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05 Jan 2019

Open Call for Artists: Intermission

Martin Sirren



Application deadline: 15th of January 2019 Exhibition at Rathaus Reinickendorf Berlin: 28th of March - 19th of May 2019

Francesco Petruccelli

Eldenaerstrasse 29

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Call for artists

Intermission is publishing its first call for artists.
We are selecting artists for our exhibition Function.Anomy at the Rathaus Reinickendorf, Berlin. In the course of the exhibition the jury will select the most representative ones to be invited to a 1 to 4 weeks art residency in Paduli (IT) in the coming summer.


We understand public space as a representation of social identities and their functions, where the abstract concepts that rule daily life are enacted.
Intermission invites artists to engage with two diametrically opposed public and social contexts: a local government building in Germany's capital city and the historic centre of a small Italian town.

Intermission has selected the Rathaus Reinickendorf [In English: Reinickendorf Town Hall] as the location for our first Berlin exhibition.

The Rathaus is one of the most conspicuous places where the state and its citizens interact. Not only is it a bureaucratic hub where endless paperwork is produced, but also a political space where an elected council rules on issues related to the local community. In this environment, citizens are guided by a set of predefined pathways that lead to institutional spaces and activities. We challenge artists to intervene in this space that is defined by its functionality as a public institution, to analyse its dynamics from the inside, and to create new cultural connections and definitions, establishing a dialogue with people engaged in the business of bureaucracy, an unsuspecting audience unlike the typical exhibition-visiting crowd.

At the opposite end of the spectrum of organised space is Paduli. The buildings in this almost abandoned place are characterised by their dilapidated nature. Any functionality has been emptied out of these buildings that are of little interest to any public or private institution.

Paduli is a small town in the hinterland of southern Italy. It has been decimated by emigration and the catastrophic 1962 earthquake. It has also seen its historical centre depopulated and abandoned thanks to the construction of a new residential area completely detached from the old settlement.

Anomic space devoid of cultural meanings, the historical centre of Paduli is a ground zero for an artistic intervention that could define a new interpretation of human space and establish a new connection between various elements of the urban fabric.

What is Intermission

Intermission is a collective of artists from international backgrounds.
We support artists establishing autonomy from business-driven intermediation and promoting the critical understanding of their work.

Detailed information about application, exhibition and residency can be found on
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