Das Münzviertel in der Experimental Station 6100 S Blackstone Ave. Chicago 11/22/2014

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Even though the whole of Chicago (already deeply involved in preparations for Thanksgiving) was not there, with the help of Luci Westphal-Solary (translation), we did our best together to represent the (Münzviertel) neighborhood well at the Experimental Station (http://ExperimentalStation.org). The positive feedback from the audience pointed in that direction. The Experimental Station is both a fascinating and inspiring place. I wish we’d have more of them: in Chicago, Hamburg and in other places. My respect goes to Dan Peterman (http://DanPeterman.com) for his work at the Experimental Station.

Günter Westphal, 11/24/2014

Das ganze Chicago (bereits tief verstrickt in der Vorbereitung zum Thanksgiving) war zwar nicht da, aber mit Luci Westphal-Solary {Translation) Hilfe haben wir gemeinsam nach bestem Bemühen das Viertel gut in der Experimental Station http://www.experimentalstation.org vertreten. Die positiven Rückmeldungen aus dem Zuhörerkreis wiesen in diese Richtung. Die Experimental Station ist zugleich ein faszinierender und inspirierender Ort. Ich wünschte, wir hätten mehr davon: in Chicago, Hamburg und auch anderswo. Meine Hochachtung gilt Dan Peterman http://www.danpeterman.com für seine Arbeit an der Experimental Station.

Günter Westphal, 24/11/2014

s. weiter: http://www.muenzviertel.de/blog/?p=2218

City Development from the Bottom Up – The Example Of The Hamburg (Germany) Neighborhood Münzviertel – A Conversation with Günter Westphal – Saturday, November 22, 5pm Experimental Station – 6100 South Blackstone Ave, Chicago


biker worksBlackstone Bicycle Works  http://www.experimentalstation.org/blackstone-bikeFarmers Market Indoor Farmers Marke http://www.experimentalstation.org/indoor-farmers-market-dec-6th-2014Muenzplatz collage_WestphalPhoto collage, Münzplatz, 2005

The Experimental Station is happy to host a presentation by Günter Westphal called “City Development From The Bottom-Up” or “Art Comes First” – As Seen Through The Example Of The Hamburg (Germany) Neighborhood Münzviertel. The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Saturday, November 22, 5pm
Experimental Station – 6100 South Blackstone Ave, Chicago

For 13 years, Günter Westphal has been artistically exploring the Hamburg, Germany, neighborhood Münzviertel. The neighborhood lies directly south of the Hamburg main train station. Its urban landscape is characterized by two large citywide social institutions; one for drug addicts and the other for the homeless. The central idea of his artwork is to contemplate the intervention power of art in public, social and political spaces.

With this work approach, he stands contrary to the traditional city planning culture, which, in his opinion, can only be described as a designer of urban infrastructure and engineering operations that is limited by its hierarchical top-down method. Instead, he goes to where the people with their everyday activities and knowledge are. He listens to them and adds his aesthetic knowledge and artistic practice to initiate and further the goal, established together with them through participatory dialogue, of a lasting identity-creating city redevelopment from the bottom-up.

The identification of people with their neighborhood and neighborly network occurs only where they are given the opportunity to participate in the development of their neighborhood and network in a self-responsible manner.According to Günter Westphal, such a partnership-based city planning culture “is nothing finished. It is poetic, promotes the in-between and denies the expulsion of long-established residents (gentrification). It operates in the political and celebrates the beautiful.”

The event is part of the artist exchange 2014 between Hamburg and Chicago, presented by the Goethe Institut and the Hamburg Ministry of Culture, and is free and open to the public. See you there!
http://www.experimentalstation.org/city-development-from-the-bottom-up

https://www.facebook.com/goetheinstitut.chicago/photos/a.94427222485.86352.22133567485/10152834588322486/?type=1&theater

s. weiter: Chicago: http://www.muenzviertel.de/blog/?p=2167
s. weiter: District Development: http://www.muenzviertel.de/blog/?p=2080
s. weiter: Werkhaus: http://www.muenzviertel.de/blog/?p=2147