Presentation of the projects
The placeI first thought about which aspect of „the political potential“ interested me the most, and I found the aspect of encounter, contact, connection and communication. I started to look for places, that would favor or encourage this aspect, places where I could watch or experience it. I took a closer look at a peaceful church ground with a pleasant atmosphere, the church St. Bartholomew in Halle Giebichenstein. I found, that the aesthetics, the calm and protected atmosphere and the path around the church could slow down and maybe open the people for contact.The projectGoing on from there, I decided to not look at one specific place but encounter itself, finding out: What are good conditions for contact? Where does communication begin? What are the dynamics of communication in the public space? What separates us, what connects us? What happens under the surface, beyond the mere content/ the words? I actively look for situations of connection between me and a stranger and write a text about each of them in a very personal, subjective manner. Together with illustrations or a similar way of associative visualization I want to put them in order to create a small book, which should inspire the reader and give an idea of the dynamics, as well as the different ways and possibilities of connection in the public.
#encounter #strangers #connection #communication #subjective #personal #text #illustration #association
The placeThe Riebeckplatz is a place of movement. Cars, trams, cyclists and pedestrians cross over the Riebeckplatz on three separated levels. With the increase of traffic in the 1960ies, the square was transformed into a massive concrete roundabout. Not many people use this place to rest or to linger. Among inhabitants the place is now known for heavy traffic and drug dealing. Within the last century the architecture and image has changed several times. The city of Halle is planing new architectural changes to improve the image.
The projectThe Riebeckplatz has been under construction several times due to the complexity of traffic passing and to its important location in the city centre. In the last century historical buildings were demolished several times in order to make space for new construction. Reusing old buildings was almost never an option. In my project I want to point out the fact that resources are being waisted in unsustainable city planing. Especially sand is a resource indispensable for the construction sector. After water it has become the most used resource world wide. By processing sand into concrete it can never return into its original shape.The Riebeckplatz, a place that mainly consists out of concrete and has been under constant architectural change. Is the perfect example for unsustainable city-planing. I want to create attention around the wasteful behaviour in the construction sector facing the fact that our resources are limited. I will display this topic in a three screen video installation.
#traffic #roundabout #construction #concrete #sand #ressource #video installation
The placeIn the center of the city of Halle (Saale) in Germany is the statue of Händel, the baroque composer. Only 160m away from it, there is a ruined two-story building, which is empty since the last 20 years. It is direct on the ‘Kleine Steinstreet’ and on the ‘Brüderstreet’ and has an L-form, 7m x 10m. The main entrance is on the corner with five stairs. It has raw and crumbling concrete outer walls with graffiti. The northern side of the outer wall is covered with a green net. It has many rectangular windows, which are mostly blocked with wood panels or metal bars. Among windows with glass panes, some are broken. On one of them, it is written, ‘sunday 0,5l beer = 2 €’. On some others, other words. Its overall tone is light brown.
The projectApprox. 11% of the buildings in Halle are empty and many of them are in the same condition as this building. It is a symbol of them and even though it is quite ruined, it has a certain beauty. I will make a ‘video book’ (with sound) about it, consisted of cover, three chapters, and a back cover. The first chapter is about sensory investigation of this building (colour, texture of the wall, smell, etc) and a couple of short texts about it. On the second chapter, related informations about this building will be shown through typographic visualization. Each information will be condensed as one or two sentences, such as ’you can report this building on www.leerstandsmelder.de.’ Lastly, photocollage of this building will be shown.This is my personal method to discover and appreciate this beautiful, sleeping building at the centre of Halle.
#sleeping building #halle #ddr #germany #videobook #self-writing about empty buildling #electronic display typography #photocollage
The placeThe place of my current investigation is specified with a former foundation of medieval city wall in Halle(Saale). A route about 3,6 km long is represented with the widest ring road in the city center, which actually was a moat between two stone walls in the Middle Ages. On the west it is still strengthened with an artificial water channel. Some particular parts of the wall are possible to see, some are still to be discovered in cellars. The line of facades includes the buildings of medieval time, like a fortified castle Moritzburg (today an art museum) on the north-west; but the most of the constructions do not stand out from typical city-center buildings. Places located at the positions of the former gates cause the special interest due to the perspective of comparative studies.
The projectWhether we want it or not, our cities are built up from borders. The walls, fences, frontages, roads, restrictive lines are forming the natural visuality of the urban landscape. They are protecting our private spaces and structuring the public places. They are an inalienable part, mostly not being treated as an independent organism – they are the skin of the city. Following them we turn them to invisible, but we bear the expectancy of a restriction as our characteristic as citizens. What for invisible borders do exist in the city and how do they affect our behavior? What role the historical, administrative, geographical, psychological boundaries play today, whether we can talk about memory of borders? The project questions our awareness of limitations in different approaches.
#border #borderline #limit #wall #invisible #dialectics #memory #skin
The place The place „Roter Ochse“ („Red Ox“) is actually a prison (german:„Justizvollzugsanstalt (JVA)“), which is located in a quarter called „Mühlwegviertel“ – and is one of the most demanded and lively uptown in the northern centre of Halle/Saale. But even if the location of the prison is as central as it is – situated between the art university, botanical garden and surrounded by residential houses and mansions – it’s nearly impossible to get an inside above the stonewall, which is some meters high and consists of porphyry, which gives the wall its red color. The area of the JVA has eleven main buildings, which are currently all in use.
The projectWhat I mainly want to focus on during the project is the aspect of isolation, which is, in my opinion, a disturbing issue at all. While some are imprisoned and punished through exclusion of the remaining society, it’s nearly impossible for the not-imprisoned to get in contact with the prisoners. Most of the prisons today are therefore located in the outskirts of cities – the „Red Ox“ is one of the last prisons, which is yet situated in the centre of a city, but still invisible due to its high, red walls. I would like to install sign posts in the public space as an informative system, which shows and remembers of the existence of the prison.
#central(ly located) #invisible (at the same time) #prison #isolation #segregation #penalty
The placeThe public place is located in the heart of the old town of Halle (Saale). It has a sqaure form is paved with small granite stone. All around the place is a street. On one of its endings it’s visual dominated by the main city church and a doublestorey annex, in which a restaurant and a supermarket are located. On the opposite ending of the place there’s a well made of sandtone. It’s got a bronze sculptural group on and around it. They show stories and myths of the cities history. Around the place are maple trees planted and on one side are benches in between them. On the opposite side theres a tram station. There isn’t lots of traffic neither car or people. The area is mainly used as a passing through place or a consumption place for few people. It was a very important place for the Halles developement and political history. It’s very sad, that this historical importance of the place got lost in the heads of the people.
The projectAccording to the non-use and invisibility of the Hallmarkt in everyday life i am designing a campaign with fictional events taking place on this public space. The intention is, that i give hints to the people what possibly could take place on this unused space in the city center. Events could be (1) a yoga lesson, (2) a time-based parking lot, (3) a public picnic or even much more crazy ones. I want to approach the topic in a graphic way, designing different posters for the events and put them back in the public space. This gives back an impulse for people to claim the public space for their own use.
#marketplace #fiction #campaign #non-use #claim #invisibility #history #event #central #poster
The placeAm Steintor is a very vivid place in terms of traffic. It hosts a spot for trams, cyclists, pedestrians and cars, because it functions as an entrance to the inner city. Besides that, Am Steintor was very recently renovated, as seen by the clean concrete floors. Typical is the unique triangular shape, since it’s a rather odd shape for a public space. Around the place we find colorful and medium-sized buildings with a lot of windows and some shops. There is also a small park in the middle with some trees and grass, even flowers in summer. The benches and garbage bins are spread all over Steintor.
The projectI’m doing two projects.For the first one, I research how people who (don’t) know Am Steintor interpret the place. I let them make a drawing from a description of Steintor, someone else describes that drawing, another person draws that description again and so on. Now I just go further with exploring different tracks and methods for people to draw and describe.The second project is based on flags, more precisely on flagpole holders. The idea came out of graffiti tags claiming a space, just like flags (e.g. the moon). Right now I’m getting deeper into the matter of flagpole holders to generate content.
#triangle #drawings #descriptions #interpretation #graffititags #flags #flagpoleholders
Airport Halle Leipzig
The placeLeipzig/Halle Airport or Flughafen Leipzig/Halle is Germanys 13th largest airport by passengers and opened in 1927. It is located in the city Schkeuditz between the two cities Halle, Saxony-Anhalt and Leipzig, Saxony. In terms of cargo traffic the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and second busiest in Germany after Frankfurt Airport. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Military installations have also been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.
The projectMy project is about the visualization of operations that take place at the Leipzig/Halle Airport parallel to civil transport. Operations like deportation, military use and expulsion of local residents will be made visible through an Augmented Reality App used during an official guided tour offered by the airport.Additionally I create a google earth map which provides information in detail about legal actions against the airport from local initiatives, documents of the European Commission and further texts concerning these processes. This form of infiltrating an official guided tour could be transferred to others in any place.
#deportation #military use #expulsion of local residents #Augmented Reality App #google earth map #legal actions #infiltrating #official guided tour
The projectWith the upturn of rightpopulistic politics and the new-right (e.g. AfD, identitärian movement, KontraKultur, EinProzent), an increase of right spaces, that are accompanied by „no-go-areas“ for those within our population with a migrant background, can be monitored in the countryside, but alarming tendencies are also to be seen in the inner cities. Interesting is the apparent delimination towards the National Socialism rooted alt-right, mostly through their intellectual focus and their search for cross-links to the conservative spectrum which is a very intentional break with the habitat of the nowadays neo-nazis. They are strong through their networks.
The placeThe former RFT-site has been an empty space since 2006, when the old factory building was torn down. On the construction waste has grown a curious looking park, that looks more like a work of accident. The green space was a planned place holder for future projects, that are now taking form. The construction works will presumably start in spring of 2019. The plan is to raise an apartment building called „Riebecks Gärten“ (=Riebeck’s gardens) holding 250 flats on 10.000 m². Local Newspapers report that the estimated costs will be around 50 mio. €.
The projectI want to dedicate this semester to the analysis of participation, more specific on the opinion of neighbors to the soon to be realized project of the apartment building. What do people know about it? How do people get access to information? What do people think about it? Are people happy with the plan that is now settled? What would they want to be there, instead? How do you give a voice to residents? Do they even want to be heard? I started with a small task for the students of our class, I asked those questions and let them build fast architectural models to visualize problems, desires and visions.
#newbuilding #construction #opinions #architecturalmodels #participation #neighbors
Looking for pen pals
« Salut, je suis Theresa et j'étudie le design éditorial à la Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein. Comme vous, je participe au projet PLACES EN RELATION. Outre le fait que je collecte d'innombrables informations sur différentes places, je suis particulièrement intéressée par des paramètres subjectifs en relation avec les places. J'aimerais donc débuter un projet de mail artistique et je serais ravie si un grand nombre de personne venant de différents lieux pouvaient y participer ! Je pense à ce projet depuis un certain temps car j'ai vécu dans pleins d'endroits différents. J'ai parfois déménagé pour mes études, d'autres fois car j'étais curieuse de découvrir certaines villes, ou encore parce que les situations actuelles ne me convenaient pas. Je me suis demandé comment d'autres personnes de différents lieux appréhendaient ce sujet : s'il ont déménagé autant de fois que moi, ou au contraire, s'ils se sont installés à un unique endroit pour une certaine raison et ainsi, comment choisissent-ils leurs places ? Toutes les cartes postales seront montrées dans une publication / exposition à la fin du semestre.Envoyez moi simplement une carte postale de votre ville et écrivez-y vos impressions et pourquoi vous vivez là-bas.S'il-vous-plait, envoyez moi la carte postale à cette adresse, avant le 15/12/2017 : Burg Giebichenstein / Places en Relation / Neuwerk 7 / 06108 Halle (Saale) / Germany J'espère recevoir beaucoup de cartes postales et je serais reconnaissante si vous partagiez ce message à vos amis, afin qu'un plus grand nombre de participants puissent intégrer le projet ! Je vous remercie pour votre participation !Theresa »
Burg Giebichenstein / Places en Relation / Neuwerk 7 / 06108 Halle (Saale) / Germany
J'espère recevoir beaucoup de cartes postales et je serais reconnaissante si vous partagiez ce message à vos amis, afin qu'un plus grand nombre de participants puissent intégrer le projet ! Je vous remercie pour votre participation !
"Hi, my name is Theresa and I study Editorial Design at Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein. Like you, I participate in the PLACES EN RELATION project. Besides collecting measurable data about the different places, I am particularly interested in the subjective parameters, that are related to places. Therefore I want to start a mail art project and I would be happy if a lot of people from different places would get involved! I have been thinking about this subject for a while as I have been living in a lot of different places within the last years. Sometimes I moved because of work or studies, or because I was curious about a certain city and sometimes because I was discontent with the apartment situation. I wondered how other people in other places think about that topic: If they wander around as much as I do or if they have settled in one place for a certain reason and if so: how did they decide for that one place and what ties them there? All postcards will be shown in a publication/exhibition at the end of the semester. Simply Send me a postcard of the town you are living in and on the backside write down your thoughts on why you are living there. Please send the postcard to this address before 15/12/2017: Burg Giebichenstein / Places en Relation / Neuwerk 7 / 06108 Halle (Saale) / Germany I am looking forward to receive a lot of postcards and of course I would be happy if you spread this message to your friends, so that even more people can participate in the project! Thank you so much for participating!Theresa"
Please send the postcard to this address before 15/12/2017: Burg Giebichenstein / Places en Relation / Neuwerk 7 / 06108 Halle (Saale) / Germany
I am looking forward to receive a lot of postcards and of course I would be happy if you spread this message to your friends, so that even more people can participate in the project! Thank you so much for participating!
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Places in Halle
The map shows all the places we're working on in Halle.
Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Departement Information Design
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