MONUMENT VALLEY holds artistic, historically-themed workshops that experiment with forms of reflection and build bridges to social responsibility, solidarity and empathy.

People from all over the world come together in Berlin, living in a sea of housing structures that spread out across a wafer-thin membrane over the stories of war, colonialism, migration flows and revolutions. Our city is a huge belly full of material testimonies and stories that need to be recovered and reflected in their signification.

The ‘S27 – Art and Education’ implements, together with the Stadtmuseum (‚City Museum‘) and the StreetUniverCity, archaeological and artistic expeditions with young people. The rubble and traces of the past can become keys that allow young people from different scenes and communities -via haptic experiments and aesthetic processes- to reflect on past events and to give a concrete form to the culture of remembrance. Young people experience their own activation and discovering as a relevant social contribution, which leads to deepened understanding and engagement. And regardless of the span of their own life experiences, society urgently needs their perspectives to combine historical reflection with action for the future.

Two MONUMENTS are planned to be created for the first year of the project.

Archeology at the Teufelsberg – a ‘recycling hardware store’ is growing out of recovered mountain rubble materials at Haus der Statistik.

Our current campaign PUSHBACK PRODUCTION aims to thematize Germany’s postcolonial present and today’s neo-colonial practices. The example of the textile trade shows that goods move more freely than people: textiles are sent around between various countries during the production process before they finally reach the European market and end up in our wardrobes. Large parts of the clothes that we get rid off in old-clothes containers for supposed charitable purposes are shipped to various African countries, which significantly damages the local production there. Europe sends huge quantities of old clothes (trash) to Africa while at the same time pushbacks of refugee boats are organized on the Mediterranean Sea.

We want to draw attention to the social and political dimension of production and consumption and look more closely at its parallel with the immigration issue. With partners in Benin, Cameroon and Kenya we are experimentally reversing the roles and organizing pushbacks of European waste back to Europe. As a campaign work, we reimport over 300 kg of old clothes that were previously shipped from Europe to Africa. The aim is to depict the absurdity of our system by pushing it one step further. A special “pop-up store” is planned, which will stage the re-import and make the path of textiles visible.

Berlin’s old center: The archaeological excavations at the Berliner Molkenmarkt were not only an important material donor for ZACK – der Umbaumarkt. Some of our trainees work here as excavation helpers! Fotos: Luisa Durrer, Luis Krummenacher
 ZACK | der Umbaumarkt: Teufelsberg and the House of Statistics, rubble and recycling, hardware store and museum, arranging and reflecting, material and experience. Photos: Luis Krummenacher, Abdallah Haj Ali, Aris Kress-Kallidromitis.


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Foto: Aris Kress-Kallidromitis & Luis Krummenacher