How do we live in the cities and how do cities live in us? As a russian street artist Radya writes in his urban art manifesto, our whole inner world is linked to the city; this connection is perpetuated through all of our senses. The city is the footprint we leave behind. It’s a faithful imprint of our times and ideas. The relationship between the inner and the outer worlds is the key element of street art. In “City Lab” workshops we explore questions of How do children and young people imagine the city they genuinely want to live in? What do they miss in cities of today? What could cities of the future be like? And how can we start bringing these dreams into reality today?

“VerWANDlung”

Children from various local schools from Neukölln neighbourhood of Berlin have designed motifs for the public space transformation – for a giant tile wall on a little street, Neckarstrasse, in Berlin. They convey their visual visions to the fellow neighbours and guests: What is important for our city? What is important for us? What bugs us? The artwork is brought to the wall in cooperation with professional climbers. The project takes place in spring-summer 2017.

Participating schools:
Hermann-Boddin-Schule
Werkschule Löwenherz
Röntgenschule

Supporting artists:
Sabina Abdulajeva, Michael Bause, Barbara Cousin, Lucia Fischer, Seraphina Lenz and Marie Letkowski

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“ELFENSTADT”

We built a city with kids and their families as a creative installation to be part of EXPERIMENTDAYS 2017 (an event dedicated to self-organisation, participation and innovation in the city). We are building a city for elves, animals and people. How does it look like? How does it sound? How does it smell? What plants live there? We create imaginary landscapes, using recycled materials. Thinking about sustainability, living together and diversity. Created in collaboration with Romy Blümel.