Zone C is an artist in residency programme


in Berlin Zone C, with a focus on alternative forms of living, participative art and context specific art. During the residency, former trailers become ateliers and spaces of creation. Zone C is built in cooperation with Project House Potsdam and the association InWole.

Events 2019

10.08.18:00: The residency Zone C is presented to the public and the first residency artists, Sara and Mateusz, present their work.
24.08.18:00: The invited artists present their residency projects.
Location of the events: Project House Potsdam, Rudolf-Breitscheidstr. 164, 14482 Potsdam. A tour through the project house is also planned.


Here you can access a text about Saras and Mateusz’ work – the artists invited to join Zone C in 2019 – written by the jury member Dr. Hendrik Budde.


Zone C Team 2019


Jury Members of 2019 Zone C

Dr. Hendrik Budde, Architect and Art Historian, Martin-Gropius-Bau (1988-2016)
Pierre Granoux, Artist and Curator, LAGE EGAL
Natalia Irina Roman, Installation Artist andInstallation art Sara Piotrowska Mateusz SzymanowskiCurator, Site Specific Ideas
Petar Atanackovic, Project House Potsdam

2019 Zone C
Sara Piotrowska and Mateusz Szymanowski

During the residency, Sara and Mateusz did artistic research on the concept of house projects and designed a site specific installation (on the photo on the right) in the yard of Project House Babelsberg. The work was curated by Natalia Irina Roman. Here you can see more photos of the first residency.

“We are a visual artist and an architect based in Cracow. We use tools from both disciplines, art and architecture; building spatial narratives developing inside the space marked or designed by us.  We are most interested in process-oriented projects trying to build platforms open for potential permutations. Platforms that would have a life of its own.” Sara & Mateusz


What is Zone C?

Zone C is 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 a trailer for an artist to not only work in, but re-define. We envision this artist-in-residency as a programme, where not only would the artist engage with the other projects at the project house and residency 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?

The invited artists, architects or makers work process-oriented, and enter our community with the intent of collaborating and shaping their idea inspired by the space and community they will be residing in. Our hope is that whatever the artist chooses to create will continue to exist 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, the residency is 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 the historical, residential area of Babelsberg, 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.

Project House PotsdamProject House Potsdam

How does the Project House Potsdam-Babelsberg support you?

Project House Potsdam-Babelsberg gives the artist access to all components of the Project House, including the practical workshops such as woodwork, metal and pottery. We connect the artist to relevant thought leaders and assist them in organizing workshops and events as part of the residency. The Project House community is here to support the artist every step of the way. In addition, we 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 stipend and assistance with travel and visa issues.

Logistics of the Residency 

The artist-in-residency consists of a three to four week stay between the months of May and June.


Please contact Petar or Natalia at
should you have any questions about the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for this residency?
Zone C is a biennial programme, taking place during summer months. The application process takes place during autumn for the following year. Please keep an eye on our websites for future announcements in this respect.

Can a group of more than one person apply for the residency?
We currently only have the resources for one spot for the upcoming year. 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 stipend.

Is there an honorary?
Yes, we offer a stipend to the selected artist(s), and we are currently applying to procure fully and are hoping to provide more money through grant applications. Zone C prides itself with being a residency programme, which offers a stipend, instead of burdening the artists with fees. 

Will the residency pay for the supplies for the artwork I produce during the residency?
Yes, we intend to do so, however, the amount of costs that we can cover depend on the funding we acquire every edition. Following our selection of an artist for the residency programme, we also 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. We are also supporting the selected artists with know how and official invitation letters to apply for grants in their own countries.

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.

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.

I live already in Berlin or Potsdam, is it possible to participate in the residency remotely?
Living for the three weeks on the premise of the Project House is essential for this residency. In case you are prevented from doing so, we invite you to get in touch nevertheless, to look for other cooperation possibilities, but this will not be part of Zone C.