Cities are facing challenges all over the world. How is it possible to expand and preserve urban space as a common area of society even in times of its economic exploitation and privatization? What is the role of art, culture, architecture, self-organized action and activism in these processes? Over the past few years artists, architects, philosophers, urbanists and activists have been working on these questions in seven different European cities within the framework of the international project ACTOPOLIS. The Art of Action.
The exhibition presents project examples from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects show a rich repertoire of options for action to shape and change the cities in which we live in. Actopolis calls for action and inspiration. The exhibition (design NODE, Berlin - Oslo and SSW architects, Berlin) is an action space.
The variable parts of the exhibition are divided into 6 chapters with the following contents:
Info: Information, Credits
Concepts: The curatorial concepts of the participating cities
Projects: Overview of all projects realised within the framework of ACTOPOLIS
Topics: Materials on the core topics: Education, Heritage, Infrastructure, Labour, Migration, Nationalism, Segregation, Self-Organisation, Social Struggle, South, Urban Geography, Urban Warfare
Methods: Materials on the core methods: Claiming, Collaborating, Collecting, Making, Playing, Recording, Researching, Sharing, Talking
Contexts: About the participating cities: Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Oberhausen, Sarajevo, Zagreb
The material presented on 50 panels is supplemented by media stations that show film and video productions of the project. The "public space" of the exhibition - action areas between the semicircular rooms - offers the possibility for local supplements, framework events and workshops.