Press release 28-03-2019

RESIDENZPFLICHT – Invitation to the press conference

11 April 2019, 11 am
Mobile RESIDENZPFLICHT studio, Washingtonplatz, 10557 Berlin
The mobile living studio is located on Washingtonplatz between Hauptbahnhof and Spree.

The artists of msk7 (Mona Babl, Kati Gausmann, Ricarda Mieth and Anja Sonnenburg) will introduce their project RESIDENZPFLICHT and will be available for questions.

1st RESIDENCE: Manaf Halbouni
*1984 in Damascus, lives in Dresden,
26 April 2019 – 24 May 2019
Location: MUF Wittenberger Str. 16, 12689 Berlin


Press release 6-12-2018

RESIDENZPFLICHT – Scholarships for Artist’s Residence Project in Berlin Refugee Accommodation

In their project RESIDENZPFLICHT, the artist group msk7 is awarding ten grants for one-month residences in Berlin refugee shelters to international artists. For the years 2019 and 2020, five artist-in-residence projects will be realized from May to September at a total of ten locations in Berlin. The programme aims to use a diverse spectrum of artistic positions to temporarily open up the self-contained refugee shelters to approaches and developments in contemporary art. Everyday points of contact between artists and refugees should stimulate an exchange of culturally different ideas and views on site and beyond the accommodation’s boundaries. Regardless of the location, which at first may appear unusual, access to contemporary art is understood as a social offer; the realisation of participatory art projects with refugees is not the main focus.

For the art project, ten Modular Accommodations for Refugees (MUF) in Berlin will be extended alternately and temporarily by an additional mobile module – a construction trailer converted into a habitable studio. This serves as a living and working space for the scholarship holders and is connected to a housing unit, whose sanitary facilities and communal kitchen are used. The experience of each scholarship will be shown through a blog, an artist talk and a closing event on site. Each scholarship is endowed with a fee component of 2,000 euros and a maximum of 1,000 euros to cover the cost of material and travel expenses. A mandatory residence requirement will apply.

From 205 international applications an expert jury – consisting of Mona Babl (msk7), Lilian Engelmann (management ngbk Berlin), Kati Gausmann (msk7), Veronike Hinsberg (sculptor, Berlin), Ricarda Mieth (msk7), Sabine Sanio (UDK Berlin, sound studies), Anja Sonnenburg (msk7) – selected ten artists in an initially anonymous selection procedure: Sebastian Acker (* 1981, lives in Berlin), Simone Bailey (* 1982, lives in San Francisco), Claudio Beorchia (* 1979, lives in Treviso), Andreea Chirica (* 1978, lives in Bucharest), Albrecht Fersch (* 1970, lives in Berlin), Manaf Halbouni (* 1984, lives in Dresden), Rola Khayyat (* 1982, lives in New York), Pascal Mayet (* 1980, lives in Copenhagen), Benedikt Stoll (* 1988, lives in Berlin) and Patrick Timm (* 1979, lives in Berlin).

RESIDENZPFLICHT is a project of msk7. The proposal received the 2nd prize, along with an implementation recommendation, in the Berlin-wide art-in-architecture open competition for modular refugee housing, awarded by the State of Berlin under the aegis of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing (Department V) in coordination with the State Office for Refugee Affairs.

RESIDENZPFLICHT is financed by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as well as the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.

msk7 are Mona Babl, Kati Gausmann, Ricarda Mieth and Anja Sonnenburg.


Further information

Press contact
Denhart v. Harling,,, +49 179 4963497