Site Specific Ideas is an interdisciplinary platform dealing with various aspects of our cities, started 2010. Site Specific Ideas is also a platform dedicated to exploring site-specific art practices and the evolution of this concept. Through context specific art, both site and discourse responsive, various spaces and places are presented in a different light: architectural, historical or sociological features are highlighted to tell (some of) their stories through a mix of materials, from light to plants, and from performance to text. Asphalt Grün shows the abandoned Christmas trees of Berlin in a different light with a site-specific installation designed for the Plattenvereinigung, at a time when the building was still in construction in the Peter-Behrens-Halle. Nowadays, one can visit the small concrete building on the former Tempelhof airport. This is also where the storytelling project One Month, 31 Portraits begun – a platform where Berliners tell about the former airport or about ships of a city without a sea, be it house boats or floating otherworldly restaurants in Berlin. Follow the line follows a chalk line on grass, traveling from the Löwenpalais, in the former West Berlin, to Biesdorf Park, in the former East, in search of an utopian symmetry.
Sometimes living sculptures, including plants, breathing works, set in motion by the passer by or documentaries, the Site Specific Ideas projects highlight the potential of spaces (sometimes hidden) in front of our eyes; they re-integrate objects and places into the visible urban landscape morphology.
Another thread of Site Specific Ideas builds on a series of events on the concept of transformation of (disused) spaces, such as the event on the former church, now an art gallery in Alexandrinenstraße or the events on the former interlocking towers – stations for art in public space, disrupting the every day of an automatic travel to work or to school.
Photo (by Ekaterina Bodyagina) of the event on the topic of disused spaces of the Deutsche Bahn, at the Nicolaihaus (Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz), with Udo Dittfurth (S-Bahn Museum), Dr. Michael Hölzinger (Deutsche Bahn), Prof. Frank Eckardt (Bauhaus University Weimar).