What is Zone C?
We are seeking a collaboration with an artist, architect or city researcher who is passionate about urban development and unique forms of living. We are Project House Potsdam-Babelsberg, an alternative housing project, who has the fortune of having two trailers for an artist to not only live in, but re-define. We envision this artist-in-residency as a programme, where not only would the artist engage with the programmes at the project house and project at hand, but will also get to actively research and work with the community on the issues of housing in Berlin, Potsdam and the wider area around it – fondly known as Zone C.
Who are we seeking?
We are seeking artists who are prepared to take the trailers and turn them into vehicles of their own imagination. We are looking for artists who work process-oriented, and will enter our community with the intent of collaborating and shaping their idea inspired by or to the space and community they will be residing in. Our hope is that whatever the artist chooses to create will continue to exist even after the artist’s residency comes to an end and will nurture the infrastructure we currently have in place.
The Background of the Programme
Situated as the Project House in Potsdam and within Zone C, we plan to have the residency be an active contribution to the ongoing debates about the scarcity of living and working space in Berlin, Potsdam and other places in Brandenburg. We are situated on the precipice of the issue – a mere half an hour from the centre of Berlin and located in a historical, residential area known for its inaccessible, historical homes. The raising rents and pressure of commercialization are acute problems in these spaces, problems which we hope to address with our project by making (more) alternative forms of living visible, by creating new models and fueling the discourse about this
This first residency is the beginning of what we hope will be a starting point for spreading Europe-wide alternative housing projects — to question the decision-making processes of institutions and policy makers, and to allow participation of non-commercial and non-state agents to engage outside of the classical framework.
How will the Project House Potsdam-Babelsberg support you?
Project House Potsdam-Babelsberg will give the artist access to all components of the Project House, including the practical workshops such as woodwork, metal and pottery. We will connect the artist to relevant thought leaders and will assist them in organizing workshops and events to raise awareness. The Project House community will be here to support the artist every step of the way. In addition, we will introduce the artist and connect them to a wide network of other house projects and art space both in Potsdam and Berlin. The residency includes a honorary of 400 Euro and assistance with travel and visa issues.
Logistics of the Residency & How to Apply
The artist-in-residency will consist of a three week stay, between June and September 2019. The exact time frame is agreed with the artist
Please send the following documents to
by December 1st 2018, 18 O’clock
-Portfolio: max. 10 pages, including relevant former projects from the past five years, no more than 10 MB
-Short Vita and max. 1 page motivation, explaining why do you apply for Zone C, and how does this residency fit in your artistic development
-Please include time information on your choice of three consecutive weeks of Zone C
Please contact Petar or Natalia at
should you have any questions about the programme.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an honorary?
There is an honorary of 400 euros, that we are currently still applying to procure fully and are hopig to provide more money through grant applications after we select the artist.
Will the residency pay for the supplies for the artwork I produce during the residency?
We do not at this time have guaranteed funding for more than the honorary of 400 euros. Following our selection of an artist for the residency programme, we will apply for further funding and hope to receive enough to cover all costs associated with the residency. The artist will, however, be given access to some materials from the property of the Project House to use in their work.
I would be traveling internationally. Will the residency cover my flights?
We encourage people across the globe to apply for the residency! We do not, however, at this time have guaranteed funding to pay for flights. Following our selection of an artist for the residency programme, we will apply for further funding and hope to receive enough to cover all costs associated with the residency.
Will the residency assist with the Visa?
If an application for a Visa is necessary, we will provide the necessary paperwork to help the artist enter Germany and help them with the process but will not be able to assist with the costs associated.
Can I reconstruct the trailer?
As this trailer is a part of a community and Project House, any changes to the structure of the trailer must first be approved by the Project House.
Can a group of more than one person apply for the residency?
We currently only have the resources for one spot for the 2019 summer. That being said, if two or more people are willing to share the space of the trailer and collaborate on their art, we would be open to them both participating in the residency. All resources would have to be split between the group, including the honorary.
Is there any application fee?
No, there is not.
Is there any age limit?
No, we invite artists of all ages and nationalities to apply.