Kotti-Shop: Julia Brunner and Stefan Endewardt
FOUNDERS OF THE CULTURAL Kotti-shop in BERLIN
Kotti-Shop went traveling to Detroit in April 2018. The performance, music and art theater HAU (Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin) in cooperation with FILTER Detroit invited Kotti Shop to do research in Detroit.
Working in an open dialogue with the art(s) in the project space and beyond has, according to Julia Brunner and Stefan Endewardt, “Actively served as a point of connection between local residents and members of the area’s artistic and cultural scene. For the past decade, Julia and Stefan have organized, curated and initiated the programming of Kotti-Shop, in what they describe as an “experimental, non-profit art and project space in Berlin.” Together with neighbors, other cultural workers, architects and designers they implemented a space of orientation and activity, especially to establish a continuous relationship with neighbors and its surrounding community.
Julia Brunner, a storyteller, author and sound artist, has produced several radio features and is a photographer besides her involvement in Kotti-Shop. Together with Stefan Endewardt, a trained architect who´s work addresses the areas of tension between art, architecture and cultural education, she stayed for two weeks of research travels in Detroit.
During their stay they connected to other project spaces that work with and within community, in the field of art, music, architecture and the everyday, such as One Mile, Popps Packing, the Hinterlands, Detroit Free Market or others. During their research time while talking, walking, and experiencing different communities in Detroit, they engage in what they call multilogs of the urban. Figuring out what is it that is valuable to a community of people and how these values are enacted can be found while listening to the different voices, discussions, needs as well as desires that people express while they strive to improve their quality of living.
Back in Berlin Julia and Stefan produced a travel diary “ Kotti-Shop On Air #2 Berlin-Detroit“, which was aired on reboot.fm: http://reboot.fm/2018/05/06/kotti-on-air-2-berlin-detroit/
During the HAU festival „Detroit-Berlin: One Circle“ (5/30 -6/2/18), Kotti-Shop presented results of their residency together with SuperFuture and Halima Cassells as well as Free Market Detroit in an outdoor installation (mixed media and videos), called „Transphäre“.