OKK/Raum29 is an atelier, experimental- and exhibition space, a mediating platform for dialogue which offers a place for a diverse range of art works in the frame of an „expanded art term“ (Beuys). OKK is an artist-run platform for cultural activism based in Berlin, Germany.
Rather than supporting single artistic careers, the initiative aims at providing a basic structure for artists and locals to join an open network of topic-specific activities. OKK has been home to various participative, collaborative and socially engaged projects - in its neighbourhood in Berlin, Wedding, as well as in other parts of Germany and abroad.
Regularly, we invite artists and cultural workers from different genres to present their works in exhibitions and artistic events. The interdisciplinarity of the projects is important to us. The OKK / room 29 has been used in different ways by international artists sinse summer 2007. Artists from various disciplines convert the space according to their own aesthetics. Since its founding, over 40 exhibitions and cultural events took place in OKK.
The organizing project group of OKK has placed emphasis on a socio-critical art culture. We want to mobilize art around social and cultural political themes and bring together its wide range of expression. Our network generates possibilities of exchange and political discourse. It reaches out from the local to the international and metanational context. Our notion of art is that of a "plough for working the socio-politics in the sense of a civil and autonomous society, opposing reactionary tendencies like racism, militarism, sexism, dogmas, fascism, and all their inhumane expressions!"
The collectives of the different projects work at the interface of art and activism.