City Limits launch: The Empty Centre + Rachel Armstrong 

Image of a film by Hito Steyerl, 'Die Leere Mitte' ('The Empty Centre')

Join us for a free screening of artist Hito Steyerl’s Die Leere Mitte (The Empty Centre) to mark the launch of City Limits, a new open call in partnership with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape for artists working in the moving image.

After the fall of the Berlin wall, planners pledged to return the city centre to its pre-war home at Potsdamer Platz. The meaning and use of public space in the intervening years, however, had shifted, inflected architecturally by postmodernism and politically by late 20th century capitalism. As Steyerl’s engrossing film charts, Berlin’s Neue Mitte became less a symbol of civic spirit and more an expression of the unrestricted ambitions of private developers, excluding as many people as it welcomed. 

Introduced by Professor Rachel Armstrong (Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University), followed by a Q&A

Wednesday 30 October
Tyneside Cinema (Roxy)
Book tickets


Die Leere Mitte (The Empty Centre)

Hito Steyerl

Video, colour, sound

About the artist

Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she co-founded the Research Center for Proxy Politics, together with Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin. Steyerl has had solo exhibitions, among others, at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Artists Space, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Group exhibitions include the German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; the Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany; CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); Cut to Swipe, Museum of Modern Art, New York; the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and many others.

About the contributor

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She is a Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (April-May 2016), TWOTY futurist 2015, Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. She is Director and founder of the Experimental Architecture Group (EAG) whose work has been published widely as well as exhibited and performed at the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, the Trondheim Art Biennale, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Institute of Advanced Architecture, Catalonia (IAAC), Aarhus Kuntshal, the University of the Underground (Amsterdam), The Gallatin School, New York University, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, and Culture Lab at Newcastle University.