We! A World Community?
January 26 – February 15, 2018
A group of international students of the master program “Management and Communication in Museums” at HTW Berlin has joined in the nohow collective to present in cooperation with the FHXB Museum in Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg their own exhibition:
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? Do we need states and borders?
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?
In the historical section of this exhibit, quotes from different global citizens transmit the thoughts of generations past. Present-day relationships and interactions on earth are illustrated on maps, highlighting global inequalities as the second section of the exhibit. Personal stories from people from the local Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighborhood as well as international voices on the topic of the “global community” can be heard in the form of interviews in the third section of the exhibit. The three areas are not, however, stand-alone, but interact with one another and are enriched by contemporary artistic perspectives and positions.
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.
Participating 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.