Thursday, 30 July 2009


Magdalena welcoming us to the building

Enzo Mari's furniture

the kitchen

the reading room

Magdalena Magiera at e-flux video rental space

e-flux video rental

Dear friends,

After three years in Berlin, we feel that the time has come to close shop and let other initiatives fill the space that has been created by all of us throughout this time.

As a way to start this process, we are planning a closing event called How Do You Want To Be Credited? for which we will turn the building over to you -- our public -- for a two day weekend program scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd. We are open to all ideas and proposals for presentations (up to 30 minutes in duration), performances, screenings, talks or other actions. Any spaces in The Building can be used.

If you are in Berlin in August and would like to be part of The Building's closing program, please send a description of what you would like to do, to by August 1st, and we will consider it for our final weekend.


Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14A was originally rented by e-flux in 2006 to house unitednationsplaza project in the wake of the cancellation of Manifesta 6. Following unitednationsplaza, we turned our building into The Building, where we presented numerous screenings and discussions as part of a year long installation of the e-flux video rental project, maintained a public reading room of several thousand books on contemporary art contributed by more than 500 art institutions and individuals from all parts of the world, and commissioned a year long lecture series by Berlin-based critic Jan Verwoert. The Building hosted many other events such as seminars, magazine and book launches, as well as memorable drunken dance nights at our basement bar.

We wish to deeply thank all the people who contributed their ideas and time to The Building.

We will miss you!

Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle & Magdalena Magiera

The Building
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14a
10249 Berlin DE
phone: 030 28 04 79 73

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