The transit lounge is the archetypal transit space, the point where the hyper-global + hyper-local coincide; a location which blurs traditional conceptions of geo-political boundaries, creating pockets of international space within the borders of individual nation-states. An in-between space, it exists relative to a fixed departure and arrival point, not to the area that surrounds it.

The Transit Lounge is a series of overlapping residencies for Australian and German artists and architects in Berlin. It is also a blog where themes relating to the project will develop, collaborations will be initiated and sustained, and observations on the city collected. The Transit Lounge invites you to participate in these transnational conversations by commenting on the blog.

For more information email us: transit [AT] transitlounge [DOT] org

The transit lounge is supported by Culturia and the DAZ

Friday, March 30, 2007



every conversation is an invitation

A hyper-local, transnational, hybrid radio: collecting and
transmitting conversations with people who
pass through the transit lounge.

Start a conversation; tell a story about the places in
between - what inspires and keeps life interesting, adventures,
dreams, failures, the Future...

Radio in Transit
Receiving and transmitting from wherever you are.

To converse, visit the transit lounge on:
April 4 + 5, 14 - 18:00

To listen, visit the transit lounge on:
April 12, 19 - 22:00
or online:

Monday, March 26, 2007

ZWISCHENRAUME (19 - 22:00, 29.03.07)

Donnerstag 29 MÄrz . 20.00 – 22.00
Transit Lounge . Josetti Hofe . Rungestraße 22 – 24 . Jannowitzbruke
entry via Rungestr and Spree

"With regards to the theme of space, the transit space serves as
place of origin of a new reality.
It is the niche from which new places can grow. The transit space is
also something primary and third."
Franz Xaver Baier

Spacial interventions at the Josetti Höfe exteriors. Transformation
of passages into sequences.
Internal and external border determination. Threshold and passage.
Image and image-copy.

"Auf das Thema Raum bezogen ist Zwischenraum der Ursprungsort neuer

Er ist die `Nische´aus der neue Räume wachsen. Der Zwischenraum ist
auch etwas Erstes und Drittes zugleich."
Franz Xaver Baier

Räumliche Interventionen im Aussenraum der Josetti-Gewerbehöfe;
Transformation der Durchgänge als Raumsequenz;

Grenzfindung von Außen und Innen – Schwelle und
Durchlass – Bild und

Installation: Kathrin Zöller (D), Thomas Brüggemann (D),
Junkers (D), Kristina Matovic (Aus)
Sound: Robert Curgenven (Aus)
Perfomance: Angelika Hofstetter (D)

Friday, March 23, 2007


opposed(or connected?) to the perpetual nomad: the eternal wait. a train that never stops, leaves you in a continuous loop of transitory time and space, transforms the station into a "place out of purpose" with a reference to the former "ghost stations" in east Berlin where the west train wouldnt stop......

Miriam + Anna

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

r e set

In keeping with the recent run of mad Thursdays...
we kick out the kunst and boots up the live improv
thursday 22nd march from 20Uhr

with a unique and spontaneous meeting of rhythm and musiq concrete, two drummers, two guys with boxes, three sets and everything, from soft to loud and all points in-between

robbert van hulzen (NL) drums;
oori shalev (Israel) drums;
ludovic fresse (France) toys and tools;
robert curgenven (Aus) harmonics/field recordings

DJ for the night is Govinda Lange (Disfunkt/Australia) in his final Berlin and Transit Lounge appearance (well for this time anyway) before leaving for Paris.
Films from the DotMov archive will also be presented by Kristina Matovic (Australia). Entry is free! and from the Spree gate by Bruckenstr, opposite Jannowitzbrucke.
Bar open from 19uhr

Monday, March 19, 2007


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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

MOMENT: RAISED (19 - 22:00, 15.03.07)

Bringing a new perspective to the transit lounge space - moment: raised - is a collaboration between Silvia Marzall + Govinda Lange. moment: raised is an installation of intertwined, broken, and arrested audiovisual elements.

VERNISSAGE 19 - 22:00, 15.03.07 @ TRANSIT LOUNGE

OPEN 16 - 19:00, 16.03.07 @ TRANSIT LOUNGE

Monday, March 12, 2007

Elusive Places

At the instant of the explosion, the building becomes a Place_Out_Of_Purpose.
Sometimes Places_Out_Of_Purpose can last only few instants.


How could be possible to recompose the linear vertical direction of the blog?

perpetual traveller...

to all the loungers on one-way tickets, and those that are trying to work out if they are going to use their return...

I liked this phrase from the upcoming exhibition at Artspace.

Having returned home to Japan after years of living abroad, Hiroharu Mori often confesses to feeling like a stranger in his native country without ever really having adjusted to being anywhere else. He is the perpetual traveller, through life as much as the world, rootless and detached, but with a keen critical eye, a marked sense of economy and a healthy taste for the absurd...

Friday, March 09, 2007

Reframing the blog?

According to Vassilieas's idea it would be nice to re-frame the blog continuously.
Maybe we could try to develop step by step a kind of "cyclopedia of transit" by using constantly the possibility of "labeling" our posts. Finally the rhizomatic structure of the transit-network and transit-ideas would be reflected in that kind of "cyclopedia" (anyway it will be like that, but I suggest to reflect that reflection).
What do you think about it? And what do you think about the blog as a of tool for communication and "representation"?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

serial reframing

After asking myself questions about which personal form of blog contributions would create a flexible space of thinking, searching and at the same time opening up a place of intervention for others who would receive such contributions, I did not actually come up with answer but with words.
I have invented an expression for this personal form.
I call them
serial reframing.
And because I do believe in words and in their power to deceive, I have deceived my self by starting blogging.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


If I assume that transit spaces in public sphere (all spaces of transfer, movement and changing) are always spaces with a purpose, rules, regulations and control (recognizable or unrecognizable one, even illegal), I attribute to my self the task to find places without a task, without a function.
I name them Places_Out_Of_Purpose.

These are abandoned places.
Places abandoned by their rulers, by their function.

Every place within the borders of a city is always under control. Even if this control is only the definition of its size by the size of the buildings around them.

Nevertheless, there are Places_Out_Of_Purpose in a city.


Title: Informal Design

Introduction: Katie Hepworth(AUS)

Speakers: Hugo Moline(AUS), Ben Milbourne(AUS)

Location: Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Köpenicker Straße 48/49 Aufgang A, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

Time: 19H, 22.05.07

Are infrastructures of informality possible? Can the informalism of the 3rd world mega-city be applied to the 1st world city?

Ben Milbourne and Hugo Moline are young, up and coming Australian architects, working in a global context. While their approach to architecture differs significantly, dealing with First world desires and Third world needs respectively, they share an approach to urbanism which embraces the informal and the chaotic in order to create and maintain dynamic, vibrant and changing communities and urbanisms. This focus marks a dramatic shift from that traditionally associated with Australian architecture and urban design, as represented in the DAZ exhibition in September. Ben and Hugo will discuss their own work in the context of contemporary Australian architecture and a wider global context.


Title: ‘Adaptive Reuse’ and Transit in Australian Art + Architecture

Introduction: Katie Hepworth(AUS)

Speakers: Miriam Mlecek(DE/AUS), Isabelle Toland(AUS) and Jasper Knight(AUS)

Location: Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Köpenicker Straße 48/49 Aufgang A, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

Time: 19H, 24.04.07

The Transit Lounge is an artist-in-residence program for Australian + Berlin-based artists and architects, which aims to blur the boundaries between the disciplines through a focus on short, process-focused, interdisciplinary collaborations. The program challenges artists to rethink their approach to art-making by encouraging them to adapt, reuse, evolve and even destroy the work of previous artists in the space.

Isabelle Toland, Jasper Knight and Miriam Mlecek are all artists-in-residence at the Transit Lounge. They will discuss their own work in reference to the process of the Transit Lounge, and to the broader context of contemporary Australian art and architecture.


Place and Memory

Introduction: Miriam Mlecek(DE/AUS)

Speakers: Katie Hepworth (AUS), Detlef Junkers(DE), Kathrin Zöller(DE) and Thomas Brüggemann(DE)

Location: Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Köpenicker Straße 48/49 Aufgang A, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

Time: 19H, 03.04.07

Challenging the accepted paradigm that defines transit places as non-places, Australian curator and architect Katie Hepworth will discuss nomadic trajectories and the temporary creation of place in marginal spaces, with Berlin-based Detlef Junkers and Kathrin Zöller from Junkers+Partner and artist Thomas Brüggemann. The conversation will focus on collective memory and the city, and the way in which associations are layered, imprinted and erased from its spaces.

(image from subtopia)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

perception vs physicality