7th – 9th of September 2016
We seem to live in a society, which is mostly talking about and with this inventing limitations. The Re-rise of borders, a problem management which let appear most situations as an attack on existing structures. Kitev invites to gather to concentrate on possible and already realised possibilities.
With guests from the New Ideas For Old Buildings (NIFOB) project, coming from 7 small and medium sized towns from 6 countries from the Baltic to the Balkans, we will talk and compare solutions for public involvement in decision‐making of public property management and sustainable urban development. Focusing on the management of empty buildings as well as on actual models of co-‐working, ‐living, ‐ existing of refugees and „native society“ – and their possible interface. Let’s open up reality, let’s cultivate a fracture to grow something unprecedented. Join three days of exploring and expanding actual realities!
Tower at the main train station, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1A, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany
Mit! Workshops, Konzerte & Gutes Essen In Einer Ko-Kreativen Gesellschaft
7. – 9. September 2016
Oberhausen mit seinen Schrumpfungs-, Prekarisierungs- und Restrukturierungsprozessen hat viel Platz und viele Fragen danach, wie leerstehende Wohn- und Einzelhandelsimmobilien weiter genutzt werden sollen. Gleichzeitig beschäftigt sich die Stadt aus aktuellem Anlass mit Migration und Interkultur.
Seit Jahren bewegen wir uns in der Stadt Oberhausen. Mit internationalen Forschungs- und Arbeitsprojekten, die lokale und regionale Fragestellungen in ein europäisches Verhältnis setzen, verschränkt kitev zu zwei Themenfeldern: „New ideas for old buildings“ fragt nach aktuellen Konzepten von Leerstands(um)nutzung in mittelgroßen Städten und mit „Refugees for co-creative cities“ werden neue Modelle von Kollaboration und die Schaffung praktischer Möglichkeitsräumen überprüft.
Es scheint, dass wir in einer Gesellschaft leben, die sich der eigenen Limitierungen bewusster ist als ihrer Möglichkeiten und damit auch ständig neue Grenzen produziert. Kitev möchte dazu einladen, sich in einer großen Versammlung für einige Tage den Möglichkeiten zu widmen. Wir glauben: die Fragen nach Leerstand und Zusammenarbeiten, -leben, -sein einer diversen Gesellschaft müssen gemeinsam diskutiert und realisiert werden.
Der Turm am Hauptbahnhof Oberhausen, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1A, 46045 Oberhausen, Deutschland
All day – Arrival of NIFOB participants from Latvia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro;
Arrival of Guests from Middlesbrough (GB)
19h – Welcome Dinner @Gdanksa
8h – Breakfast
10h – Reality check Guided walk and bus tour Oberhausen & Ruhr area
Bustour through the region to different places and examples of re-‐use.
Invited speakers from different projects will make special inputs and thoughts. Lunch in Duisburg Marxloh
16.30h – Strengthen and protect public discussion Conversion and social vulnerability
with Michael Groschek, Minister of Building, Housing, Urban and Transport of North Rhine Westphalia, locals and city administration.
Housing projects for vulnerable groups as unemployed, migrants, homeless people, disabled or addicts are mostly based on the idea of welfare and care. In order to protect people of a demanding and challenging society, the responsibility of the people for their environments is taken from them. This manifests itself in financial reductions and a will to produce as less necessary engagement as possible. We observe a reality of shrinking self-‐motivation and possibilities to be an active member of society. Actual migration is also taken by this logic of helping people and support them with an already existing infrastructure. This is taking a lot of energy from the „native“ society. At the same time, e.g. the city centre of Oberhausen is for a long time lacking a concept of its future use. This afternoon, we want to discuss possibilities of not just finding a new purpose for buildings for vulnerable groups, but perceive them as joined forces of a different policy and self-‐understanding.
19.00h Refugees’ kitchen cooks and invites: Ruhr Off Film premiere @Museumsbahnsteig
Refugees´ Kitchen is a mobile kitchen, developed through a collaboration between artists and refugees. A mobile kitchen, that through collective work would be co-‐planned, co-‐built and co-‐operated. Subsequently, it rolls from city to city and sheds light on the respective regions that the asylum seekers have left -‐ through culinary as well as additional programs: concerts, lectures, discussions, etc… This project thus is the host of the powwows evening programs. It’s gonna cater the people with the joys of international local food and invited different artists to show and play their work at Museumsbahnsteig. Tonight: a film premiere of the director’s duo Matthias Coers and Grischa Dallmer, who have been diving through the off culture in Ruhr area.
Public discussion: Conversion and social vulnerability
10h Housing policies with & for vulnerable groups Exhibition & staircase lecture
International cases @ Oberhaus/FK4 with NIFOB Partners, locals & city government;
All day: Wheels/Better Together
Several creative Workshops in the Oberhaus/FK4 – staircase & appartments: Serigraphy, theatre basics, photography…
11.30h Vacancy and housing Workshops @ Oberhaus/ FK4 groundfloor;
with NIFOB Partners, locals & city government
15h internal Meeting of NIFOB Partners
16.30h Co-creative village Riace Keynote Domenico Lucano (enquired) @ Leerstand
It was in the year 1998 already that Domenico Lucano realised a since long time developed idea as the newly announced mayor of the small village Riace in the problematized region in Italy. The village at that time suffered for a long time from its growing shrinkage. For decades emigration drained life from Riace, a village of 2,000 on the Calabrian coast. When a boatload of Kurdish refugees reached its shores in 1998, Lucano, then a schoolteacher, saw an opportunity. Unwanted in the allover european context, they faced a reality of struggle. Lucano emphasized the newly arrived as an urgently needed power for his village and thus initiated a model of a co-‐creative city which has been premiered several times. He offered them Riace’s abandoned apartments along with job training. Eighteen years on, Mayor Lucano is hailed for saving the town, whose population now includes migrants from 20-‐some nations, and rejuvenating its economy. (Riace has hosted more than 6,000 asylum seekers in all.) Though his pro-‐refugee stance has pitted him against the mafia and the state, Lucano’s model is being studied and adopted as Europe’s refugee crisis crests.
17.30h Real possibilities Discussion at Leerstand
with: Domenico Lucano (I), Phil Wood (GB), Prof. Dr. – Ing. J. Alexander Schmidt (D), Mark Terkessidis, (D), Urban Jeriha (SLO), (all enquired)
The keynote of Domenico Lucanos experience in Riace serves as the discursive playground for a public round table of civil society and experts. We would like to amplify the discussion with experts from the sustainable urban development as well as examples from other countries in Europe and short presentations of the examples of NIFOB Partners.
19.00h Refugees’ kitchen cooks and invites: World Beat Club (& The Freedes) Concerts & Music @Museumsbahnsteig
The ‘WorldBeatClub -‐ Tanzen und Helfen e.V.’ is a non-‐profit organization with the target of combining charitable work and having fun together. Helping unites – and so does partying. For this reason they are organizing parties and concerts, but also flea markets, exhibitions, poetry slams and anything else which is fun and brings people together. That way donations are raised which are then used to realize own aid projects. The WorldBeatClub shows that by creating something in common it is possible to have fun and to do good at the same time!
Phil Wood: Intercultural cities
Real possibilities – Discussion at Leerstand
10h During daytime few options to discover Ruhr Area:
Hafenrundfahrt Duisburg; Bicycle Tour through the region…
All day: Wheels/Better Together
Several creative Workshops in the Oberhaus/FK4 Serigraphy, theatre basics, photography…
19.30h Farewell evening with music, food and drinks
Refugee’s kitchen cooks and invites: Audible Life, Guy Dermosessian (Kalakuta Soul Records) Concerts & Music @Museumsbahnsteig
Oberhausen is a shrinking city, with a reduced purchasing power and disappearing retail trade in the city centre, thus empty buildings and shops appear in the very heart of the city. Our aim is to involve stakeholders from the cultural sphere, the government and the private sector in the revitalisation process of the city centre and to activate citizen participation in this process. Oberhausen also has a best practice example, i.e. the main train station water tower, worth studying and copying.
Goal of the event
Oberhausen sees here a good opportunity to discuss and to collaborate with a broader civil society in order to solve the problems of empty spaces in the city centre. A revitalized city centre involving all relevant stakeholders is a high priority of Oberhausen. In addition to that, the city wants to share and promote their best practice example of water tower.