The Leipziger Straße in Berlin-Mitte connects the Spittelmarkt with the Leipziger Platz. Today, ministries, embassies, museums, galleries, an art association and project spaces, a music kindergarten, flower shops, supermarkets, bridal fashion shops, pharmacies and a weekly market are located along this 1.5-kilometre-long magistral. In the section between the crossing of Charlottenstraße and Spittelmarkt, Leipziger Straße is arranged into eight lanes and has a central reservation, framed by wide pavements. 6,500 residents live here.
After KISR Hansaplatz (2018-2019) and KISR Karl-Marx-Allee (2020-2021), the third edition of KISR – Art in Urban Space takes us to Leipziger Straße, another urban quarter in the Mitte district that is based on a utopian urban planning idea and emerged in its current form in the 1970s. KISR Leipziger Straße (2023-2025) focuses on the many-layered history of this street and the ongoing debates about its development into a resilient urban quarter.
The KISR – Kunst im Stadtraum (Art in Urban Space) format fosters an interest in the historical, social and architectural complexity of urban space and wishes to create forums through which topical social issues can be brought to the attention of the public. Temporary art projects and artistic interventions in urban spaces reflect the history of a place, tell a story, intervene, and open up new perspectives and references to the city. An extended programme of education and discourse frames the works and invites visitors to engage intensively with art in urban space, architecture as well as urban development.
Within the framework of KISR Leipziger Straße, three temporary artworks and/or artistic interventions are to be realised in the urban space along Leipziger Straße in 2024. To this end, the District Office of Mitte in Berlin is organising a non-anonymous application process that is open to the whole of Berlin and Brandenburg. It serves to select 15 professional artists or groups of artists/ interdisciplinary groups who will then be invited to participate in the one-phase, non-open and anonymous art competition KISR – Kunst im Stadtraum an der Leipziger Straße.
Please note: the Language of this competition is in German. Submissions in other languages will not be taken into account Yet we encourage everyone, regardless of their confidence in German language, to apply.
Application deadline is Sunday, 16.07.2023, 23:59 hrs.
All information about the application procedure, framework conditions, and link to the application form can be found in the announcement here as a download (german)
An information event will present the format KISR – Art in Urban Space as well as the current edition on Leipziger Straße, the application process and the subsequent art competition. The event will take place digitally in both German and English
on Wednesday, 5 July 2023 from 16:00 to 17:30.