AA Berlin Laboratory 2009
The art world, a system of producing, showing and exporting art, is obviously starting to shape the city of Berlin. Artists, collectors, curators, galleries have become pioneers in the colonization and transformation of spaces: flats, warehouses, factories, streets, whole neighbourhoods and districts are being converted into both individual and shared studios and galleries. The borders between private engagement and public institutions are shifted & dispersed, new collaborations and typologies emerge. A complex relationship between the Art world and the urban fabric of the city of Berlin can be observed, waiting for conceptualization.
The representation of dynamic systems calls for a tactical, operative and adaptive form of cartography which represents specific situations, relationships and actions as well as global phenomena and more complex systems. Different layers of information, collected knowledge and graphic conventions are connected to the physical experience made in the field.
The unit started with a series of experimental sessions. Several expert sessions rhythmized the week. Promenadologe (Strollologist) Bertram Weisshaar joined us for a walk around AVUS to introduce walking as a tool for inventive analysis of (urban) spaces of any kind. The group had the opportunity to visit several artists in their studios such as Larissa Fassler, Olafur Eliasson and Jorinde Voigt.
The fieldwork started with individual observations at various locations spread all over the city, task: 1. go there 2. immerse yourself into the situation, use your oblique strategy & your knowledge 3. get to know at least one person 4. take notes. During the week four expert groups were formed to concentrate on specific topics.
A collaborative map with several layers of information using different media was created, giving a deeper understanding of the urban dynamics of Berlin. The map was continuously updated and extended by adding the work of the expert groups: Memory (inside / outside: The Wall, Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Zimmerstrasse), Accessibility (Charlottenburg Power Plant & around Blumenhalle in Kreuzberg), Transformation (Tracking the Art Crowd; Whole City Area), Sound-/Signscapes (The Sensory Exploration Map of a Small Slice of Urban Paradise - Skulpturenpark Berlin).
The AA Berlin Laboratory of The Architectural Association School of Architecture took place at the Aedes Network Campus Berlin from Sep 4th to Sep 12th 2009, students from six continents joined the AA Berlin Lab! Programme Directors: Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer; Unit Masters: Jens Casper, Sven Pfeiffer (unit 1); Christopher Dell, Stephano Rabolli (unit 2); The Unit 1 Party: Alberto Fiore, Giulia Lindsay, Isabelle Kievenheim, Issac Smeeke, Kate Kotcheff, Katerina Kefalogianni, Luuk Vlamings, Morgan Lewis, Pippa Ruse, Rachel Hill, Rory Mclean, Sun Joo Yang, Victoria Deligianni, Raraskevi Vivi Iliopoulou. Thank You!