Democracy as a structural experiment

Germany and Europe are facing major challenges: Differences of opinion on the future are clashing with economic crises, fears are growing and radical tendencies are on the rise. The challenge now is not to drift further apart, but to move closer together.

What can spaces and facilities of the future look like in which encounters are made possible and political debates and decisions are made? The DEMOCRACY BUILDING project is about visionary, concrete spatial ideas for meetings and exchanges between groups and parties with opposing opinions.

Different visions and cultures shape democracy. Since early summer 2018, young people from various scenes, refugees from accommodation centres, school pupils and trainees have been exploring the strange nature of democracy, exchanging opinions and experiences and sketching out a global future together. The result is objects, installations and film material that give shape to the young people’s perspectives and statements; holistic designs for a new world, utopian and concrete models of what the communal meeting places and negotiation venues of the future could look like.

All World Assembly – ein Fil

All World Assembly – a film and performance project on the future of the world
Jerszy Seymour  and the Dirty Art Department

Facades and facets of democracy – digital photo editing and modelling
Michael Wolke

City of the future – what could community spaces of the future look like?
Nahed Mansour & Redwane Jabal with the AWO
Refugee accommodation centre »Refugium an der Havel«

Planet Zille – a four-week summer course with Berlin pupils from the Heinrich-Zille-Grundschule
Various artists

Parliamentary spaces – a modelling and hip-hop workshop
with StreetUniverCity Berlin

What is democracy anyway? – Workshop at Schloss Trebnitz with pupils from Johanna-Eck-Schule, Berlin and  Theodor-Fontane-Schule,, Letschin
various artists

Talking about community spaces – meeting with students of the UdK in their room construction for the Making Futuress Summer School at Haus der Statistik
Aris Kress–Kallidromitis u. a.


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Pictures: All World Assembly – A movie – and performance project about the future of the world | Jerszy Seymour and the Dirty Art Department