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2015-02-13

Open Lecture with Kerstin Meyer:

100% Tempelhof

Time: Wedn February 18, 2015, 16:00 - 17:30
Place: Royal Institue of Art, House 28

Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

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Language: English

The 'Tempelhofer Feld' once was the only airport in the middle of West-Berlin. After closing down the flight activities, the opened and huge airfield is full of diverse activities.

On 25 May 2014, 739.124 Berliners went to polling stations and voted to keep the city’s largest park and common land in public hands. After an 18 months qualification process and electoral campaign, the citizen referendum won by a large margin and with a majority in all districts of Berlin.

This landslide victory was even more shocking to the ruling parties, as they had spent millions to convince the public otherwise, with the estate and construction sectors and also the mainstream newspapers on their side. Few months after the vote, the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, announces his resignation.

Now, nine months after, citizen’s movements concerned with the social and sustainable development of the city are greatly strengthened and cooperating on a city-wide scale. Will they be able to stop the sale of parks and public land, slow the spiraling housing prices and prevent the continuing departure of lower income households by which the city loses the social mixture so typical for Berlin?


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Kerstin Meyer currently works at the Strategic Planning Unit at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm. As a trained economist and policy advisor she has for more than 20 years accompanied governance and development policy processes in West Africa and advised organisations of international cooperation. As a cultural activist she co-founded 'Les artistes debouts', a publishing platform for socially and politically committed playwrighters and artists from Senegal and neighbouring countries. She was part of the citizen initiative '100% Tempelhofer Feld' that initiated, and campaigned for the most successful referendum ever held in Berlin.

Welcome!

/Jochen Becker

2014-12-04

Open Lecture with Daniel Kötter/stage theatre:

Performing Ruins


Time: Thu December 4, 2014, 18:00 - 20:00
Place: Royal Institue of Art, House 28

Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

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Language: English

Welcome to an open lecture and discussion with the Berlin based artist, composer and director Daniel Kötter.

Daniel Kötter will present 'state-theatre: Lagos' which is one of a series of six experimental video documentaries all dealing with the role and ruins of national stages. The series are the result of a collaborative work together with, among others, the stage designer and artist Constanze Fischbeck.

Latest shown at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2014, the series include documentations of performances made on location in Lagos, Teheran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut and Mönchengladbach.  The video works explore the stages as architectural spaces, reflecting their context as well as their history in highly differentiated perspectives. The camera work as well as the performances by actors, dancers or experts construct a discursive architecture.

The word 'theatre' refers first and foremost to the place and architecture of a performance, rather than to what is being performed. Even after centuries, a theatre’s architecture represents the visual order from which it emerged: the possibilities for artistic production are historically conditioned. The geometrical space of architecture is pitted against the anthropological space of its use.

Welcome!

/Jochen Becker



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