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Living the City. An exhibition About Cities, People, and Stories.

Living the City. An exhibition About Cities, People, and Stories.

Curated by Lukas Feireiss, curator, artist, and author working across disciplinary boundaries, Tatjana Schneider, professor of architectural theory at TU Braunschweig, and TheGreenEyl, translator of complex themes into large-scale installations and exhibitions, the exhibition Living the City tells over fifty stories from architecture, art, and city planning projects in the main hall of the former Berlin-Tempelhof Airport. The exhibition was commissioned by The National Urban Development Policy of Germany and shows processes and opportunities for action in cities across Europe. What emerges are the stories of cities and the way these are often simultaneous, contradictory, overlapping, and inextricably connected. The packed program includes lectures, workshops, and symposiums and encourages active participation and contribution from visitors. The approach is vivid and lively. It is on view until December 20, 2020.

Photos: Bêka & Lemoine, Homo Urbanus; Jan Dirk van der Burg; Torhaus; morePlatz, Sebastian Mölleken; Superflex; We Are City Plaza, Claude Somot & Xiaofu Wang, Jack (Wizzel B), Zhenos; ateliermob + Colectivo Warehouse, Fernando Guerra; Klaus Thymann

For three months, the former airport is transformed into a venue for city life. In a walk-through urban collage, visitors encounter a range of stories from people and projects that are actively involved in the city and civic society. These stories ask questions concerning fundamental activities like loving, living, making, participating, learning, playing, moving, and dreaming in the city. These are stories that shape and transform, that make you feel and think.

“These stories come alive through urban inhabitants: in the ways, they live and work, in the ways they play and dream. Children, youths, and seniors, with the most diverse desires, hopes, and ways of life. Long-time residents and newcomers. Their experiences differ. They know the city in different ways. But they all take part in city life and thus, more or less directly shape the city. These activities are inscribed in the city and become (hi)stories. They are the accounts of making the city, that speak for themselves in the Living the City exhibition. Exceptionally distinct projects from the fields of architecture, art, and urban planning, as well as objects, artifacts, photography, and film will come together in the monumental main hall of the former Berlin-Tempelhof Airport—itself a place rich with history and stories.”

– Lukas Feireiss, Tatjana Schneider, TheGreenEyl (Curatorial Team)

The exhibition’s playful approach includes over fifty projects from across Europe. The electic mix of contributors includes Alive Architecture (Belgium) a research-based practice in Brussels run by Petra Pferdmenges, who has challenged the architect’s role in city-making since 2010; Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine (France / Italy), video-artists, filmmakers, producers, and publishers who are at the forefront of being architectural artists; Larissa Fassler (Canada / Germany), a Berlin-based Canadian artist focused on the symbiotic relationships between people and places; No Shade (International), a collective, club night series, and DJ training program for femme, trans, and non-binary DJs based in Berlin; Olalekan Jeyifous (Nigeria / United States), an artist who  creates fantastical, futuristic images of cities; Planbude (Germany), a transdisciplinary office, organizing the planning and participation for a 28,000-square-meter ensemble of houses in place of the former Esso-Houses on Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, Hamburg; and  Superflex (Denmark) a Danish artist group founded in 1993 who describe their projects as tools: proposals that invite people to participate in and communicate the development of experimental models that alter the economic production conditions.

With this list of participants alone, the exhibition can be seen as an expanding process of rewriting and transforming through the very real stories of complex, exciting, and contested city life. The good news is that even if you are not in Berlin you can also explore the exhibition virtually here.

Photos: Nicola Zolin; ZUS, Ossip van Duivenbode; ExRotaprint, xsentrikarts, Yilmaz Vurucu; Rotor; Superflex, Mike Magnussen; S AM Swim City, Jürg Egli; Bêka & Lemoine, Homo Urbanus; ZUS, Fred Ernst

DATES: 9/25 – 12/20, 2020 / LOCATION: Tempelhof Airport Platz der Luftbrücke 5 12101 Berlin / CURATORS: Lukas Feireiss, Tatjana Schneider, TheGreenEyl / COMISSIONED BY: the Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community within the framework of the National Urban Development Policy, Germany / PARTICIPANTS: Alive Architecture (Belgium), Assemble (Great Britain), Átalakuló Wekerle (Hungary), ateliermob (Portugal), Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine (France / Italy), BCNecologia (Spain), Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau (Netherlands), Jan Dirk van der Burg (Netherlands), Civic Architects (Netherlands), Colectivo Warehouse (Portugal), Constructlab (Germany / Netherlands), Crimson Historians and Urbanists (Netherlands), Frédéric Druot (France), Jürg Egli (Switzerland), ENDBOSS (Germany), Eutropian (Austria / Italy / Hungary), Erlebe was geht GmbH (Germany), Larissa Fassler (Canada), Genossenschaft Kalkbreite (Switzerland), Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter (Sweden), Granby Four Streets CLT (Great Britain), Tue Greenfort (Denmark), Jeppe Hein (Denmark), Bernadette La Hengst (Germany), Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Christophe Hutin Architecture (France), Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse (Netherlands), IZS-Görlitz (Germany), Dominika Janicka (Poland), Olalekan Jeyifous (Nigeria / United States), Rubén Dario Kleimeer (Netherlands), Andreas Koch (Germany), Lacaton & Vassal (France), Steve Lambert (United States), Gerhard Lang (Germany), Kyle McDonald (United States), MaaS Global (Finland), Mecanoo Architecten (Netherlands), Mietshäuser Syndikat (Germany), Ministarstvo prostora (Serbia), morePlatz (Germany), Müller Sigrist Architekten AG (Switzerland), No Shade (International), Ahmet .ğüt (Turkey), Raumlabor Berlin (Germany), Parckfarm T&T (Belgium), PlanBude (Germany), Platzprojekt e.V. (Germany), Play the City (Netherlands), Rotor DC (Belgium), Schlesische27 (Germany), Claude Somot (France), Superflex (Denmark), Ta ktyk (Belgium), Teple Misto (Ukraine), The Black Archives (Netherlands), Klaus Thymann (Denmark), Torhaus Berlin (Germany), Xiaofu Wang (Australia / Germany), Wermke Leinkauf (Germany), White Arkitekter (Schweden), Nicola Zolin (Italy), ZUS – Zones Urbaines Sensibles (Netherlands), and many more. / TEXT: Edited from the press materials by NESS. / FULL PROGRAM & INFO: https://livingthecity.eu/en/ausstellung/

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