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Telling about each other and learning from each other = Mixer

Project Lab

The goal of the project was to build and foster dialogue between young refugees and locals in the Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. Participants explored their neighborhood surroundings with cameras and microphones and discovered new places and rooms that would normally be off limits. They asked questions and told their stories. The aim was to bring neighbors from different cultural backgrounds closer together through dialogue between refugees and locals and neighborhood institutions.

Participants created an experimental journal—in digital or analog form—and used it to document their experiences with photographs, drawings, recordings, and interviews.

 

In this joint project, participants expressed personal interests and formulated visions for their future, critically examined differing values, and worked together to develop journalistic methods for approaching their field research. The group context provided a safe space to overcome insecurities, inhibitions, and fears, and to express, discuss, and address different perceptions and ideas. It also left room to be spontaneous and to deal with sensitive issues. The joint authorship served as a means to build bridges and at the same time build self-confidence in the individual participants. At the end of the project, there was a presentation of project outcomes for the participants and their parents. It was open to people from the neighborhood as well.


Constanze Flamme studied Visual Communication at the FH Potsdam and Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She has received grants from the Academy of Arts Berlin, and VG Bildkunst Bonn.

Katja Schütt is a visual artist. She studied Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Experimental Photography at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, and Sculpture at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art.

Period April – June 2016
Participants 10 participants between the ages of 13 and 17 from the Refugee Center Straßburger Str, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Project Coordination Constanze Flamme, Katja Schütt

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