Urban Practice and Pedagogy

Community Economies Workshop, Common(s)Lab @ Floating University, Berlin (2020)

Introducing theoretical frameworks for diverse, community, and solidarity economies, we explored post-capitalist processes, structures, and economies that could sustain a space such as the Floating University. We explored case studies and mobilised feminist-inspired consciousness-raising and ‘deep mapping’ methodologies to register and visualise the myriad practices, values, meanings, and economies (monetary | non-monetary | visible | invisible) that are already embedded in the project and the broader neighbourhood context. 

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Care Workshop, Common(s)Lab @ Questioning the Creative City Symposium, New Castle (2019)

Common(s)Lab was invited to host a performative workshop at the Questioning the Creative City Symposium in New Castle. Drawing a component of the care work taking place during the symposium—in this case, the catering—from the margins, we invited participants to a rotating sandwich preparation table. At 5 minute intervals, a different question relating to care was posed: one partner would answer while preparing a sandwich, the other partner would visually record the responses on the “table cloth”. Rotate and repeat.

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Wunschproduktion Process, Common Grounds | Commons Evening School, Prinzessinnengarten (2019-2020)

The Wunschproduktion (“wish” or “desire” production) process was organised by the Commons Evening School during the broader 99-Years campaign to secure the future of Prinzessinnengarten. The term Wunschproduktion was borrowed from Park Fiction—a non-commercial artistic, social, and political initiative—who mobilised the phrase “one day the wishes will leave the apartment and take to the streets” to denote the collective production of dreams and desires for a (then not-yet-existing) park on Pinnasberg Street in Hamburg, Germany.

The Wunschproduktion process adopted creative modes to reveal both the forces and desires at play in the city, to contest and cultivate them, and to carve different imaginaries and practices for the city as our collective oeuvre. For example, a workshop titled “Speculative Real-Estate / Speculative” invited people to join us in imagining a future scenario whereby Prinzessinnengarten and other social spaces had lost their lease to the predatory speculative practices of real-estate companies. Through a format of individual narrative construction and collective storytelling, pressing issues in the Mortizplatz area were identified and fictional realms were created to explore the problems, needs, dreams and possible trajectories. Additionally, a historical timeline of the various developments and struggles connected to the site, and the surrounding neighbourhood, was constructed, transcending the singular and local to create passages that could connect these historical memories with the present and the future.

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Holzbauworkshop, Common(s)Lab @ Nette Ecke (2019)

In collaboration with Artistania, and the project Nette Ecke, different objects were built by neighbours, friends, passersby, and us using salvaged wood from the streets. 

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Urban Commons Workshop @ Reclaim the Hometown (2018)

A workshop on the urban commons in the context of “Reclaim the Hometown”, a German-Ukrainian youth exchange on participative citizenship and urban activism, curated and hosted by Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. in Berlin.

Image: CC BY-NC 4.0 KulturLabor Trial&Error e.V.

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Musaka’a Cooking Workshop with Bashar, Kiezacker Project @ Refugio (2016)