AboutWe! A World Community?
What connects us humans across the globe? Do we have a common responsibility as a community? Do the systems in which we live work toward and contribute to peaceful coexistence on this earth? Current political developments differ widely in their answers to these questions. There are attempts to separate and to isolate oneself, but there are also efforts to achieve unity and solidary.
In this exhibit, the idea of cosmopolitanism is chosen as a starting point from which to illustrate different historical and contemporary understandings of the way human beings live together on this earth.
The concept of the world as one unit is an ancient one and can be found across and in the most diverse cultures. Yet the history of this idea of the world as one unit also contains the history of European domination, tethered to political and economic efforts to gain and maintain power. The effects of these efforts can be seen in the economic and political systems that rule the world today. How successful can these systems then be in representing the interests of all people? Who has a voice in how decisions are made and who is excluded? And where do we as individuals stand in this global community?
To kick off this exhibit, we invite the public to co-create a scent-installation in cooperation with a collective of scent-artists from the Scent Club Berlin. We request that all who attend the opening bring with them objects and materials they associate with terms like "home" and "community." What does home smell like to you? What reminds you of your community? All objects will be handled on-site in a collective process of extraction. As a result, each and every person will have contributed their own piece of a great (whole) and unique Berlin scent of home.
Artists: Herlambang Bayu Aji, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Ahmed Ramadan, Christina Werner, Florian T M Zeisig, The Scent Club Berlin.
Loaner: Klaus Schittich - Association of World Citizens Deutschland e. V., Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg.
nohow collective: Asya Ahmadkhanova, Irina Olivia Heinze, Annika Lorenz, Chaveli Sifre Riestra, Anne Stabler, Julia Widmayer, Paulina Weiß.
Lecturers: Isabel Alvarez, Daniela Bystron, Antje Canzler, Prof. Dr. Susan Kamel, Stefanie Kuhn.