15 June–28 July 2013
Opening: 14 June 2013


NGBK, Oranienstraße 25


Hilla Ben Ari, Julia Bonn, Robert Burghardt, Chris Campe, Jörn Ebersbach, Stefan Endewardt, Ofir Feldman, Heike Gallmeier, Annette Gödde, Carsten Horn, Laura Nitsch, Christiane Schmidt, Luitgard Wagner, Annette Wehrmann, Anna Witt, Moira Zoitl

Project group

Julia Bonn, Stefan Endewardt, Carsten Horn, Felicita Reuschling, Luitgard Wagner

The exhibition explores utopian concepts and forms of communal life and discusses the extent to which architecture and space are entwined with the division and valuation of domestic work and carework.
“The private is political.” This feminist proposition is the starting point of and motivation for the critical examination of different forms of domesticity, also in regard to the gender-specific coding of the private home as a normative order of the family.
“Domestic Utopias” features artistic positions that deal with different concepts of dwelling. They elucidate, in particular, forms of relationship and divisions of labour as well as the potentials and limits of different forms of living. The exhibition brings the social aspect of habitation to the fore.

A catalogue with texts by Hilde Heynen, Robert Burghardt, Felicita Reuschling, and others will be published by the NGBK in conjunction with the exhibition. ISBN: 978-3-938515-54-9 The contributions formulate various positions on utopia as a historical and contemporary space of possibility in greater depth, relating either directly or in a mediated way to the artworks exhibited.

The core subjects of the exhibition are explored further in several events including discussions, workshops and a film-screening.

Accompanying events:

Fr, 14 June 2013, 19:00
Opening with a performance by Anik Lazar

So, 30 June 2013, 16:00-20:00 exhibition space
Kotti L’Amour – La Commune – Kaffee Kranz
How do we want to live together around the Kottbusser Tor?
An afternoon event with various groups around the Kotti, coffee and cakes, casual conversations, small workshops around the project „collective canteen“.

Thu, 4 Juli 2013, 20:00, NGBK event space, 1st floor
Za Żelazną Bramą
movie evening and discussion with Heidrun Holzfeind (director), who portrays inhabitants of the housing complex Za Żelazną Bramą in Warsaw who talk about their everyday life in a real-socialist living utopia.

Wed, 17 July 2013, 19:00, NGBK event space, 1st floor
Community draft
Produce differently, arrange better? Urban Collectives and own production circumstances. Architects’ perspectives from the 1960ies on.
With Hendrikje Herzberg, Beate Leidreiter, Andreas Reidemeister and Margarete Winkes.

Thu, 25 July 2013, 19:00, NGBK event space, 1st floor
Radical Collective Care Practices: a collective research platform
A presentation within the project initiated in Vienna which compiles various examples of self-organized care practices. .

domestic utopias radio:
So 16 June und 7 July 2013, 20:00, 88,4 Mhz
Sa 15 June und 6 July 2013, 11-12:00 Freies Sender Kombinat, oder 93,0 MHz in Hamburg

Guided tours:
- Sa, 6 July, 15.00 - Carsten Horn
- Sa, 13 July, 15:00 - Julia Bonn (in english)
- Sa, 20 July, 15:00 - Luitgard Wagner
- Sa, 27 July, 15:00 - Felicita Reuschling