Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979/80 (Ende des Tages im Büro der Künstlerin, DSNY, 20. November 1979), Foto: Tobi Kahn
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The Great Repair Finissage

Finissage am 14.1.2024
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

After three insightful and successful months, the exhibition The Great Repair will close on January 14, 2024. The following program will take place at the Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10 as part of the closing ceremony.


Touching Maintenance

11:30 a.m., Lecture and talk with: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Lisa Baraitser, Bettina Knaup

Studio foyer, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin


The pioneering practice of feminist and multidisciplinary artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles focuses on the existential necessity and endlessness of everyday care work–be it in the private sphere, the city, or the landfill. In her Manifesto for Maintenance Art (1969), she radically declared maintenance work to be art. She has been artist in residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation since 1977 and has been engaging with urban waste flows ever since.

On the occasion of the closing of the exhibition The Great Repair, she will talk about her extensive oeuvre live via video. Her lecture, the subsequent contribution by scholar Lisa Baraitser and joint discussion with curator Bettina Knaup will address the embodied, material and temporal dimensions of the (artistic) work for survival, but also the necessity to care for the irreparable.


Curated by Bettina Knaup. At the invitation of Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The event will be in English language. Admission with an exhibition ticket or 6/4 €.


Rethinking Instead of Demolishing

3–4 p.m.: Preview screening The Great Repair
Main staircase, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

Inspired by The Great Repair, the idea of a TV documentary series was born, produced by Kloos & Co. Medien. On screen, co-host Jan Kage discusses repair as a central challenge for a resource-friendly revolution in Berlin’s architecture. Protagonists include Alexander Stumm (Abrissmoratorium), Florine Schüschke (ufo ufo), and Matthias Ballestrem (Bauhaus Erde), among others. Excerpts from the first test shoots will be shown, and practical architectural approaches will be discussed with participants.


4–5:30 p.m.: Roundtable Rethinking Instead of Demolishing
Studio foyer, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin


At An der Urania 4–10, an icon of West Berlin’s architecture is set for demolition. Built 1964–67 by Werner Düttmann, the high-rise is owned by the City of Berlin and is part of the city’s architectural heritage, not least because of its tectonic clarity and architectural quality. In light of the spiraling climate crisis, the Senate’s decision to demolish this structurally functional high-rise made of reinforced concrete is outdated. The initiative an.ders Urania campaigns for the high-rise’s preservation and has launched a petition calling for an immediate halt to the demolition plans. At the invitation of ARCH+, the initiative will host a roundtable in the studio foyer.


Roundtable panelists: Martin Hofmann (independent pollution inspector), Theresa Keilhacker (Architektenkammer Berlin), Andrea Klinge (ZRS Architekten), Initiative an.ders Urania. Moderation: Matthias Noell


The event will be in German. Free admission.