Art. Architecture. International Politics: Transit Spaces
24 August 2019

Bucerius Summer School

A collaboration between ANCB and ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

The 2019 Bucerius Summer School (BSS) workshop examined questions regarding 'Transit Spaces' on spatial, social, artistic and political levels through input presentations and participatory workshops.

Transit Spaces have become increasingly important for investigating the interaction and interconnectedness between places, institutions, actors and concepts across (multiple forms of) borders. The term transit is embedded within all aspects of human life, especially in the present-day era of rapid mobility, globalisation and digitalisation. The characteristics and consequences of transit spaces and places in-between were examined, while questionsing the effects on people, their identity, economical and societal stability and international politics.

The BSS workshop ensured a multidisciplinary discussion and enabled participants to explore current topics in creative ways. Participants were encouraged to contribute their own experience or concrete examples to the discussion. This one-day programme was part of the Bucerius Summer School 2019 and is linked to the ANCB long-term programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place.

The BSS event had two parts
Three input presentations with Q+A
2. A workshop session where the participants were divided into three groups. Each group examined a focus theme within the topic of 'Transit Spaces'. The participants were then provided with a toolbox and the help of a workshop coach and co-coach.

Workshop Themes
1. Transit Spaces in Art: This topic dealt with artistic concepts related to spatial perception and spaces of communication.
Workshop Coach: Gabi Schillig, Artist and Architect, Studio for Dialogical Spaces Berlin, Professor for Spatial & Exhibition Design, Berlin University of the Arts
Co-coach: Yuka Oyama, Artist, Berlin, Germany

2. Transit Spaces in Politics: This workshop focused on relationships in, to and through territories.
Workshop Coach
: Benjamin Tallis, Senior Researcher, Institute for International Relations, Prague
Co-coach: Christian Ridder, BUSINESS as VISUAL, Berlin 

3. Transit Spaces in Architecture: In this workshop spatial aspects of passing through, encounter and permanence were examined. Can today's transit spaces influence cultural identity and perspective?
Workshop Coach: Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager ANCB, Berlin
Co-coaches: Karsten Komp and Michael Arndt, MACINA digital film, Hannover

Sascha Suhrke, Programme Director Politics and Society, ZEIT Stiftung, Bucerius Summer School, Hamburg
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

Input Talks
Benjamin Tallis, Researcher, Institute for International Relations, Prague
Barbara Holzer, Architect, Director Holzer Kobler Architekturen, Zurich
Gabi Schillig, Artist and Architect, Studio for Dialogical Spaces Berlin, Professor for Spatial & Exhibition Design, Berlin University of the Arts

Q & A
moderated by Eberhard Sandschneider

Introduction Workshop Premise & Task
Dunya Bouchi
& Miriam Mlecek, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

In collaboration with:
Bucerius Summer School

Photo Credits:
© Zeit-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer






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