In the green area in front of Niemeyer-Haus Kristina Leko and David Smithson will create a space for meeting and exchange that unfolds over eight weeks. Their outdoor installation comprises two ground-based works that replicate on a 1:1 the floor plans of an apartment and a communal space in the Niemeyer-Haus scale using gravel, paving slabs, cobble stones and screed. The green area is part-private and part-public. Ownership is clearly demarcated: the public area with structural interventions such as paving stones, the private area with plants and tape.
The meetings with the residents and passers-by all centre around the question of communal living: How can we improve the way we live together – both here in the Hansaviertel and in the wider world?
The Hansaviertel was built out of a belief in the idea of community and this is reflected in the architecture of the houses, for example their many communal areas. Surveys carried out on site as well as cultural-anthropological research in the Hansaviertel from 2007 suggest that the community idea, although not entirely successful, is still a very strong point of reference for many residents. On-site research carried out by the artists revealed the Niemeyer-Haus, with its well-maintained communal space, to be an ideal example of functioning communal life. In many of the other houses, however, the communal rooms have been reduced and/or are no longer in use.
Over a period of several weeks residents and passers-by will be engaged in conversations as well as individual interviews. Through these exchanges, a combined text will be formulated – a manifesto about the good life at Hansaplatz. In conclusion, this manifest will be presented to the general public at an open reading. In addition, the manifesto will be published as a poster.
The first meeting for Niemeyer-Haus residents and passers-by was held on 11.05.2019 at 3 pm over coffee and cake on the grass in front of the house.
More meetings will be held on:
Saturday, 25.05.19 at 3 pm
Friday, 31.05.19 at 6pm
Saturday, 01.06.19 at 3 pm
Saturday, 08.06.19 at 3 pm
Saturday, 15.06.19 at 3 pm
Friday, 21.06.19 at 6pm
Saturday, 22.06.19 at 5 pm
Saturday, 10.08.19 at 5 pm
Saturday, 17.08.19 at 5 pm
Saturday, 31.08.19 at 5 pm
Saturday, 07.09.19 at 5 pm
Bring some chairs along!
For additional appointments and individual interviews please visit:
www.bringt-ein-paar-stuehle-mit.de anmeldung@ bringt-ein-paar-stuehle-mit.de
Final presentation and reading of the manifesto:
Saturday, 14.09.2019 at 6 pm