Visitors to the Next Library Conference and the Berlin Library Festival 2018 were able to update the Berlin encyclopaedia in the “knowledge cloud”.

Sharing knowledge!
Children and young people create the Berlin encyclopaedia of urban society.

At a time when more and more people from all over the world are arriving in Berlin and bringing new treasures of experience and knowledge into the city’s culture, the question of what we should know is posed anew. Children and young people dare to take a snapshot and ask long-established residents and newcomers.

What do we know? What do we want to learn? What is important to know? A team of young people conducts surveys at flea markets, in football stadiums, parks, railway stations and shopping areas. Eight school classes each spend a week in neighbourhood libraries in search of the city’s hidden knowledge.

From the results – objects, texts, films, found objects, installations and performances – they formed the “Berlin Lexicon of Urban Society”, a walk-in cabinet of curiosities in a knowledge cloud, which was presented in September 2018 as part of the  »Next Library Conference Berlin«

Duration: October 2017 to September 2018.

Project management: Sabeth Kerkhoff
Artist: Luis Krummenacher

Knowledge Cloud at the Berlin Library Festival | School project week in the Berlin City Library with the pupils of the Marcel-Breuer Upper Secondary School Centre to kick off the wissenteilen project, 16 to 21 October 2017. Participating artists: Sebastian Däschle, Matze Görig, Sabeth Kerkhoff, Hendrik Scheel, Anja Scheffer, Oliver Scheffer, Todosch Schlopsnies, Federica Teti, Rainer Untch | Photos: Aris Kress-Kallidromitis / Sabeth Kerkhoff | S27

Excerpts from the Berlin Lexicon of Urban Society, click here for the complete collection of knowledge.

In Zusammenarbeit mit:
Corporate Design ZLB-Wortbildmarke 100%_RGB mit Schrift Kopie

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Picture: Aris Kress-Kallidromitis