Yesterday, Jochen Sandig founded Tachelles, the former graffiti art house in Oranienburgerstr; today he is one of the founders of Radialsystem.
During a conference on public space held at the Hertie School in 2008, this location was referred to as a theatre, to which Mr Sandig replied: “I am sorry, I have to contradict you, this space is not a theatre; Radialsystem is … a Radialsystem”. And indeed it is. Meaning a space of its own, with its own identity.
Radialsystem used to be a pumping station for a new system of waste water management for the city until 1999, and it is now one elegant and curious looking space for contemporary arts. The mixture of bricks and glass welcomes the viewer with a wide terrace by the river, a bar and a tamed industrial interior hosting diverse art and music events. Make sure to check their website before heading over.
Radialsystem is a space for creative ideas and hosts new media exhibitions, dance performances, concerts, theatre plays, conferences, receptions and more. One can also just have a drink on the terrace, even though the space is a bit off the beaten track. One exhibition opening I attended there dazzled us with a cello concert performed in the dark. One could not see. But the thinking, the context fostered, surely was loud.