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District * School without Center is a queer feminist art space and cultural center in Berlin. Since 2009 we have been working as a place for development and reflection for artistic research and practice, critical educational work, trans*disciplinary cultural work and discrimination-critical knowledge and theory production. Grounded in intersectional, queer, discrimination-critical and decolonial approaches, District explores the curatorial as a performative and analytical practice and probes new kinds of community. With a focus on locating artistic practice in the tensions between body and urban space, infrastructure and desire, ecology and performance, history and imagination, District develops collaborative and research-oriented formats.

Team

People & Community

District emerges from a growing, poly-vocal community of individuals, initiatives, and institutions that programmatically participate and contribute to District’s long-term maintenance as a laboratory for contemporary artistic-intellectual practices. Different forms of relation and emancipatory moments of friendship generate occasions to open up the present towards different perspectives and forms of knowledge through the means of art. With intersectional consciousness, District creates a space for critical dialogues and heterogeneous alliances, especially regarding queer, feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist politics and tests new forms of community.

Associated Artists, Curators, Researchers, and Collectives:
Magda Albrecht, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat, Qwigo L. Baldwin, Kathrin Becker, Maria Josephina Bengan Making, Luis Berrios-Negron, Anna Bitkina, Eva Birkenstock, Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Miona Bogović, Daniela Burger, Paolo Caffoni, María del Mar do Castro Varela, Aïcha Diallo, María do Mar Castro Varela, Discoteca Flaming Star, Antke Engel, Danja Erni, Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe, Chiara Figone, Joerg Franzbecker, Ulrike Gerhardt, Julia Gießler, Karina Griffith, Ayşe Güleç, Azra Gül, Pieterjan Grandry, Emma Haugh, Nataša Ilić, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Klassensprachen, Bettina Knaup, Katja Kobolt, Inga Lāce, Ani Lachnitt, Anna Letsiou, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Suzana Milevska, NAILS* Kollektiv post-UdK, Michaela Richter, Occupational Hazard Project, Pınar Öğrenci, Shanti Suki Osman, Shanika Perera, Xandra Popescu, Johannes Paul Raether, Lukas Reus, Elske Rosenfeld, Lorenzo Sandoval, Francis Seeck Jana Seehusen, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor, The Many Headed Hydra, Maria Veits, Jelena Vesić, Julian Weber, Yvonne Wilhelm (knowbotiq)

Associated Initiatives and Organizations:
Alice Salomon Hochschule
Alpha Nova Galerie Futura
aproduction e.V.
Archive Books
Colomboscope Festival, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Institut für Queer Theory
KontextSchule
Kunci Cultural Studies Center
Latvian Center for Contemporary Art
Lothringer13 Florida
Nida Art Colony
Archiv der DDR-Opposition / Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e.V.

Partners & Support

At a supportive level, long-term collaborations and partnerships with District as a nonprofit organization are essential. Such a partnership exists with the Malzfabrik, which has institutionally supported District since its inception. The Malzfabrik provides District’s infrastructure, which finances the part-time positions of the core team and the rent of the office and exhibition spaces. The implementation of our program is largely enabled through public funds in the form of project grants and stipends, as well as through private foundations, donations, and sponsorings. For years we have had increasing success navigating competitive funding conditions, nonetheless this is and will continue to be characterized by fluctuations. Furthermore, it is often the experimental and disciplinarily entangled projects or those that arise from spontaneous necessity that wouldn’t be possible without the support of committed partners and sponsors because they don’t conform to the logic and timing of the public sector.

In order to make District possible as a place and as a community, many already make both small and large contributions. If you would like to belong to our supporters—whether as an individual, group, organization, or company—we’d be happy to speak with you personally about our different partnership and sponsorship possibilities.

We gladly accept donations to our account at any time (and are also happy to provide a donation receipt)

District gGmbH
IBAN: DE35 1004 0000 0330 3484 00
BIC: COBADEFFXXX
Verwendungszweck: Spende
Commerzbank Berlin

From 2019 onwards we are looking for a second institutional supporter, as District would like to create sustainable working conditions and also to expand—especially the implementation of cultural and political education as well as artistic research. The Malzfabrik’s long-term support is already secured, however it is no longer suffices to provide a stable and sustainable basis for our work.

Contact for partners and sponsors:
Andrea Caroline Keppler

Space for rent

We are looking for new neighbors.

Our Kabinett (75 sqm) and our archive room (48 sqm) are available for short-term and temporary rentals.
If you are interested, please contact post@district-berlin.com.

Directions

By foot: Exit S-Bahn Südkreuz on the east side, exit Tempelhof. Walk under the overpass, past IKEA, and through the parking lots. Enter the Malzfabrik compound with its four tall smokestacks. By bus: From S-Bahn Südkreuz, take bus number 106 (direction Schöneberg/Lindenhof) to Eresburgstraße. The bus runs every 20 minutes.

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