The "Haus der Einwanderungsgesellschaft" as a Site of Encounter
In the Meet Up! lab, we – together with people from Cologne Kalk – are tackling the topic "Encounter(s) in the Immigration Society", and asking the question of what an exhibition needs to invite visitors to engage in new encounters.
The lab takes place across multiple workshops. These are organized and led by Danielle Kuijten (Heritage Concepting, Amsterdam) together with DOMiD staff members Sandra Vacca and Azziza B. Malanda. The workshops are additionally supported and guided by the architecture collective raumlaborberlin. In coordination with the team, raumlaborberlin is taking on the design and construction of the exhibition.
TREFFPUNKT – An Exhibition on Encounters
In the first lab focuses on the topic of 'encounter'. Together with people from the Cologne Kalk, several workshops explored the questions, among others: What personal associations do we have with the term 'encounter'? What do encounters mean in Kalk? How do encounters shape today's migration society? How do spontaneous or created encounters promote or prevent a sense of home? And can these encounters be visualized and located on a map of Kalk?
During the workshops, the participants shared personal stories, places, and objects. Topics such as work, food, activism and entrepreneurship as well as different types of encounters were addressed and discussed. Inspired by these conversations and topics, the DOMiDLabs team then researched objects and documents in the DOMiD collection. In dialogue with the collection that emerged from the workshops, these form a narrative of how we collectively negotiate urban space and shape our contemporary realities.
The result of the collaborative work is an open exhibition of objects, maps, and boxes that can be explored, commented, and added to. Visitors are invited to meet each other, to encounter narratives, places and objects from Kalk - and elsewhere - as well as to contribute their own. In this way, a dynamic place is created in which somewhat different exhibition experiences can be experienced together.
29.10. | Recipe (exchange) workshop
Treffpunkt: Halle, Alte Feuerwache Köln, 11:00 a.m., please register by 27.10.2022 at firstname.lastname@example.org (max. 15 participants)
This workshop is about culinary encounters. Which favorite dish do you like to share with others? What ingredients does it require and where can you buy them? Which dish has a special meaning for you - for example, because you associate it with a person and/or a particular moment? Bring your recipes - and if you like, your special ingredients - and share them with other participants. The results of the workshop will become part of the exhibition and can be experienced by visitors.
03.11. | Plant (exchange) workshop
Treffpunkt: Halle, Alte Feuerwache Köln, 18:30, please register by 01.11.2022 at email@example.com (max. 15 participants)
In this workshop we would like to get together and (exchange ideas about) plants: Which plant has a special meaning for you? With which plant do you associate a certain place and/or people? And which plants do you simply like to have around you? Feel free to bring a branch, or even better, cuttings of a plant for the other participants and share with us your knowledge about it. The plants (stories) collected in the workshop will populate and grow the exhibition.
05.11. | Walk through the industrial and social history of Kalk
Treffpunkt: Kalker Kapelle, 2:00 p.m., please register by 02.11.2022 at firstname.lastname@example.org (max. 15 participants)
12.11. | Walk through the industrial and social history of Kalk
Treffpunkt: Kalker Kapelle, 2:00 p.m., please register by 09.11.2022 at email@example.com (max. 15 participants) // FULLY BOOKED
Peter Zillig from the Geschichtswerkstatt Kalk will guide us through Cologne Kalk: the history of Kalk is the story of the rise and loss of its industry. During the walk we will look at the fate of the people in this exciting Cologne district and go to interesting points and places. Duration 1.5 to 2 h.
More info on the Kalk History Workshop at www.gw-kalk.de.
13.11. | Do It Yourself Screen Printing Station
Treffpunkt: Halle, Alte Feuerwache Köln, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., no registration required
In this open event by printer Lukas Ley, visitors can design a bag using the screen printing process. So they can take a souvenir of "TREFFPUNKT" home with them.
People of Cologne Kalk
The first lab brings together people who all have a connection to the district of Kalk in Cologne, on the right side of the Rhine. The future migration museum, that is being planned and developed by DOMiD, will be located in Kalk. Those who live and work here in Kalk all have different backgrounds and (migration) stories, and help make Kalk the, creative, lively, multifaceted and versatile place that it is. The group "People of Cologne Kalk" is very dynamic. That means new people are always joining the workshops, some just stop by once and others come to every meeting.
Danielle Kuijten holds a Master of Museology from the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam. She is acting director and co-curator at Imagine IC, a pioneer in the field of contemporary heritage practices. Here she produced recently projects on topics of resistance, religion, gender and legacy of slavery in contemporary society. At Imagine IC she also heads the co-collection lab. This lab researches a variety of collecting/collection questions in order to come to more equal democratic heritage practices. As a freelancer she is active in the heritage field under the name Heritage Concepting. Danielle has been an active member of ICOM COMCOL’s international committee for collecting for many years, and since 2019 in the role of president.
raumlaborberlin has been working out of Berlin since 1999 at the intersection of culture and urban planning, installation artworks, exhibitions and temporary structures. In their work, the architecture collective addresses space, the city and urban renewal as both a cultural project and a process. They are drawn to work in difficult urban locations. Places chafing and pulled between various systems, eras and planning ideologies, and that cannot adapt. Places that have been given up on, that are left over and left behind, but that still represent a not insignificant value to the cityscape. These places are their testing grounds. They have unused potential that raumlaborberlin attempts to activate. This opens up new perspectives for alternative usage patterns, a shared culture, urban diversity and difference. In Cologne, raumlaborberlin has previously been involved in, among other projects, the exhibition RESIST! The Art of Resistance at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, as well working to prepare the Hallen Kalk.