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Opening: Friday, February 21, 2020, 20:00

Niddastraße 57
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Regular opening times until April 6th: Mondays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and by appointment,, 01778389891

The Realism Working Group developed the flexible furniture Tablar as a permanent contribution to the SYNNIKA space. Tablar is a shelf, cabinet and table construction. The furniture supports the flexible usage concept of the room; it serves as an archive, lockable material store and work furniture for workshops and other events. A large format-filling transparent print on the front window of the SYNNIKA room shows a selection of books of the SYNNIKA team. From the outside, the window offers a first overview of the content stored in the Tablar and invites visitors to use the furniture and to deal with the topics of SYNNIKA, from housing issues to the criticism of art.

SYNNIKA is an experimental space for practice and theory, embedded in a heterogeneous community of residents, neighbors, visitors and activists. At SYNNIKA, visual art installations, workshops, discussions and other formats of coming together are organized. The room is located on the ground floor of a former office and store building at the intersection of Niddastraße and Karlstraße. Through the initiative of its current residents, the building was permanently collectivized and converted into the as an integrated project of the transregional syndicate of tenements.

The Realism Working Group was founded in Frankfurt in 2008 and has been working ever since on the relationship between art and realism. Since 2012, the group members Jessica Sehrt, Martin Stiehl and Jeronimo Voss have been involved in urban activism in the run-up to the SYNNIKA space, which they co-founded in 2019, also as residents of the Tablar was developed by Martin Stiehl and Jeronimo Voss in collaboration with the SYNNIKA team and the company GP-Objekt Frankfurt.



Eröffnung: Freitag, 21.2.2020, 20:00

Regelmäßige Öffnungszeiten bis 6.4.: Montags 16:00-18:00 und nach Vereinbarung,, 01778389891

Für ihren Beitrag im SYNNIKA entwickelt die Realism Working Group das flexible Möbel Tablar. Tablar ist eine Mischung aus Regal-, Schrank- und Tischkonstruktion, maßangefertigt zur dauerhaften Nutzung im SYNNIKA. Das Möbel unterstützt das flexible Nutzungskonzept des Raums; es dient als Archiv, verschließbares Materiallager und Arbeitsmobiliar für Workshops und andere Veranstaltungen. Ein großer formatfüllender Transparentdruck am Schaufenster des SYNNIKA-Raums bildet die derzeit archivierten Bücher des SYNNIKA-Teams ab. Das Fenster bietet so von außen einen ersten Überblick der im Tablar abgelegten Inhalte und lädt die Besucher*innen ein das Möbel zu nutzen und sich mit den Themen des SYNNIKA zu beschäftigen, von Wohnungsfrage bis Kritik der Kunst.

SYNNIKA ist ein experimenteller Raum für Praxis und Theorie, eingebettet in eine heterogene Community aus Bewohner*innen, Nachbar*innen, Besucher*innen und Aktivist*innen. Im SYNNIKA werden visuelle Kunstinstallationen, Workshops, Diskussionen und andere Formate der Zusammenkunft ausgerichtet. Der Raum befindet sich im Erdgeschoss eines ehemaligen Büro- und Geschäftsgebäudes an der Kreuzung Niddastraße und Karlstraße im Frankfurter Bahnhofsviertel. Durch die Initiative seiner aktuellen Nutzer*innen wurde das Gebäude dauerhaft kollektiviert und in das umgewandelt, als ein integriertes Projekt des überregionalen Mietshäuser Syndikats.

Die Realism Working Group entstand 2008 in Frankfurt und arbeitet seitdem zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Realismus. Seit 2012 sind die Gruppenmitglieder Jessica Sehrt, Martin Stiehl und Jeronimo Voss involviert in stadtpolitische Projekte im Vorfeld des 2019 gegründeten, dem sie sich, auch als Bewohner*innen im, seit seiner Gründung zugehörig fühlen. Tablar wurde entwickelt von Martin Stiehl und Jeronimo Voss in Zusammenarbeit mit dem SYNNIKA-Team sowie der Firma GP-Objekte Frankfurt.




Longtang: Sammlung

Longtang, Lucie Kolb, Tobias Kasper, Andrea Lüdin @ SYNNIKA


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At SYNNIKA Longtang installs a selection of objects from its own collection, including contributions and works by: Andrea Lüdin, Anouk Tschanz, Emil Michael Klein, Lucie Kolb, Tobias Kaspar and Ludovica Parenti.

“To understand the soul of any city one must first decipher the maze of its longtangs, the sneaking alleyways of a city.”

Longtang, in Mandarin ‘alley’, can be described as an informal, organic little street, unlike boulevards, avenues, cul de sac and other planned street systems.

Longtang is located in a pavilion in Zurich Oerlikon, on the edge of the newly built cooperative settlement ›Hunziker Areal‹. The agglomeration of Zurich, between the airport, industry and new forms of living – these requirements inform the working methods.

Longtang was founded in April 2018 by Anne Gruber, Emil Michael Klein, Ludovica Parenti and Tobias Kaspar.

Visiting times by appointment via email or by phone at 01778389891

Anouk Tschanz


Longtang installiert im SYNNIKA eine Auswahl von Objekten aus der eigenen Sammlung, u.a. mit Beiträgen und Werken von: Andrea Lüdin, Anouk Tschanz, Emil Michael Klein, Lucie Kolb, Tobias Kaspar und Ludovica Parenti.

»To understand the soul of any city one must first decipher the maze of its longtangs, the sneaking alleyways of a city.«

Longtang, auf Mandarin ›Gasse‹, kann als informelle, organische gewachsene kleine Straße beschrieben werden, im Gegensatz zu Boulevards, Alleen, Cul de Sac und anderen geplanten Strassensystemen.

Longtang befindet sich in einem Pavillon in Zürich Oerlikon, am Rand der neu gebauten Genossenschaftssiedlung ›Hunziker Areal‹. Die Agglomeration von Zürich, zwischen Flughafen, Industrie und neuen Wohnformen – diese Voraussetzungen informieren die Arbeitsweisen.

Longtang wurde im April 2018 von Anne Gruber, Emil Michael Klein, Ludovica Parenti und Tobias Kaspar gegründet.

Besuchszeiten nach Vereinbarung per Email oder telefonisch unter 01778389891

Emil Michael Klein


Emil Michael Klein


Longtang, Lucie Kolb, Tobias Kasper, Andrea Lüdin @ SYNNIKA

Niddastraße 57
60594 Frankfurt am Main

Longtang: Sammlung

SJT – SoengJoengToi at SYNNIKA


August 3 – September 26, 2019
at SYNNIKA, Niddastraße 57, 60329 Frankfurt am Main,
Opening with food and drinks on Friday, August 2, 19:00 – 21:30
SJT Introduction talk with the artists, Friday, August 2, 17:00 – 19:00
SJT Workshop on Saturday, August 3, 11:00 – 13:00
SJT Film screening and discussion on Tuesday, August 13, 20:00 – 23:00
Regular opening times: Sundays and Tuesdays from 16:00 – 18:00, and by appointment (

SoengJoengToi (SJT) is a platform in Guangzhou (CHN) founded in 2017. It stems from the needs of artists for a mutual practice space. SJT is located in Changgang subway station, Haizhu District, embedded in a community of local inhabitants. So far, 13 long-term practice projects have been stationed at SJT. The newly founded SYNNIKA space in Frankfurt am Main invites SJT to setup a temporary branch of its organization in Frankfurt. At SYNNIKA the group presents its membership model as well as their artistic practice. The installation features various SJT-related projects such as Fong Fo, Folding Room, Traveller, the Band Hellkitty, BenGuangDaHuaLang, Theater 44, the Round Table Group, with various newspapers, catalogs, self-published zines, publications and videos. On Friday, August 2, 2019 at 17:00, an introduction by independent curator and SJT-Member Li Xiaotian will offer the public an opportunity to have a first view as well as conversations with the artists, followed by an opening event with drinks and food at 19:00. On the day after the opening SJT will host a discussion on the current political conflicts in the Chinese Pearl River Delta.


From International Trade War to Mass Demonstrations in Hong Kong
– observations of everyday life in the South of China
Workshop with SJT on August 3, 2019, 11:00
at SYNNIKA, Niddastraße 57, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Millions of people recently took the streets in Hong Kong protesting against a new law which would allow extradition to mainland China. The introduction of this law is widely seen as the Chinese government in Beijing strengthening its control over the former British colony. Hong Kong’s economical, social and political relations with the Mainland are manifold and inseparable from China’s industrial ascendance in becoming the „Workshop of the World“. On the other hand, Mainland China’s economy is facing many difficulties while undergoing major changes. It is still heavily relying on hundreds of millions of migrant workers toiling in its factories and precarious service jobs. The trade conflicts with the US signal that China’s export and depth fueled growth model is increasingly difficult to maintain. In this workshop we want to take a closer look into these tendencies. How do they relate to parallel developments in Europe? How can we relate to the class conflicts in the South of China?

Further reading:


SJT Moonlight Film Screening
on Tuesday, August 13, 20:00
at SYNNIKA, Niddastraße 57, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Burning (2019), 10’07’’,
by Ou Feihong
“A young beautiful mother is taking care of her children while sorting out pigwash in the suburb of Guangzhou. She said, there was no other way for us. The overall environment has tightened and deviated to the right since the end of 2017. Looking around and seeing all evil, incapable as I am, can only go to the ruins to paint and set them on fire.”
Cast: He Quan, Xie Shaoya, Liang Manyong
Ou Feihong is a Freelancer, currently working and living in Guangzhou, China.

Fairyland yet to dream: archeological site of Guangzhou Children’s Park (2019), 07’04,
by Xin Wei
This short video is inspired by the Guangzhou Children’s Park that was demolished in 2001 due to the excavation of the ruin of Nanyue Kingdom Palace. Wei used it as a narrative framework, linking it to the discussion on how homogenized methods of production compose contemporary happiness.
Xin Wei (born 1992 in Guangzhou) currently lives and works in Guangzhou and Shanghai. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He creates research-based narrations using mixed media, including writing, programing, sculpture, and moving image. His recent research is primarily concerning with the production logistics behind everyday objects that carry messages of social class and exist within the society of spectacle. He purchases small projects from online retailers and commissions factories around China to witness their work process. With these actions, he attempts to create a re-narration of the production-consumption-production circle.

Those Squares (2019), 21’08’’,
by Lu Xinyang
“Will you still experience nostalgia when the world starts to forget everything? Will you believe in the power of daydreaming? Will there be an explanation to everything that exists or has disappeared? Will you still remember those everyday feelings? This video documents the changes and memories that take place by the roads – just a small corner of a big city.”
Lu Xinyang is an illustrator but now makes videos for documentation. She is a video game lover, an ordinary and friendly person, daydreaming in her conservative daily life.

Occupy Qing Xi Park (2017), , 07’42’’,
by Zimu Zhang
“I returned to the small town Qing Xi where I grew up and documented how migrant workers were utilizing the public space, particularly the town park in their leisure time. They performed a certain type of occupation of the park (time, space, mind…). Together with participatory filming from the workers and my own reminiscence, the video serves as an affective archive of the world factory coming to an end.”
Zimu Zhang is a moving image practitioner and researcher. She is currently conducting her PhD research at City University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on the conjunction of moving image with new materiality and the society of control. She is also active in film curating, alternative space building and socially engaged art practices. She is the co-founder of the Moonshine Screening Project, one of the proprietors of the co-organized space SoengJoengToi in Guangzhou.


《浮园遗梦:广州儿童公园遗址》, 07’04 (2019)



《燃烧》,10’07’’ (2019)




自由职业, 目前工作生活于中国广州
《广场的角落》, 21’08’’ (2019)
她是一个有一定纪录片工作经历的插画师,现在开始尝试独立制作纪录短片。她喜欢电子游戏,是个普通而友善的人, 总是在局促的日常生活中做白日梦。

《占领清溪公园》, 07’42’’ (2017)





SJT – SoengJoengToi at SYNNIKA

OK NO – Claire Fontaine at SYNNIKA


Claire Fontaine
June 16 – August 1, 2019
Opening June 15, 19:00 – 21:00
Workshop with Claire Fontaine on June 16, 17:00 – 20:00
at SYNNIKA, Niddastraße 57, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

The first intervention at the SYNNIKA space in Frankfurt am Main’s Central Station district is an installation by feminist collective artist Claire Fontaine entitled OK NO (2019). The exhibition presents a newly developed site specific work to be discussed in a workshop with Claire Fontaine on the day after the opening, June 16 (17:30 – 20:00) in the SYNNIKA space.

Claire Fontaine was founded in 2004 in Paris, currently living and working in Palermo. Her practice ranges from sculpture to installation, from painting to text and video. She describes herself as a “ready-made artist” problematizing the concept of authorship as well as traditional forms of artistic subjectivization. Claire Fontaine also experiments with collective protocols of production, hijacks and the distribution of intellectual and private property. She tackles the problems of ownership and identity as foundational aspects of contemporary life.

SYNNIKA is an experimental space for practice and theory in Frankfurt am Main’s Central Station district. We invite artists, activists, newcomers and residents to put into question their, and our, surrounding urban reality. SYNNIKA itself has evolved from the critical engagement with the drastic urban developments of recent years. We are located in the ground-floor of the, a former office and store building at the intersection of Niddastrasse and Karlstraße. Through the initiative of its current residents the building was communalized via integration into the trans-regional Syndicate of Tenements. As isolating as the current urban realities might appear to its inhabitants, they are at the same time globally comparable. Thus we are interested in linking up with protagonists from different regional contexts. We host visual interventions, workshops, discussions, meetings and other formats relating to this environment. SYNNIKA was initiated by the Realism Working Group in collaboration with the


OK NO – Claire Fontaine at SYNNIKA



Eröffnung 08. März, 19 Uhr
Campus Bockenheim
Mertonstraße 26-28, 60325 Frankfurt am Main
21 Uhr Performance
Anna McCarthy: How To Start A Revolution: The Musical

Künstler*innen: Claudia von Alemann, Thomas Bayrle, Bazon Brock, Jonas Englert, Harun Farocki, Frankfurter Hauptschule, Karina Griffith, Barbara Klemm, Alexander Kluge, Anna McCarthy, Charlotte Moorman + Nam June Paik, outside the box, Realism Working Group (Jessica Sehrt, Martin Stiehl, Jeronimo Voss), Hartmut Rekort, Peter Roehr, Jörg Thums, Abisag Tüllmann, Inge Werth, Wolf Vostell, Holger Wüst, Frauke Zabel u.a.

Kuratorinnen: Michaela Filla-Raquin und Andrea Caroline Keppler

Die Ausstellung Kunst der Revolte // Revolte der Kunst beleuchtet 50 Jahre nach ‘68 die Wechselwirkungen zwischen künstlerischer Praxis und politischem Aktivismus in Frankfurt. Mit dem Fokus auf die lokale Kunstszene und emanzipatorische Initiativen vor und nach 1968 widmet sich die Ausstellung bislang weniger beachteten Akteuren*innen der 68er-Bewegung(en). Sie erweitert die Perspektive auch um einen feministischen und dekolonialen Blickwinkel und bezieht Gegenwartskunst als wichtige Produzentin aktueller Erinnerungskultur mit ein. Neben Werken damaliger Akteur*innen werden künstlerische Positionen vorgestellt, die Aspekte und Ideen der 1960er Jahre in Bezug auf ihre heutige Wirksamkeit befragen und weiterführen.

Als Ort der legendären Student*innenbewegung ist der Campus Bockenheim der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt längst ins kollektive Gedächtnis eingegangen. Vergessen ist jedoch, dass die Frankfurter Universität in den 60er Jahren auch Schauplatz einer ästhetischen Revolte war. Hier entwickelte sich in Auseinandersetzung mit Vertretern der Frankfurter Schule kritisches Bewusstsein, das in kollaborativen, künstlerischen Experimenten seinen Ausdruck fand. Hier führten Protagonist*innen der Fluxus- und Happening-Bewegung wie Bazon Brock, Wolf Vostell, Nam June Paik und Charlotte Moorman Aktionen durch, die studentische Protestformen vorwegnahmen. In der Ausstellung zeigen Arbeiten jüngerer Künstler*innen – raumgreifende Installation, Video, Performance, Fotografie und diskursive Formate –, dass die damals erprobten Formen von Selbstbestimmung, kritischer Intervention, solidarischem Miteinander und Kollaboration längst nicht erschöpft sind. Angesichts gegenwärtiger, gesellschaftlicher Entwicklungen suchen sie nach Alternativen und Möglichkeiten der Revolte.

Bild: Nicht löschbares Feuer © Harun Farocki 1969 – 19.6.1969 BRD Uraufführung Hörsaal V der Goethe-Universität, veranstaltet von der Basisgruppe Technologie und Auftragsforschung

Orte der Ausstellung:

Campus Bockenheim
Mertonstraße 26-28, 60325 Frankfurt am Main und

Dante 9
Ausstellungsraum des Universitätsarchivs Frankfurt
Dantestraße 9, 60325 Frankfurt am Main

Do, 16-20 Uhr, Fr-So, 14-18 Uhr
Eintritt frei

Ein Projekt des Offenen Haus der Kulturen e.V.

In Kooperation mit dem Universitätsarchiv Frankfurt, der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, dem AStA der Goethe-Universität, der Hessischen
Theaterakademie und weiteren mit dem Kulturcampus verbundenen Institutionen und Initiativen sowie District Berlin.



Offices to Living Space


offices to living space

Montag, 12. Juni 2017, 11:00 – 18:00, Niddastraße 57, Frankfurt am Main

Die Realism Working Group präsentiert im Erdgeschoss der Niddastraße 57 das Video “”. In dem selben Gebäude, Niddastraße Ecke Karlstraße, wird das Hausprojekt NiKa entstehen – die Gewerbeflächen werden umgewandelt in ein Gebäude das über die Eigentumsstruktur des Mietshäuser Syndikats dauerhaft von den Dynamiken des Immobilienmarkts entkoppelt wird. Eingebettet in die Fakten über den Leerstand in Frankfurt am Main und des Frankfurter Bahnhofsviertels skizziert die Gruppe das Modell einer Gesellschaft der Syndikate.

Das Screening findet statt im Rahmen von “Korrekturen. Kunst für den Öffentlichen Raum”:

Offices to Living Space

End of Pain?


Husslehof freut sich Einblicke in die Arbeit von Jessica Sehrt und der Realism Working Group geben zu dürfen. JS arbeitet an der Schnittstelle zwischen Biowissenschaften, zeitbasierten Medien, Klanginstallationen und Malerei. Unter dem Titel “End of Pain?“ verhandelt sie das Thema Reproduktion in Technologie, Biologie und Kunst. Die RWG stellt dieses Thema in den Kontext gemeinschaftlicher Arbeits- und Wohnkonzepte.

Eröffnung 15.09.2016
Ausstellung 16.09.2016 – 16.10.2016
Workshop 14. – 16.10.2016
mit Realism Working Group, Freunden und Gästen

Husslehof is pleased to show works by Jessica Sehrt and the Realism Working Group. JS works on the treshold between natural sciences, time-based media, sound installation and painting. In “End of Pain?” the artist deals with reproduction in technology, biology and art, while the Realism Working Group transfers the topic to the context of collective working and living concepts.

Opening 15.09.2016

Exhibition 16.09.2016 – 16.10.2016

Workshop 15.10.2016
with Kerstin Stakemeier (Berlin) and Jessica Sehrt, Martin Stiehl, Jeronimo Voss, and Felix Große-Lohmann (Frankfurt am Main) at Husslehof, Frankfurt am Main.

We will discuss central arguments of „REPRODUCING AUTONOMY – Work, money, crisis & contemporary art“
by Kerstin Stakemeier & Marina Vishmidt

Language of discussion: German/English

Participation is free, please register at:

Time schedule:
11:00 _ text reading
12:00-02:00_ discussion with Kerstin Stakemeier
03:00_ q&a with Jessica Sehrt
04:00_ drinks & discussion

Koblenzer Straße 12
60327 Frankfurt am Main
0049 173 411 5575

End of Pain?

Workshop: Economies of Time


with Paul Mattick (NYC), Eric-John Russel (London), Bart van der Stehn (Leiden), Jessica Sehrt, Martin Stiehl, Jeronimo Voss (Frankfurt am Main), a.m.o.

Date: Saturday, June 11, 4pm.
Location: Exhibition ‘Inverted Night Sky‘, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Rozenstraat 59, 1016 NN Amsterdam
Entrance: Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Please write to

The Dutch council communists of the 1930s outlined “the social revolution is nothing more than the introduction of the labour-hour as the unit measure regulating and controlling the whole of economic life” (The Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution, GIK Holland). Today, a calculation of the distribution of goods based on labour time appears outdated, given the industrial conditions of enormously increased productivity. Yet, under present conditions of chronic overproduction, what we lack the most of is time. How does the “Economy of Time“ determine our present perspective on politics, or even the visual arts of time based media?

Workshop: Economies of Time

Wohnungsfrage, HKW Berlin

wohnungsfrage web 2

Visit our 1:1 model of a room for one person in a Society of Syndicates, designed by Dogma and Realism Working Group, in the exhibition

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Opening/Ausstellungseröffnung Thu 22.10., 19h, free entrance/Eintritt frei
Presentation Sa 24.10., 16-17h
Discussion Fr 30.10., 19h

Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-18 um 15.51.30
1:1 model of a room for one person in the Communal Villa, 2015

Bildschirmfoto 2016-02-07 um 19.08.56
left: Philosophicum, 1960     right: Communal Villa, 2015

Wohnungsfrage, HKW Berlin