The Forage
May 13 – 16, 2021
Sculpture route in the public space of Berlin Moabit

With Özlem Altin, Natalie Brück, Oliver Bulas, Kitsum Cheng, Zuzanna Czebatul, Monika Dorniak & Martin Kohout, Dora Dukesac, Itamar Gov, Julia Gryboś & Barbora Zentková, Maki Ishii, Yala Juchmann, Theresa Kampmeier, Marlene Kargl, Gabriela Lesmes López, Natasja Loutchko, Alanna Lynch, Adrian Montenegro, (Tom or) Judy Moore, Shane Munro, Maru Mushtrieva, Leonie Nagel, Esper Postma, Max Puorro, Belen Resnikowski & Sunniva Innstrand, Romy Rüegger, Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, Anton Steenbock, Camilla Steinum, Nolico Taki, Mark Walker, and Steven Warwick.

The Forage is an invitation to rummage the Kiez in search for these treasures – follow the map all across Moabit!

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Works on specific schedules.

Disappeared or virtual works.

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The Forage
While many of our experiences currently take place online, common space outside the house remains a place to roam the material world with all our senses. The artists of The Forage entangle themselves in this city space. Their interventions embrace, question and subvert what is already there. The works can be discovered with a map, while accidental passers-by may stumble upon them and be momentarily relieved from the cabin fever that’s been going around.

This second iteration of our sculpture route comes at a time when the organisers, artist collective Æ Project, personally felt the need for a perspective: for something that will not be cancelled or postponed. The need for this has only become more urgent since last year. We take what we have learned to present this year’s Forage in the befuddling, industrial, prison-equipped, public-sculpture-rich, ausländerbehörderish, grassroots-active, government-clerk-enlivened, enticing everyday neighbourhood that is the island of Moabit.

The Forage is fully funded by the participating artists.

Thursday to Sunday with registration – Dora Durkesac, Fritz-Schloß-Park
Thursday to Sunday with registration – Oliver Bulas, South of Beusselstrasse
Saturday 14.00 - 20.00 - Belen Resnikowski & Sunniva Innstrand, Ulap-Park
Find more information about each event on the artists' pins on the map.

Özlem Altın – Nocturnal garden

Grüne Meile unter der S-Bahnbrücke.

Julia Gryboś & Barbora Zentková – Soft little hush songs

Hand dyed recycled fabrics and yarns, mixed seeds, variable dimensions

Tribute to our everyday companion, the smallest neighbors behind the windows, fragile and joyful creatures, camarades whose morning coded sonatas brought a pinch of lightness into our never ending lockdown dailiness. Placed in the bushy backyard, bird’s cantina provides 6 kilograms of delicates seeds mixture.

Natalie Brück – Wordpieces

Lüneburger Strasse 410-335 and Pailstrasse (Saturday)
Washable chalk on surfaces

You can find my wordpieces in different places in Moabit. Without warning, they just appear and disappear. These sentences can change their original meaning through the context in which they find themselves, at a certain moment, in a specific place. Maybe these wordpieces challenge you, integrate themselves calmly into the circumstances, or make you laugh until they vanish by the next rain.
I start at kleiner Tiergarten and will react spontaneously to the places and people that I encounter in Moabit. New wordpieces will continuously be created in different places over the duration of the exhibition.

Oliver Bulas – Untitled(Xanthias)

Beusselstraße 44R
Performance for 1 spectator
Duration 10 to 30 minutes. Only one visitor at a time. Please schedule an appointment here

Dear friend,

Longing is also a way of fleeing. Yearning escapes from a state of insufficiency. I had to move with my writing work - my room was not a save place any more. What touches my heart? It is the desert, devoid of meaning, a mirror of the senselessness, as well as structural violence, pointless violence (despair, aggression, ignorance) and the suffering it creates. And it seems clear: in wastelands, dispossessed, dealing with the shadows of the promises, not with their shining fruits.
Yes, this is us, the people of the city, the countryside and in-between. Which influence has the abstraction of relationships between all people on the production of sense? The rhythm of work reverberates in them, as well as having access to the world through principles of organisation and administration.

Even if we travelled without carrying any baggage, we would bring a common gift. The experience of endless repetition and the erosion of meaning in favour of sheer quantity; the eradication of the intrinsic being in order to subdue people and objects of the world and in order to administer them. „Repressed energy of anger that would form enough sun light to light a solar system,“ once Ishmael Reed wrote in regards to slavery. Is the discovery of the solar system the starting point for our suburbias? We think about the historical uprooting of populations from their traditional relations (medieval structures) into purpose relations (rural exodus, industrialization, organization of labor force).
Where can we insert in-between spaces? Isn’t the medium of the suburbia the film or the tv-series?

The night after I dreamed I was there with some kids. You would probably whisper: “just listen, the answer is already there.“ And I agree with you that even a desert planet is a world of hidden treasures, if we are willing to shift our view, to understand the vocabulary of a different ontology.

Kitsum Cheng – About coworking- a four year honeymoon

Zwinglistraße 5A
Cyanotype and anthocyanin on paper

During a visit to South Africa, which was made to catalogue the stars, nebulae, and other objects of the southern skies, John Herschel combined his talents with those of his wife, Margaret. Between 1834 and 1838 they produced 131 botanical illustrations of fine quality, showing the Cape flora. Herschel used a camera lucida to obtain accurate outlines of the specimens and left the details to his wife. Even though their portfolio had been intended as a personal record, and despite the lack of floral dissections in the paintings, their accurate rendition makes them more valuable than many contemporary collections. (Text taken almost directly from Wikipedia.)

Their watercolour of Protea repens has been outlined and replicated through applying light-sensitive chemicals in a similar manner to watercolours. The image is coated with anthocyanin. Hues of magenta indicate hints of acidity while hues of blue indicate neutrality. The replica is a tribute to friendships built through working together.

Zuzanna Czebatul – Beach Towel II

Spreeufer, close to Lutherbrücke
Sculpture of beach towel in grass

„Of course it is a human right of the construction workers, to have the radio playing at the building lot, it has to play, always, also very loud, the good-moodiness of the screaming radio host has to pimp the spirits, it allows them to feel the burden of work less forced, because the mind is permitted, as usually, like in the car, at the beach, at home anyways, to be at some other place than the body, which is only following a dictate, which is there where it is, in order to recognise as little as possible of it, of the surrounding, the noise of this surrounding, and certainly the thoughts, which could derive from this environment pressing on the intellect, if there wasn’t that dominance of the entertainment industry’s shouting program, which has successfully and completely colonised all consciousness, so much, that their prison appears as an empire of remaining freedom and individuality, as a permanent outer space, where the mind is able to strive away from the body in loose and non-prescribed ways and thus free and on its own, nirvana-like dissolved, until disappearance, if it chooses to do so. This form of vanishing is experienced as happiness. Today the concrete ground of the 7th floor has to be poured.“ Rainald Goetz

Monika Dorniak & Martin Kohout – Loose Joints

Jonasstraße 8 and more

Dispersed among the streets of Moabit, the ten posters of ‘Loose Joints’ are inserted into the vacant gaps on pillars and columns, that stand as an unwanted symbol for the present fogginess that the pandemic has brought about. At a time of unpredictability, the interpretation of ‘things to look forward’ takes new forms, and private encounters alternate the publicly announced event. These posters, that are installed in six different locations, introduce mundane-looking situations that transform into odd, coincidental encounters when looked at in detail. Those fleeting moments from Dorniak’s and Kohout’s archives are to remind us that there are moments to look forward to, which can’t be delayed – for their presence is only temporarily.

Dora Durkesac – Dusty Tongues

Rathenower Str. 19, Fritz-Schloß-Park

Please book a time slot here.

Dear friends, old and new,
Add your name next to the available time slots and join me in one-on-one conversational choreography and language sculpting.

We will take a walk in Fritz Schloss park and talk about non-human in humans, invent riddles and poems, combine visible with fiction. The surroundings will interfere with our imagination and enable spontaneity of ideas. Wordplays will provoke deep conversations or humorous surprises. Philosophical silence gaps are welcome, laughter too.

Itamar Gov – A Garden for Rosa

Spreeufer next to Lutherbrücke

Rosa Luxemburg, one of the brightest revolutionary intellectuals and anti-war activists, spent the final years of her life moving between three prisons - one of them was the Women’s Prison in Berlin. During her entire imprisonment she collected, dried, pressed and glued flowers and leaves that she found in the prison’s yard, as well as plants that were given to her by friends who came to visit her. The result was 17 notebooks full of dried plants, meticulously sorted and accompanied by a short description and both German and Latin designations. She was murdered by a policeman in 1919 and her body was thrown into the Spree in Berlin. The work A Garden for Rosa (2021) consists of a collection of the flowers that Luxemburg gathered while in prison in Berlin. The flowers are planted on one of the banks of the Spree into which her body was disposed, taking her own collection out of the notebooks and bringing it to life.

Maki Ishii – power caramel ~ I will be there for you ~

Wiclefstraße 22
Box, caramel

You find the work in the small corner of the Turkish bakery.
In everyday life, we play different roles being parents, foreigners, lovers, consumers, viewers, players, etc.
Ishii focuses on the trivial aspects of our fictional everyday life that we assume through symbols and signifiers.
This work uses caramels to question the platform that we are in everyday life and brings to light the invisible part common to the human existence that lies beyond them.

Yala Juchmann – NATURLEHRPFAD NORDUFER (becoming liquid#3)

Nordufer, close to Eckernförder Platz
Steel, concrete and photographs on aludibond

There are three locations for this work along Nordufer.

»So remember the liquid ground. And taste the saliva in your mouth also - notice her familiar presence during your silence, how she is forgotten when you speak. Or again: how you stop speaking when you drink. And how necessary all of that is for you! These fluids softly mark the time. And there is no need to knock, just listen to hear the music. With very small ears.« Luce Irigaray: Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche

Naturlehrpfad Nordufer (becoming liquid#3) zeigt drei Momente aus Yala Juchmanns Bildarchiv. Es sind Momente des Übergangs vom Festen zum Flüssigen. Die Industrielandschaft Westhafen als Schnittstelle zwischen Wasserweg und Produktionsort verschränkt sich mit der Verflüssigung in den Bildern.

Naturlehrpfad Nordufer (becoming liquid#3) shows three moments from Yala Juchmann's picture archive. Moments of transition from solid to fluid. The industrial landscape of Westhafen as an interface between the waterway and a place of production is intertwined with the liquefaction shown in the images.

Theresa Kampmeier – Durch die Bordüre

Two bus schedule frames attached to bus stop, laminated reproductions from the Apocalypse Tapestry (Wandteppich) in Angers, France, 14th century

Marlene Kargl – The Walls Have Ears

Quitzowstraße 56
Wood, Wallpaper, Clay, Radio
110cm x 40cm x 20cm

The creaking sound of footsteps on an old wooden floor.
Static noises of a kitchen radio.
Television voices from an unknown country in a language I don‘t understand.

Sounds so familiar and yet so strange when they are muffeld by the wall that is separating mine and another person‘s life.
Sounds that give little glimpses into a stranger‘s routines - too little to get familiar with that other life, yet enough to imagine who might walk, cook or watch tv on the other side of the wall.
For more than one year we are forced to merge all aspects of our lifes into the tightness of our rooms, flats and houses. Not only are we limited to that physical space, but our thoughts and ideas are also only stimulated by what can be seen or heard from the place we are in.

Does it trigger or does it heal loneliness to be alone but still hear and feel another person‘s presence?
Does the fact that I am an observer automatically make me a potential object of observation?

„The Walls Have Ears“ is an attempt to capture the tension of being the only person in a room while being ever aware of the fragility of that save space we call home.

Gabriela Lesmes-López – Tentacular Power

Seydlitzstrasse 3B

For various authorities believe that buried under, in a state of suspended animation are enormous man-made creatures and under certain unequal conditions they can be free from its tombs, then guided by instinct they will come back.

Bullets can’t spot it
dynamite can’t kill it
humankind will have to re-consider their way of living….
impossible? unbelievable? fantastic? but I tell you it could happen…. it could happen…. it could happen….

YES, it could happen!
Humans are being attacked by themselves!
a colossal challenge is here!

Natasja Loutchko – Embodiment with a Ghost

Group exercise Thursday 17.00, Gedenkpark Ehemaliges Zellengefängnis Moabit

The ghost and the animal invite you to take part in an embodiment exercise. Pet the ghost. Follow the animal. Pet and follow yourself. Join the ghosts in breathing, shaking, walking and dancing.

We will meet inside the Geschichtspark Zellengefängnis Moabit next to the Central Station. You can enter from any of the entrances. Come and find the ghost. We start around 17.00 and we will facilitate some movements and exercises through the park. We will spend a half an hour together.

Ghost- Mert Akbal
The Animal- Natasja Loutchko

The exercise will take place outside with safe distance and without touching.

Alanna Lynch – Ersatz (Worm Poop Sculptures for Insects)

Vermicompost, seeds, plants, rice, various organic matter, worm flags

These small sculptures are formed from the worm castings of my vermicompost. The worms have been fed my kitchen waste and digested it into a rich, lively material populated by many species of insects and microorganisms. How will insects in the local environment interact with these sculptures and what will grow from them when left over time?

Adrian Montenegro – Pesos iguales, formas amigas (Same weight, friendly shapes)

Urban intervention with stickers and potatoes

This work consists of two stickers of scales, completely the same as each other. That have exceeded their maximum weight (120 kg) or are found showing a lower weight than zero (0 kg).
Above each sticker there are two organic elements that simulate the information in the static state of the images.
The work is a kind of provocation towards the common and empty spaces, towards the gravitational weights, what comes from the earth and nature as well as towards the impossible and whimsical meetings with the mundane and fortuitous.

(Tom or) Judy Moore – Leah Eff, Tricky Mother Nature & Leah B Levinson, Happiness

Hand with Watch sculpture, Altonaer Str 26
Pencil drawings, collaged with flowers, prints pinned in black boxes.

These are two boxes from an ongoing series of tribute portraits. They exist somewhere between a roadside shrine, a butterfly collection and the geology gallery at the Natural History Museum in London.

Previous boxes have included trans Warhol star Jackie Curtis; Cheryl Crane (who went to prison for murdering the abusive gangster boyfriend of her mother, Lana Turner); and a series of women who married or cared for gay men: Elsa Lanchester, Penny Arcade, Betty White, Ernestine Campbell, and Phyllis Gates.

Leah Eff and Leah B Levinson are contemporary trans women who write about music, gender and transformation. Unlike the previous boxes, which were based on historical figures*, these artists are making work now. In the world today, things feel increasingly urgent and all the more important to look to the present for guides rather than the past.

For me, it’s been so valuable to have people describe their relationship to transness as I go through a similar process. There’s something about the abstracted sense of community that comes from reading work by other trans people, reading the experiences of other trans people, and reading about how they view themselves as part of a popular culture which I am also submerged in.

Unlike the previous portraits, I’ve been in contact with these subjects, so they also function as a way of making that connection more personal and concrete. I want to make sure these women know they are vital and loved while they are still alive.

You can read an example of Leah Eff’s work here.

And Leah B Levinson’s work here.

* Cheryl Crane and Ernestine Campbell are still alive, Penny Arcade is still making vibrant work, and Betty White is eternal.

Shane Munro – outer limits

Corner Perleberger Strasse and Stromstrasse
Plant, cobblestones, stoneware

For this work I began by thinking around the physical space surrounding and supporting Stolpersteines, the commemorative brass plaques in the pavement in front of their last address of choice by the victims of National Socialism.
The ceramic elements in this artwork are inverts or negative forms of granite cobblestones, paired as doubles, a piece of clay is rolled and pressed around each cobblestone until the clay form reflects the cobblestone. They cradle one another and retain this quality even after the clay is fired. They are set beneath a tree that also has its own reflective and supportive root architecture. The landscape that the work is set in has been cultured by architects, but as in every space that we occupy people walk their own path. In this way when you visit a public park you will see where the public have drawn their own paths, adding dimensions to the space.

Maru Mushtrieva – Flying Fisch

Arminiusstraße 2-4 and more
Audio walk with 3D objects
Duration approx. 20min

This walk starts at Arminius market and takes you on a tour around Turmstr. blocks.
It is a poetic exploration of verbal and textual surfaces of the hood.

How to:
The audio could be accessed by scanning a QR code sticker with your phone that would give you a link to a 3d object and an audio recording.
The information about the next station of the walk will be embedded in the end of the each audio piece.
Don’t forget to charge your phone and bring headphones with you.

Here is the link to the first audio: Start at Arminius market and follow the instructions. They will lead you to the next QR code.

Leonie Nagel – Klare Brühe auf ST Leoni (Supermarktregal 4 und 6 von 10) / Clear Broth on ST Leoni (Supermarket Shelf 4 and 6 out of 10)

Neues Ufer
Laserprint on Paper, Glue
200 x 143 cm each

Esper Postma – Rise of the Nuns

St. Johanniskirche, Alt-Moabit
Nun and Monk roof tiles

Rise of the Nuns is made of antique roof tiles historically referred to as Nun and Monk. The tiles pertain their form from being moulded on a human thigh. In roofings, the bottom tiles are called Nuns and the tiles covering them are called Monks. Rise of the Nuns places the tiles in the same pattern, but with the Nuns lying on top.

Belen Resnikowski & Sunniva Innstrand – Sea Stories From Long Distance Lovers

Sculpture 1 Gibs sea, shells , sand hairspray portable sound system sand
Sculpture 2 Plaster, paper, glue, lack, spray paint, human hair, portable sound system glitter and mirror

Saturday May 15, 14.00-20.00, Ulap-Park

Historically, sea stories are tales told by men about their time journeying across vast seas. Typical sea stories follow the narrative of "a sailor embarks upon a voyage; during the course of the voyage he is tested – by the sea, by his colleagues or by those that he encounters upon another shore; the experience either makes him or breaks him". Oftentimes, tales of maternal, fertile or feminine mythical creatures are depicted, and the natural forces transform into some impending force and threat to mankind.
In Sea Stories from Long Distance Lovers, interdisciplinary artists Belen Resnikowski and Sunniva Innstrand tell a story of longing, love and lust in the pandemic era. Not unlike the historic tales of forlorn men at sea, the current state of things has had many of us question what we take for granted and what we know to be absolute. This isn’t a romantic fairytale, but a heartfelt dialogue emerging from over a year marked by rupture, solitude and isolation. In times of high tide and structural shifts, the intangible and nebulous come closer, deep secrets reach the surface, and a different sense of intimacy occurs.

PS! Bring a cup! We’ll serve something sweet for our visitors.

Romy Rüegger – Huttenstraße 12, Neues Ufer 19-25, Sickingenstraße 29-38, , Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 100, Huttenstraße 49 (Alte Nachbarschaft / Forced Workers Leaving – the Factories)

Please find the work here.

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw – sleeping commuter

Grüne Meile
Plaster, aqueous pigments, beeswax

Final departures from Clareview station:

Century Park 12:13 AM 1hr33min
Century Park 12:33 AM 1hr53min
Century Park 12:53 AM 2hr13min

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Camilla Steinum – Shaken Trick

Digital print on carton

Uncounted amount of custom-made playing cards are stuck into corners and spread in and around the phone booth. Each deck consists of 130 individual pieces. Please feel free to pick a card!

Nolico Taki – When time has stopped & Reise zum Mond

Stephanstraße 53

Nolico Taki shows two artworks in the show window of the architecture office, Kirchberger & Wiegner Rohde.

Taki developed the installation When time has stopped based on logical operations, philosophy, and physics; as the reason for the phenomenon, that time feels stopping or slowing as an individual experience.

When time has stopped (2019)
Inkjet print on plastic sheet 130 x300 cm, love letter, room plants

Reise zum Mond (2020, inkjet print on plastic sheet 162 x 130cm) is a study about the relation between technology in science and the situation in COVID-19-pandemic.

Supported by ‎Kirchberger & Wiegner Rohde

Mark Walker – Look we’re going round and round

Wiclefstraße 51
Entchen Steel, paint and paper
22 cm x 22 cm x 70cm

Starting with the miniaturisation of a Morris Column, combined with printing process, this work is the result of electro etching deep into a steel tube. Letting the destruction of the reductive process take its effect. Wearing the images on mock down, as the repetition of days can wear us all down.

Steven Warwick – Scarecrow/ Strawman/ Strohmann/Oz

Clothes, straw, tape, needle, thread, straw

Photo: Angèle Balducchi


Æ is a community of artists experimenting in staging impromptu exhibitions adopting public space and bringing people and environment together since 2017. Under a tree next to a museum in Tallinn, on a bridge in between Germany and Poland, on top of a mud volcano in Romania and on the bottom of another volcano in Colombia are examples of the flirtation that the project has with unnamed spaces.

The title Æ comes from its use in the Old English Latin alphabet where it was called 'æsc' ('ash tree'). Today it is referred to as ‘ash’. We chose this letter because of its disappearance from the English alphabet and because ash tree branches are the traditional choice for travellers’ walking sticks.

Currently Æ is organised by Theresa Kampmeier, Gabriela Lesmes López, Esper Postma and Mark Walker.


Æ project, Berlin

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