Against a white background, there is an erected rectangle with black lines. DOMiD is written in black bold letters in the center. The rectangle is open at the bottom left, below DOMiD; the word Lab can be seen there. The rectangle is also open at the top right, above DOMiD; there it says 03.

Re-Act!

The Design of (Re-)Active Elements

The kick-off meeting of Lab #03 took place in June 2023. It was attended by numerous people from the wider community who had responded to a public call by DOMiDLabs. They form, together with İdil Efe (Berlin), Kollektiv Plus X (Leipzig), Sandra Vacca and Azziza B. Malanda (both DOMiDLabs), the lab team.

In terms of content, the third lab focused on the following questions: How did and do people arrive and settle in our society? How are they perceived, treated, and seen here? What role do gender, racism, social origin as well as financial circumstances play? Or in other words: What is a person worth?

In addition, the participants collectively considered how a (re-)active permanent exhibition could be designed to address current debates and the latest findings and to offer visitors opportunities to add to and comment on contributions.

In Lab #03, work was carried out in various workshops in which the participants contributed personal stories, thoughts and perspectives. These were gradually translated into design elements over the course of the lab process.

The result of the teamwork is WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society.

Participants at the info-meeting of Lab #03. Photo: DOMiD-Archiv, Cologne

WERT / SCHÄTZEN – Eine Ausstellung über Anerkennung in der Migrationsgesellschaft

Against a purple background, WERT is written in pale yellow letters on the upper long side and SCHÄTZEN on the lower long side. Above this, in black capital letters, is "WERT / SCHÄTZEN. An exhibition about recognition in the migration society."

WERT / SCHÄTZEN – Eine Ausstellung über Anerkennung in der Migrationsgesellschaft uses various stations to show how the participants of Lab #03 find individual answers to the intensively discussed questions in different ways and at different levels - and at the same time develop new questions. WERT / SCHÄTZEN offers space for exchange and invites visitors to react to contributions, share their own perspectives and reflect on appreciation and recognition in the migration society.

Duration: 20.01. - 28.02.2024

Exhibition venue: Halle of the Alte Feuerwache Cologne, Melchiorstraße 3, 50670 Cologne

Opening hours
Wed - Fri: 3 pm to 7 pm
Sat - Sun: 12 pm to 7 pm
Closed Mon and Tue and
Thu and Sun during carnival

Private group tours (max. 20 participants) on request at labs@domid.org

Admission and participation in events free of charge

Program

A rally round the neighbourhood of "Agnesviertel"

If you want to learn something about the neighbourhood of Agnesviertel, Thomas Wolter offers you a two-part unaccompanied rally. The first part is available as a printout in the exhibition space. This part takes about 30 minutes and sheds light on the history of the development of the Agnesviertel. The second part (QR code on the printout) invites you to take a 3-hour walk with puzzles through the entire district. We will look at the traces of the military forts, residential buildings and stories of migrant workers, the traces of Jewish life and the many small features that characterize this neighbourhood.

Saturday, 20.01.24, 4 pm | Guided tour in the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Halle, please register until 18.01.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 15 participants)

Staff from of the DOMiDLabs project will guide you through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society.
Participation in the event is free of charge.

Sunday, 21.01.24, 2:30 pm | Guided tour in the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Halle, please register until 18.01.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 15 participants)

Staff from of the DOMiDLabs project will guide you through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society.
Participation in the event is free of charge.

+++Due to the current GDL strike, the workshop with the Berlin collective EAST ALIEN COMPANY cannot take place+++

Saturday, 27.01.24, 2:30 pm | Game Workshop Alien without Extraordinary Ability

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln, Offener Treff, please register until 25.01.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 15 participants)

Alien without Extraordinary Ability is a game-based workshop on the quantification of migrant labor. The theatrical board game translates the experiences of migrant workers, the migration process, nationalism, and other key topics that relate to migration policy into a playable experience. The game workshop tour is in English. Participation in the event is free of charge.

Host: EAST ALIEN COMPANY

Saturday, 10.02.24, 3:00 pm | Guided tour in the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Halle, please register until 18.01.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 15 participants)

Staff from of the DOMiDLabs project will guide you through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society.
Participation in the event is free of charge.

+++Event is cancelled+++Sonntag, 18.02.24, 2 p.m. | The value of the worthless – Storytelling Café

Meeting Point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Halle, please register until 25.01.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 10 participants)

Some people own objects that seem worthless to others but are invaluable to them. They are objects that tell stories about migration, farewell, community, loss, love, arrival and much more. They bring back memories, longings or nostalgia.

But sometimes it may be that there are no such objects - what does that do to a person? Can new objects also become treasures?

In the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - Eine Ausstellung über Anerkennung in der Migrationsgesellschaft, Amelia Pavel and Juliane Schneider share their personal objects and the stories behind them with visitors at their station Der Wert des Wertlosen.

Which treasures tell your story? - As part of a storytelling café, you are invited to share your treasures and their stories in a small group. You are welcome to bring along your beloved objects or photos of them. And if you feel like it, you can also make them part of the exhibition.

Saturday, 24.02.24, 4:40 pm | Hallo.Danke.Ja. – Live-Podcast

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Kino, Entry: 4:15 pm, please register until 22.02.2024 at labs@domid.org

As part of the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - Eine Ausstellung über Anerkennung in der Migrationsgesellschaft, clips from Anna Di Biase's podcast Hallo.Danke.Ja. can be heard.

As part of the exhibition program, there will be a live episode of the podcast for the first time - and you are invited!
For this special episode, Anna Di Biase has invited DOMiDLabs employees Sandra Vacca and Azziza B. Malanda. The title of the episode is "There was always a common thread". Together they talk about the connections between biography, profession and social attributions.

About the podcast
Hallo.Danke.Ja. These are the first words you need in Germany when you make a new start. Accordingly, the podcast Hallo.Danke.Ja. offers a platform for the stories behind the people who are making a new start in Germany as nursing staff. As a German teacher in a Cologne hospital network, Anna Di Biase gets to know nursing staff from all over the world. Whether from Eastern Europe, India, Tunisia or Iran, learning a language, working and arriving in a new country is more than just learning vocabulary and grammar.

Wednesday, 28.02.24, 5:00 pm | Guided tour in the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN

Meeting point: Alte Feuerwache Köln / Halle, please register until 27.02.2024 at labs@domid.org (max. 15 participants)

Staff from of the DOMiDLabs project will guide you through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society.
Participation in the event is free of charge.

İdil Efe

Photo: Michael Setzepfand

İdil Efe is a curator and cultural manager passionate about promoting diversity and participation in society. As a Diversity Agent, she worked at the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin in the 360° Fund for New City Cultures program of the German Federal Cultural Foundation from 2019 to 2023. Prior to that, she worked as curator of the Berlin Global exhibition at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2016 to 2019. There, her work focused, among other things, on developing participatory exhibition formats on gender and faith, and subsequently on co-designing the open-space project 30 Kg. She also designed programs and content on a variety of topics and actively engaged visitors in the exhibition process. In the past, she also worked for the Bürgerstiftung Neukölln and managed the gallery Neuköllner Leuchtturm Raum für Fotografie. Idil Efe lives and works in Berlin.

Kollektiv Plus X

Kollektiv Plus X e.V. is an association of Designers with the goal of promoting democratic structures. They have worked on the intersection of design, art, and urbanism since their foundation in 2017. With expertise in design and implementation, they try to realize innovative concepts in cooperation with existing socio-cultural actors. Their goals in terms of content are to create a sense of community and vitality and to strengthen self-efficacy, self-administration, and exchange. The focus is on the design of mobile and temporary objects that turn public spaces into meeting places, exhibitions, stages, and cultural venues. To achieve this, they also organize events, cultural programs, collections, and educational offers such as participatory workshops. Together they want to instigate a culture of cooperation.

Photo: Vincent Dino Zimmer - Kollektiv Plus X