked the residents of a 23-story skyscraper to install green light bulbs in the lamps of their apartments for one night in an information campaign lasting several weeks. In the end, a public image emerged from the private rooms through the simultaneous minimal action.
With the workshop for change, she realized her design concept for the Carl-Weder-Park, commissioned by the Neukölln district office through a competition. It describes the use of the surface as a three-dimensional, creative process. The artistic intervention consisted of creating a transformation of the park every summer for an entire decade. Among other things, the park became a horse paddock, a vegetable garden, a nighttime reading room and a film set. Over the years, the importance of the urban space as a performance location became increasingly evident in these works.
In the most recent Anspiel project, Seraphina Lenz was interested in the residents' perspective on the 2017 International Garden Exhibition in Marzahn Hellersdorf. At the invitation of the IGA's curated art process, she researched in the district from 2013 to 2016. This resulted in the play ensemble with 16 local protagonists. For almost a year there were weekly rehearsals and discussions. With the actress and director Anja Scheffer and the ensemble, the artist realized a performance that presented the urban environment with historical and current aspects in the garden exhibition. The ensemble moved across the site, taking up space, standing in the way, forming sound showers and dialogic choirs.

Sonya Schönberger
At the Eighth Congress of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in 1971, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the SED and Chairman of the State Council of the GDR, Erich Honecker, announced the plan to increase people's material and cultural standard of living through the unity of economic and social policy. This also included a housing construction program that was supposed to create adequate living space for all GDR citizens by 1990. By means of industrial technologies such as the prefabricated construction, the prerequisites for a higher construction output were created and the social infrastructure was planned from the start. As a result of this planning, Neu-Hohenschönhausen was also created. On February 9, 1984, Honecker laid the foundation stone for the new large estate at Barther Strasse 3. At that time the area between the villages of Falkenberg, Malchow and Wartenberg and the southern Alt-Hohenschönhausen was an area with sewage fields and offered a lot of space for the promised action against the housing shortage. Around 30,000 apartments for 90,000 people were built in the five years that followed.
The artist Sonya Schönberger, who herself lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg, went to this supposed stranger in the summer of 2017, a part of Berlin that she had not consciously looked at before. She wanted to know how one lives there, how one feels in relation to the rest of the city, how the generations and different cultures meet there, how one remembers the GDR and experienced the change.
She conducted 25 interviews with residents of Zingster Strasse 25, which also houses the communal gallery studio in the HOCHHAUS. “Zingster Straße 25” is also the title of the interview book that was created in cooperation with the gallery and the Berliner Hefte publishing house.
The project was funded by the district culture fund.

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