Matthias Einhoff, (*1972) is an artist and co-director of ZK/U (Center for Arts and Urbanistics) He lives and works in Berlin. As a member of the artist collective Superschool, he developed various experimental performances aiming at collective knowledge production, such as Congress of Halfknowledge, Gesichtsbuch and Superschool TV. In 2010 he founded Wasteland Twinning Network, which hijacks the concept of city twinning to be applied for research and artistic action on urban wastelands worldwide. As a founding member of the artist collective KUNSTrePUBLIK, he has been working as an artist, curator, researcher and activist in the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, in Sonsbeek Park 2016, at the Jakarta Biennale 2013 and the 5th Berlin Biennale, for Urbane Künste Ruhr, and further more. In 2012, together with Philip Horst and Harry Sachs, he founded ZK/U - Center for Arts and Urbanistics - an interdisciplinary hub for urban research and artistic practice in a former cargo-station in Berlin, Moabit. He has been teaching at the University of Art, Berlin, the Hochschule für Kunst, Kassel and has been conducting workshops for Digital Arts Lab, Holon, the Goethe Institute Moscow, the Beaconhouse College in Lahore, etc. In 2016, KUNSTrePUBLIK was one of the initiators of Haus der Statistik, a housing and workspace project in the centre of Berlin aiming at the integration of refugees, artists and social initiatives in an abandoned administrational building.
Artists have the ability to look at social questions from a different perspective, they can produce ‘social’ prototypes, that would have been unthinkable before