This four day intensive workshop specifically looks at the ways in which we can both be inspired by and change our relationship to the city - Berlin - while examining artistic strategies like psychogeography, situationism and urban intervention.
In this intensive workshop we will look at the ways in which we can both be inspired by and change our relationship to the city. It is a means of (re)considering and (re)discovering a city you may know well or be in for the first time. We will examine where, in a complex historical metropolis like Berlin, the centre might be and we will explore its edges and the periphery. We will be walking, talking, tracing, playing and developing strategies to see the city anew.
Through set tasks and exercises you will be working in small groups to find modes of being and performing in the city. Some of the techniques and artistic strategies we will examine and use come from pyschogeography, Situationism and other modes of urban interventions. Alongside the work in the city we will be contextualising such practices by sharing the work of other artists who have made work which either challenges or shifts one's relationship to city life and finding inspiration to create other strategies for oneself and others. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear and be prepared to be outside for several hours a day (sunscreen + hat if necessary).
This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Studium Generale at the University of the Arts. This means the course will be open to students of the University up to a maximum of 12 people. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants.
The British artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers have been based in Berlin since 2001 and working together under the name plan b since 2002. Our work crosses the boundaries between visual art, new media, performance, installation and socially engaged practice. It has been shown in festivals, exhibitions, theatres and on the streets of many different cities. We consider what we do to be site specific and relationship specific. Alongside participatory and performative projects we also have developed strategies to share our practice in educational contexts on a number of different courses in Germany and abroad.
Daniel Belasco Rogers und Sophia New
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